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The Monday Poem > "Since there's no help" (Michael Drayton)

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message 1: by Patrick (new)

Patrick Idea 61: Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part

BY MICHAEL DRAYTON (1563-1631)

Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part.
Nay, I have done, you get no more of me;
And I am glad, yea glad with all my heart,
That thus so cleanly I myself can free.
Shake hands for ever, cancel all our vows,
And when we meet at any time again,
Be it not seen in either of our brows
That we one jot of former love retain.

Now at the last gasp of Love’s latest breath,
When, his pulse failing, Passion speechless lies;
When Faith is kneeling by his bed of death,
And Innocence is closing up his eyes—
Now, if thou wouldst, when all have given him over,
From death to life thou might’st him yet recover.


message 2: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments I am always surprised by how familiar Drayton's poems sound to me as I have not read very many of them. A great choice as he is a poet many may not be familiar with!

I love the opening two lines - well, all the first stanza really!


message 3: by Patrick (new)

Patrick Yes, I picked this because it is one of the great sonnets in English, but possibly unknown to many readers because it is NOT by Drayton's contemporary Shakespeare. The romantic predicament described here - It's over! But does it have to be? - is as contemporary as this morning, and always will be.


message 4: by LauraT (new)

LauraT (laurata) | 13223 comments Mod
I didn't know neither the author nor the poem; interesting Patrick!


message 5: by Greg (new)

Greg | 7530 comments Mod
A fun poem and universally relatable! Thanks for posting Patrick!


B the BookAddict (bthebookaddict) | 8315 comments Patrick, I simply loved this! Thank you.


message 7: by Gill (last edited Feb 05, 2017 10:41AM) (new)

Gill | 5720 comments Thanks a lot for this, Patrick.


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