songs, such as "Why So Pale and Wan, Fond Lover?" a ballad, along with a few lyric poems remain from the work of Sir John Suckling. "Why So Pale and Wan" was sung by the character Orsames in Suckling's first stage production, a tragedy titled Aglaura. Its form is simple, composed of three five-line stanzas with several repeated lines in varying meters. Stanzas 1 and 2 each begin with a question. The first opens with the title question, and readers learn that the "Lover" remains pale and wan as a result of the lack of attention from the one he loves. The adviser reminds him that "when looking well can't move her," why would "Looking ill prevail?" The second stanza opens with "Why so dull and mute, young sinner? / Prithee why so mute?" Following the pattern established in the first stanza, the adviser asks whether "when speaking well can't move her" there is any point to remaining mute. The final stanza breaks pattern to begin with a statement that urges the Lover, "Quit, quit, for shame, this will not move: / This cannot take her." The closing advice is simply to abandon the attempt to win the object of affection, and the speaker adds for effect, "The devil take her!" A strong example of the lighter-weight writing by a member of the Cavalier poets, the song nevertheless projects a unity and humor readers may still find attractive. It proved quite popular in its day, perhaps in its contrast to much Cavalier verse in which the lover speaker spends multiple lines exalting his lover's chin or other body part, only to close in despondency.
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