Constancy

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



I cannot change, as others do,
Though you unjustly scorn;
Since that poor swain, that sighs for you
For you alone was born.
No, Phyllis, no, your heart to move
A surer way I'll try:
And to revenge my slighted love,
Will still love on, will still love on, and die.

When, kill'd with grief, Amyntas lies;
And you to mind shall call
The sighs that now unpitied rise;
The tears that vainly fall:
That welcome hour that ends this smart,
Will then begin your pain;
For such a faithful, tender heart
Can never break, can never break in vain.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABABXCXC DEDEFGFG
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 527
Words 102
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 8, 8

Lord John Wilmot

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

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