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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
A Song: ‘My dear mistress has a heart’
By John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (1647–1680)
 
MY dear mistress has a heart
  Soft as those kind looks she gave me;
When with love’s resistless art,
  And her eyes, she did enslave me.
But her constancy’s so weak        5
  She’s so wild and apt to wander;
That my jealous heart would break,
  Should we live one day asunder.
 
Melting joys about her move,
  Killing pleasures, wounding blisses;        10
She can dress her eyes in love,
  And her lips can arm with kisses.
Angels listen when she speaks,
  She’s my delight, all mankind’s wonder;
But my jealous heart would break,        15
  Should we live one day asunder.
 
 
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