Marriage a-la-Mode

Original Text: 
John Dryden, Marriage à-la-Mode (1673).
2      Which long ago was made,
3Oblige us to each other now
4      When passion is decay'd?
5We lov'd, and we lov'd, as long as we could,
6      Till our love was lov'd out in us both:
7But our marriage is dead, when the pleasure is fled:
8      'Twas pleasure first made it an oath.
9If I have pleasures for a friend,
10      And farther love in store,
11What wrong has he whose joys did end,
12      And who could give no more?
13'Tis a madness that he should be jealous of me,
14      Or that I should bar him of another:
15For all we can gain is to give our selves pain,
16      When neither can hinder the other.


1] The poem was set to music by Robert Smith, and was first published with the original music in Choice Songs and Ayres for One Voyce, 1673. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
New Court Songs and Poems (1672)
RPO poem Editors: 
G. G. Falle
RPO Edition: 
3RP 2.58.