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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
Song: ‘My dear Mistress’
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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