Madam, Will You Walk?

Lots of poems with anonymous authors in this edition of Poems for Love. But doesn’t that make them even better? This one might seem a bit archaic but I don’t care. Probably because I’ve been watching too many romantic period dramas…

‘I should like to buy thee a fine lace cap
With five yards of ribbon to hang down your back
If thou wilt walk with me.’

‘I will not accept of the fine lace cap
With the five yards of ribbon to hang down my back
Nor I will not walk with thee.’

‘I will buy thee a fine silken gown
With nine yards of ribbon to trail upon the ground
If thou wilt walk with me.’

‘I will not accept of the fine silken gown
With nine yards of ribbon to trail upon the ground
Nor I won’t walk with thee.’

‘I’ll buy thee a fine golden chair
To sit in the garden and to take the pleasant air
If thou wilt walk with me.’

‘I will not accept of thy fine golden chair
To sit in the garden and to take the pleasant air
Nor I will not walk with thee.’

‘I will give thee the keys of my chest
To take gold and silver when thou art distressed
If thou wilt walk with me.’

‘I will not accept of the keys of your chest
To take the gold and silver when I am distressed
Nor I will not walk with thee.’

‘I’ll give thee the key, O the key of my heart
And thy heart and my heart shall never depart
If thou wilt walk with me.’

‘I will accept of the key of your heart
And thy heart and my heart shall never depart
And I will walk with thee.’

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