Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LOVE AND LIFE. A SONG, by JOHN WILMOT

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LOVE AND LIFE. A SONG, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: All my past life is mine no more
Last Line: Tis all that heaven allows.
Alternate Author Name(s): Rochester, 2d Earl Of
Variant Title(s): The Present Moment
Subject(s): Fidelity; Time; Faithfulness; Constancy

ALL my past life is mine no more;
The flying hours are gone,
Like transitory dreams given 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,
Phillis, 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 Heaven allows.

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