A Supplement of an Imperfect Copy of Verses of Mr. William Shakespear's, by the Author

Original Text: 
Sir John Suckling, Fragmenta Aurea (London: H. Moseley, 1646). Wing S6127. B-11 2046 Fisher Rare Book Library
1One of her hands one of her cheeks lay under,
2    Cosening the pillow of a lawful kiss,
3Which therefore swell'd, and seem'd to part asunder,
4    As angry to be robb'd of such a bliss!
5      The one look'd pale and for revenge did long,
6      While t'other blush'd, 'cause it had done the wrong.
7Out of the bed the other fair hand was
8    On a green satin quilt, whose perfect white
9Look'd like a daisy in a field of grass,
10    And show'd like unmelt snow unto the sight;
11      There lay this pretty perdue, safe to keep
12      The rest o' th' body that lay fast asleep.
13Her eyes (and therefore it was night), close laid
14    Strove to imprison beauty till the morn:
15But yet the doors were of such fine stuff made,
16    That it broke through, and show'd itself in scorn,
17      Throwing a kind of light about the place,
18      Which turn'd to smiles still, as't came near her face.
19Her beams, which some dull men call'd hair, divided,
20    Part with her cheeks, part with her lips did sport.
21But these, as rude, her breath put by still; some
22    Wiselier downwards sought, but falling short,
23      Curled back in rings, and seemed to turn again
24      To bite the part so unkindly held them in.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
2RP.1.334; RPO 1994-2000.