Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LOVE ARMED, by APHRA BEHN

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First Line: Love in frantic [fantastic] triumph sate [sat]
Last Line: Whilst thine the vietor is, and free.
Alternate Author Name(s): Astraea; Behn, Afara; Behn, Apharra; Amis, Ayfara
Variant Title(s): Love Enthroned;song
Subject(s): Love

LOVE in fantastic triumph sate,
Whilst bleeding hearts around him flowed;
For whom fresh pains he did create,
And strange tyrannic power he showed
From thy bright eyes he took his fires,
Which round about in sport he hurled;
But 'twas from mine he took desires
Enough to undo the amorous world.

From me he took his sighs and tears,
From thee his pride and cruelty;
From me his languishments and fears,
And every killing dart from thee.
Thus thou and I the God have armed,
And set him up a deity,
But my poor heart alone is harmed,
Whilst thine the vietor is, and free.

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