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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
Constancy
By John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (1647–1680)
 
I CANNOT change, as others do,
  Though you unjustly scorn,
Since that poor swain that sighs for you,
  For you alone was born;
No, Phillis, no, your heart to move        5
  A surer way I ’ll try,—
And to revenge my slighted love,
  Will still love on, and die.
 
When, killed with grief, Amintas lies,
  And you to mind shall call        10
The sighs that now unpitied rise,
  The tears that vainly fall,
That welcome hour that ends his smart,
  Will then begin your pain,
For such a faithful tender heart        15
  Can never break in vain.
 
 
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