Sung by the clown in Shakespeare's "Twelth night" Act II Scene III, the tune
was arranged by William Byrd for Queen Elizabeth's Virginal Book of 1611
1. O mistress mine, where are you roaming ?
O mistress mine, where are you roaming ?
O stay and hear your true love's coming
That can sing both high and low.
Trip no further pretty sweeting.
Journeys end in lovers' meeting,
Ev'ry wise man's son doth know.
2. What is love ? tis not hereafter,
Present mirth hath present laughter,
What's to come is still unsure
In delay there lies no plenty.
Then come kiss me, sweet twenty,
Youth's a stuff will not endure.