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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
Love and Life
By John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (1647–1680)
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.        5
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.        10
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.        15

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