by Anonymous / Unidentified Author and sometimes misattributed to William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

To‑morrow is Saint Valentine's day
Language: English 
  To-morrow is Saint Valentine's day,
  All in the morning betime,
  And I a maid at your window,
  To be your Valentine.
  Then up he rose, and donn'd his clothes,
  And dupp'd the chamber-door;
  Let in the maid, that out a maid
  Never departed more.

Indeed, without an oath, I'll make an end on't!
  By Gis and by Saint Charity,
  Alack, and fie for shame!
  Young men will do't, if they come to't;
  By cock, they are to blame.
  Quoth she, before you tumbled me,
  You promised me to wed.

  So would I ha' done, by yonder sun,
  An thou hadst not come to my bed.

J. Brahms sets stanza 1
R. Quilter sets lines 1-4

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These words are sung by Ophelia in Shakespeare's play Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5, but they are probably not by Shakespeare.


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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-26
Line count: 17
Word count: 106