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Poem by George Etherege


To a Lady Asking Him How Long He Would Love Her


IT is not, Celia, in our power 
      To say how long our love will last; 
It may be we within this hour 
      May lose those joys we now do taste;
The Blessèd, that immortal be,         
From change in love are only free. 
 
Then since we mortal lovers are, 
      Ask not how long our love will last;
But while it does, let us take care 
      Each minute be with pleasure past:  
Were it not madness to deny
To live because weТre sure to die?



George Etherege


George Etherege's other poems:
  1. Song from Love in a Tub
  2. Song
  3. To a Very Young Lady
  4. A Drinking Song


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