Cou'd we stop the time that's flying


The unequal Fetters

Primary Text:

MS Folger, 257 (placed after "The Equipage", making a fourth in a series of elegiac songs in this section of the Folger)*.

The last stanza from the Folger text:

Mariage does but slightly tye Men
Whilst close Pris'ners we remain
They the larger Salves of Hymen
Still are begging Love again
At the full length of all their chain

Secondary Eds:

1903 Reynolds prints Folger text, 150-1 (as satiric verse, preceding fables); rpts of 1903 Reynolds: 1930 Fausset, 72-3; 1979 Rogers AF, 105.


rpts of 1713/1903: 1973 Goulianos, 80-1; 1979 Rogers Six Women, 18; 1985 Ferguson, 252; 1991 Uphaus/Foster, 176.


This poem repeats the rhyme words ("flying/dying") of and answers Robert Herrick's well-known "To the Virgins, to make much of Time."
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