All My Past Life...

Lord John Wilmot 1647 (Ditchley, Oxfordshire) – 1680 (Woodstock, Oxfordshire)



All my past life is mine no more,
The flying hours are gone,
Like transitory dreams given o'er,
Whose images are kept in store
By memory alone.

What ever is to come is not,
How can it then be mine?
The present moment's all my lot,
And that as fast as it is got,
Phyllis, is wholly thine.

Then talk not of inconstancy,
False hearts, and broken vows,
Ii, by miracle, can be,
This live-long minute true to thee,
'Tis all that heaven allows.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AXXAX BCBBC DEDDE
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 431
Words 86
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 5, 5, 5

Lord John Wilmot

John Wilmot was an English poet and courtier of King Charles II's Restoration court. more…

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