Lord John Wilmot

(1647 - 1680 / Oxfordshire / England)

Love And Life - Poem by Lord John Wilmot

All my past life is mine no more,
The flying hours are gone,
Like transitory dreams giv'n 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,
Phyllis, 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 Heav'n allows.


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  • Khairul Ahsan (8/9/2018 10:23:00 PM)

    'This live-long minute true to thee' - Liked this line most of all! (Report)Reply

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  • Glen Kappy (8/9/2018 4:11:00 PM)

    hmmm... another poet using the excuse of time to get a woman in bed? -gk (Report)Reply

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  • Susan Williams (8/9/2018 3:48:00 PM)

    All my past life is mine no more, / The flying hours are gone, - - -I love it when a poem speaks to me like this poet does. Proves that some truths last for centuries. (Report)Reply

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  • Chandan Dey (8/9/2018 3:07:00 PM)

    Life and Time are both active and dynamic entities. Are they separated? In the end the poet tells us if you know the science behind the illusory time philosophically, you may realize that there is no separation between you and your time. The poem describes the relationship between love, life and time wonderfully.
    Chandan
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  • Anil Kumar Panda (8/9/2018 10:17:00 AM)

    '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 Heav'n allows. '..is the gist of the poem. Time can't be trapped and used as and when one liked. Very nice poem about illusive nature of time and how present makes the sense.
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  • Savita Tyagi (8/9/2018 8:08:00 AM)

    Lovely poem. This moment is all we have to own and to offer. (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (8/9/2018 6:54:00 AM)

    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 Heav'n allows. a very fine poem.. tony
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  • Adrian Flett (8/9/2018 4:57:00 AM)

    Life in a fleeting moment is crystallised, 'This live-long minute true to thee' (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/9/2018 3:49:00 AM)

    This is a beautiful poem on love and life having touching expression and nice collocation. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/9/2018 3:10:00 AM)

    Time's speed! !

    Flying hours!

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (8/9/2018 2:20:00 AM)

    Nice piece of artwork, ... I like the style of writing here... (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (8/9/2018 1:39:00 AM)

    wonderfully starting this poem-

    All my past life is mine no more,
    ......
    Like transitory dreams giv'n o'er,
    Whose images are kept in store
    By memory alone.


    //// Excellent pensive writing on LOVE AND LIFE
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  • Ruta Mohapatra (8/9/2018 1:35:00 AM)

    'If I, by miracle, can be
    This live-long minute true to thee,
    'Tis all that Heav'n allows.'........Great lines!
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  • Victor Oyedele (8/9/2018 1:11:00 AM)

    False hearts, and broken vows
    I felt that👏👏
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  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (5/27/2018 11:39:00 PM)

    Short, but has a lot to offer....nice poem (Report)Reply

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  • (5/27/2018 9:38:00 AM)

    An interesting poem about human life. Likes. (Report)Reply

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  • (12/13/2017 11:15:00 PM)

    That's Awesome and Superb! (Report)Reply

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  • Rebecca Navarre (8/10/2017 12:16:00 AM)

    Beautifully Done! ! ! ! ! Beautifully Phrased! ! ! ! !
    Cherish The Moments Gave! ! ! ! !
    Ever So Much Praise! ! ! ! !
    Thank You For Sharing! ! ! ! !
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  • Lantz Pierre (8/9/2017 11:49:00 PM)

    This poem is hilarious. A defense for being a randy, promiscuous lothario. The argument here is something like, please don't worry about by past infidelities, indiscretions and peccadilloes because they're all in the past. And you can't rightly accuse me of anything I haven't done yet, so don't bother me with theoreticals that have no concrete basis in actual events. No retributions. No preemptive strikes. Only this immediate carnal delight. Now let's get on with it.

    I think it's pretty funny to dismiss causality and issues of identity persisting through time as meaningless since we depend on them, explicitly and implicitly, to get us safely through each and every day. Does anybody really think that they're discontinuous with the person that they were yesterday? And that we use that continuing sense of identity to predicate how we'll act tomorrow? Unless we need to throw all that out the window for a little quicky satisfaction now. Hot stuff.
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  • Alexander Julian (8/9/2017 7:11:00 PM)

    It can seem like the present moment's all my lot because it's the only one I can control. Past and future are just secondary references for the present moment. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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