Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.
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WHY so pale and wan, fond lover?
Prithee, why so pale?
Will, when looking well can't move her
Looking ill prevail?
Prithee, why so pale?
Why so dull and mute, young sinner?
Prithee, why so mute?
Will, when speaking well can't win her,
Saying nothing do 't?
Prithee, why so mute?
Quit, quit for shame! This will not move;
This cannot take her.
If of herself she will not love,
Nothing can make her:
The devil take her!
—— Sir John Suckling, 1609–1642
While Suckling's advice is generally sound, clearly he had never met a Goth. And the last line has always seemed to me to be a bit harsh, and smelling suspiciously like sour grapes. But that's what he wrote.
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