|Earl of Rochester|
Ferdinand Bol. Venus and Adonis, c1658. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
A S O N G.
Absent from thee I languish still;
Then ask me not, When I return?
The straying Fool 'twill plainly kill,
To wish all Day, all Night to mourn.
Dear; from thine Arms then let me flie,
That my fantastick Mind may prove
The Torments it deserves to try,
That tears my fix'd Heart from my Love.
When weary'd with a World of Woe
To thy safe Bosom I retire,
Where Love, and Peace, and Truth does flow,
May I contented there expire.
Lest once more wand'ring from that Heav'n,
I fall on some base Heart unblest;
Faithless to thee, false, unforgiven,
And lose my everlasting Rest.
Rochester, John Wilmot, Earl of. The Works of John Earl of Rochester.
London: Jacob Tonson, 1714. 15-16.
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