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Poem by John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester


Love and Life


All my past life is mine no more,
The flying hours are gone,
Like transitory dreams giv'n o'er,
Whose images are kept in store
By memory alone.

The time that is to come is not;
How can it then be mine?
The present moment's all my lot;
And that, as fast as it is got,
Phyllis, is only thine.

Then talk not of inconstancy,
False hearts, and broken vows;
If I, by miracle, can be
This live-long minute true to thee,
'Tis all that Heav'n allows. 



                      John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester


John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester's other poems:
  1. The Imperfect Enjoyment
  2. Grecian Kindness
  3. On the Women about Town
  4. Epistle
  5. Upon his Leaving his Mistress


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Edith Nesbit Love and Life ("LOVE only sings when Love is young")
  • Emily Pfeiffer Love and Life ("HOW beautiful upon the mountains are")

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