Abraham Cowley

(1618 – 28 July 1667 / London)

The Given Heart - Poem by Abraham Cowley

I wonder what those lovers mean, who say
They have giv'n their hearts away.
Some good kind lover tell me how;
For mine is but a torment to me now.

If so it be one place both hearts contain,
For what do they complain?
What courtesy can Love do more,
Than to join hearts that parted were before?

Woe to her stubborn heart, if once mine come
Into the self-same room;
'Twill tear and blow up all within,
Like a granado shot into a magazine.

Then shall Love keep the ashes, and torn parts,
Of both our broken hearts:
Shall out of both one new one make,
From hers, th' allay; from mine, the metal take.

For of her heart he from the flames will find
But little left behind:
Mine only will remain entire;
No dross was there, to perish in the fire.


Comments about The Given Heart by Abraham Cowley

  • Naila Rais (3/22/2018 3:11:00 AM)


    I can understand its fact.... Well penned poetry... So deep in soul......
    Naila 💖💖
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  • Susan Williams (3/20/2018 4:22:00 PM)


    well penned- -well penned- -but what do comments like that add to our knowledge? Sigh. For such a painful topic I found this poem to be strangely beautiful- -is that what the words well-penned mean? (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/20/2018 2:23:00 PM)


    Mine only! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Ndaiga Ngatia (3/20/2018 1:37:00 PM)


    Oh what peril a man`s heart suffers for love (Report) Reply

  • Muzahidul Reza (3/20/2018 8:05:00 AM)


    For of her heart he from the flames will find
    But little left behind:
    Mine only will remain entire; .... well penned
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  • Ayesha Cullen (3/20/2018 5:52:00 AM)


    i can relate to this. Very beautifully penned down. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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