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Verse ascribed to Edward de Vere and Queen Elizabeth

When I was fair and young then favour graced me; Of many was I sought their mistress for to be. But I did scorn them all, and answered them therefore, Go, go, go, seek some otherwhere, Importune me no more. How many weeping eyes I made to pine in woe; How many sighing hearts I have no skill to show; Yet I the prouder grew, and answered them therefore, Go, go, go, seek some otherwhere, Importune me no more. Then spake fair Venus’ son, that proud victorious boy, And said, you dainty dame, since that you be so coy, I will so pluck your plumes that you shall say no more Go, go, go, seek some otherwhere, Importune me no more. When he had spake these words such change grew in my breast, That neither night nor day I could take any rest. Then, lo ! I did repent, that I had said before Go, go, go, seek some otherwhere, Importune me no more.

 

This poem was considered by both Dr. Alexander Grosart and J. Thomas Looney to be Oxford’s based on an attribution on one extant manuscript copy. Another extant manuscript copy attributed it to Queen Elizabeth.

Professor Steven May lists the poem as “wrongly attributed” to Oxford and only “possibly” by the Queen.

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