O mistress mine
Lyricist: William Shakespeare, from Twelfth night, Act II, Scene 3.
Settings by composers
- William Armiger SATB
- George Alexander Macfarren SATB
- Thomas Morley Tenor solo
- William Byrd Tenor solo
- Charles Hubert Hastings Parry Tenor solo
- John Whittaker SATB
Texts and Translations
1 O mistress mine, where are you roaming?
O stay and hear, your true love's coming
That can sing both high and low.
2 Trip no further, pretty sweeting;
Journeys end in lovers' meeting,
Ev'ry wise man's son doth know.
3 What is love? 'Tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What's to come is still unsure:
4 In delay there lies no plenty;
Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty;
Youth's a stuff will not endure.