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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
To a Lady, Asking How Long He Would Love Her
By Sir George Etherege (1635?–1691)
 
IT is not, Celia, in our power
  To say how long our love will last;
It may be we within this hour
  May lose those joys we now do taste:
The blessèd, that immortal be,        5
From change in love are only free.
 
Then since we mortal lovers are,
  Ask not how long our love may last;
But while it does, let us take care
  Each minute be with pleasure pass’d:        10
Were it not madness to deny
To live because we’re sure to die?
 
 
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