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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
Song (from Valentinian): ‘Injurious charmer of my vanquished heart’
By John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (1647–1680)
INJURIOUS charmer of my vanquished heart,
  Canst thou feel love, and yet no pity know?
Since of myself from thee I cannot part,
  Invent some gentle way to let me go;
      For what with joy thou didst obtain,        5
        And I with more did give,
      In time will make thee false and vain,
        And me unfit to live.
Frail angel, that would’st leave a heart forlorn,
  With vain pretence Falsehood therein might lie,        10
Seek not to cast wild shadows o’er your scorn,
  You cannot sooner change than I can die;
      To tedious life I ’ll never fall,
        Thrown from thy dear-lov’d breast;
      He merits not to live at all,        15
        Who cares to live unblest.

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