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by John Wilmot

 

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Passions in Poetry Home > All Poems > Classic Poetry > John Wilmot > My Dear Mistress Has a Heart My Dear Mistress Has a Heart
John Wilmot
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Life and Love
by John Wilmot

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 brken vows;
If I by miracle can be
This live-long minute true to thee,
'Tis all that Heav'n allows.

 

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