Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SONG (7), by JOHN WILMOT

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SONG (7), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Injurious charmer of my vanquished heart
Last Line: Together both expire.
Alternate Author Name(s): Rochester, 2d Earl Of
Subject(s): Fidelity; Faithfulness; Constancy


Injurious charmer of my vanquished heart,
Canst thou feel love, and yet no pity know?
Since of myself from thee I cannot part,
Invent some gentle way to let me go.
For what with joy thou didst obtain,
And I with more did give,
In time will make thee false and vain,
And me unfit to live.


Frail angel, that wouldst leave a heart forlorn
With vain pretense falsehood therein might lie,
Seek not to cast wild shadows o'er your scorn:
You cannot sooner change than I can die.
To tedious life I'll never fall,
Thrown from thy dear, loved breast;
He merits not to live at all
Who cares to live unblest.


Then let our flaming hearts be joined
While in that sacred fire;
Ere thou prove false, or I unkind,
Together both expire.

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