"Why so pale and wan, fond lover?"

Sir John Suckling
Public DomainSir John Suckling
 This is the opening line from a famous poem, 'Why So Pale and Wan?' by the English poet and dramatist Sir John Suckling (1609-1642). The poem originally appeared in the 1637 play Aglaura, set in Persia. Suckling is known for his witty writing, and also as the supposed inventor of the card game Cribbage (according to John Aubrey). For the first performance of Aglaura, Suckling provided the lavish sets and costumes at his own expense; the actors' collars were adorned with real gold and silver.