Constancy

Original Text: 
John Wilmot, earl of Rochester, Poems on Several Occasions. 1680, facs. edn. (Menston: Scolar Press, 1971). PR 3669 R2 1680AB ROBA.
1      I cannot change, as others do,
2      Though you unjustly scorn;
3    Since that poor swain, that sighs for you
4      For you alone was born.
5    No, Phyllis, no, your heart to move
6      A surer way I'll try:
7    And to revenge my slighted love,
8Will still love on, will still love on, and die.
9      When, kill'd with grief, Amyntas lies;
10      And you to mind shall call
11    The sighs that now unpitied rise;
12      The tears that vainly fall:
13    That welcome hour that ends this smart,
14      Will then begin your pain;
15    For such a faithful, tender heart
16Can never break, can never break in vain.
Publication Start Year: 
1680
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
2RP 1.519.
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