Bulchevy’s Book of English Verse

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414. Love and Life

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.

The time that 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,
Phillis, is only thine.

Then talk not of inconstancy,
False hearts, and broken vows;
If I by miracle can be
This live-long minute true to thee,
’Tis all that Heaven allows.

John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. 1647-1680

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Chicago: Unknown, "414. Love and Life," Bulchevy’s Book of English Verse, ed. Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Bulchevy’s Book of English Verse (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed August 17, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4V5AHNK5CQNFZ4Q.

MLA: Unknown. "414. Love and Life." Bulchevy’s Book of English Verse, edited by Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Bulchevy’s Book of English Verse, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 17 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4V5AHNK5CQNFZ4Q.

Harvard: Unknown, '414. Love and Life' in Bulchevy’s Book of English Verse, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Bulchevy’s Book of English Verse, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 17 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4V5AHNK5CQNFZ4Q.