My Dear Mistress Has a Heart

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



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 arm 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.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 522
Words 98
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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