Short Love Poems -- Posy Ring Mottos

 
Monday, January 14, 2008, 23:57 - Poetry, Literature, Music
Just added a collection of old English posy ring poems. These are very short rhymed verses of varying charm and level of perfection. Great for Valentines and so on. Here are some of the best:

A LOVING WIFE PROLONGETH LIFE

AS GOD SAW FITT
OUR KNOTT IS KNITT


BE IT MY FORTUNE OR MY FAULT
LOVE MAKES ME VENTURE THIS ASSAULT

DESIRE AND DESERVE

DESIRE HATH NO REST

ENDLESS AS THIS
SHALL BE OUR BLISS



GOD HATH ME SENT MY
HART'S CONTENT

GOD SAW THEE
MOST FIT FOR ME

GOD'S DIRECTIONS JOYNED OUR
AFFECTIONS

GREAT IS THE GRIEF THAT I
SUSTAIN
WHICH HERE IS FIGURED BY A
FLAME
THAT DOTH TORMENT ME IN
EACH PART
BUT CHIEFLY SEIZETH ON MY
HEART
YET RATHER THAN MY HEART
SHALL TURN
FROM MY FAITH IN LOVE I'LE
BURN



I AM A PORE MAIDEN
AND FAINE WOULD MARRY
AND THE LACKE OF GOODS IS
THE CAUSE THAT I TARRY


I BID ADIEU TO ALL BUT YOU

I HAUE OBTAINED WHOME
GOD ORDAINED

I LIVE IF AYE IF NO I DIE

IF I THINK MY WIFE IS FAIR
WHAT NEED OTHER PEOPLE CARE

IN THEE A FLAME
IN ME THE SAME

LET LYKINGE LASTE

MY DEAREST BETTY IS GOOD AND PRETTY

NOT LUST BUT LOVE
AS TIME SHALL PROVE


OF RAPTUROUS JOYE
I AM THE TOYE

OF SUCH A TREASURE THEN
ART THOU POSSEST
FOR THOU HAST SUCH A HEART
IN SUCH A BREST


ROSEMARY ROSE I SEND TO THEE
IN HOPE THAT THOU WILT MARRY ME

SWEETHEART I PRAY
DOE NOT SAY NAY

THIS GIRDLE HAPLY
SHALL BE PLAC'D
TO COMPASS ROUND
YOUR NEAT SMALL WAIST
I WERE HAPPY IF IN THIS PLACE
I MIGHT THY SLENDER WAIST IMBRACE


THOU WERT NOT HANDSOM WISE BUT RICH
TWAS THAT WHICH DID MY EYES BEWITCH

TILL THAT FROM THEE
I HOPE TO GAIN
ALL SWEET IS SOWRE
ALL PLEASURE PAIN

TIS IN YOUR WILL
TO SAVE OR KILL

THAT I NERE SAW
BUT HAVE THE PICTURE SEEN
AND WISHT MY SELF BETWEEN
THINE ARMS SWEET NAN


VENUS NAKED IN HER CHAMBER
WOUNDS MORE DEEP THAN MARS IN ARMOUR

WE STRANGELY MET AND SO DO MANY
BUT NOW AS TRUE AS EVER ANY

YOU ARE THAT ONE
FOR WHOM ALONE
MY HEART DOTH ONLY CARE
THEN DO BUT JOYN
YOUR HEART WITH MINE
AND WE WILL MAKE A PAIR

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