Love and Life: A Song

Original Text: 
John Wilmot, earl of Rochester, Poems on Several Occasions. 1680, facs. edn. (Menston: Scolar Press, 1971). PR 3669 R2 1680AB ROBA.
1All my past life is mine no more,
2      The flying hours are gone,
3Like transitory dreams giv'n o'er,
4Whose images are kept in store
5      By memory alone.
6The time that is to come is not;
7      How can it then be mine?
8The present moment's all my lot;
9And that, as fast as it is got,
10      Phyllis, is only thine.
11Then talk not of inconstancy,
12      False hearts, and broken vows;
13If I, by miracle, can be
14This live-long minute true to thee,
15      'Tis all that Heav'n allows.
Publication Start Year: 
1680
RPO poem Editors: 
G. G. Falle
RPO Edition: 
3RP 2.58.
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