Give Me Leave to Rail at You

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



Give me leave to rail at you, -
I ask nothing but my due:
To call you false, and then to say
You shall not keep my heart a day.
But alas! against my will
I must be your captive still.
Ah! be kinder, then, for I
Cannot change, and would not die.

Kindness has resistless charms;
All besides but weakly move;
Fiercest anger it disarms,
And clips the wings of flying love.
Beauty does the heart invade,
Kindness only can persuade;
It gilds the lover's servile chain,
And makes the slave grow pleased again.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme AABBCCDD XXBXEEXX
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 495
Words 97
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 8, 8

Lord John Wilmot

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