Take, O Take those Lips Away

Original Text: 
William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure," Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, tragedies, & tragedies (London: Isaac Jaggard and Ed. Blount, 1623): 75 (Act IV, scene 1). STC 22273. Facs. edn.: Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1902. F-10 356 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto). New York: Norton, 1968. PR 2751 A15 1968 Robarts Library
2    that so sweetly were forsworne,
3And those eyes: the breake of day
4    lights that doe mislead the Morne;
5But my kisses bring againe, bring againe,
6Seales of loue, but seal'd in vaine, seal'd in vaine.


1] This song opens Measure for Measure, Act IV, scene 1, being sung by a boy to Mariana. With an added stanza, it was introduced into John Fletcher's The Bloody Brother (ca. 1620) and has been attributed to Fletcher. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
2RP.1.232; RPO 1996-2000.