George Wither

George Wither

George Wither (June 11, 1588May 2, 1667) was an English poet and satirist.

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  • Shall I, wasting in despair,
    Die because a woman’s fair?
    Or make pale my cheeks with care,
    ’Cause another’s rosy are?
    Be she fairer than the day,
    Or the flowery meads in May,
    If she be not so to me,
    What care I how fair she be?
    • The Shepherd's Resolution; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "If she undervalue me, What care I how fair she be?", Sir Walter Raleigh, Poem.
  • Jack shall pipe and Gill shall dance.
    • Poem on Christmas; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Hang sorrow! care will kill a cat,
    And therefore let ’s be merry.
    • Poem on Christmas; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "Hang sorrow! care ’ll kill a cat", Ben Jonson, Every Man in his Humour, Act i. Sc. 3.
  • Though I am young, I scorn to flit
    On the wings of borrowed wit.
    • The Shepherd’s Hunting (printed 1615); reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • And I oft have heard defended,—
    Little said is soonest mended.
    • The Shepherd’s Hunting (printed 1615); reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • And he that gives us in these days
    New Lords may give us new laws.
    • Contented Man’s Morrice; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • I loved a lass, a fair one,
    As fair as e'er was seen;
    She was indeed a rare one,
    Another Sheba queen:
    But, fool as then I was,
    I thought she loved me too:
    But now, alas! she's left me,
    Falero, lero, loo!
    • I Loved a Lass; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 390.

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