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Earl of Rochester

Follower of Rubens. Venus and Mars. 17th-century.

A  S O N G.

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,
     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;
She can dress her Eyes in Love,
     And her Lips can warm with Kisses.
Angels listen when she speaks,
     She's my Delight, all Mankind's Wonder;
But my jealous Heart would break,
     Should we live one Day asunder.

Rochester, John Wilmot, Earl of. The Works of John Earl of Rochester.
London: Jacob Tonson, 1714. 35.


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