Absent from Thee I Languish Still – John Wilmot

Absent from thee I languish still,
Then ask me not, When I return?
The straying fool ’twill plainly kill
To wish all day, all night to mourn.

Dear, from thine arms then let me fly,
That my fantastic mind may prove
The torments it deserves to try,
That tears my fix’d heart from my love.

When, wearied with a world of woe,
To thy safe bosom I retire,
Where love, and peace, and truth does flow,
May I, contented, there expire.

Lest once more wandering from that heaven,
I fall on some base heart unblest,
Faithless to thee, false, unforgiven,
And lose my everlasting rest

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Absent from Thee I Languish Still – written by John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. Narrated by Jordan Harling. Full poem text, public domain (also available in subtitles).

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The Scrutiny – Richard Lovelace

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Why should you swear I am forsworn,
Since thine I vowed to be?
Lady, it is already morn,
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The Flea – John Donne

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Mark but this flea, and mark in this,
How little that which thou deniest me is;
It sucked me first, and now sucks thee,
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Sonnet 116 – William Shakespeare

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Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
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To His Coy Mistress – Andrew Marvell

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Had we but world enough and time,
This coyness, lady, were no crime.
We would sit down, and think which way
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All the world’s a stage – William Shakespeare

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All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,

Continue reading All the world’s a stage – William Shakespeare