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Poem by William Davenant


The Coquet


TIS, in good truth, a most wonderful thing
(I am even ashamed to relate it)
That love so many vexations should bring,
And yet few have the wit to hate it.

Love's weather in maids should seldom hold fair:
Like April's mine shall quickly alter;
I'll give him to-night a lock of my hair,
To whom next day I'll send a halter.

I cannot abide these malapert males,
Pirates of love, who know no duty;
Yet love with a storm can take down their sales,
And they must strike to Admiral Beauty.

Farewell to that maid who will be undone,
Who in markets of men (where plenty
Is cried up and down) will die for even one;
I will live to make fools of twenty. 



William Davenant


William Davenant's other poems:
  1. For the Lady Olivia Porter; a Present upon a New-years Day
  2. The Christians Reply to the Phylosopher
  3. Life and Death
  4. Weep No More for What Is Past
  5. Ladies in Arms


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • William Somerville The Coquet ("When torturТd by the cruel Fair")

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