Lord John Wilmot

Oxfordshire / England
Lord John Wilmot
Oxfordshire / England

To His Mistress

Rating: 3.7
Why dost thou shade thy lovely face? O why
Does that eclipsing hand of thine deny
The sunshine of the Sun's enlivening eye?
Without thy light what light remains in me?
Thou art my life; my way, my light's in thee;
I live, I move, and by thy beams I see.

Thou art my life-if thou but turn away
My life's a thousand deaths. Thou art my way-
Without.thee, Love, I travel not but stray.

My light thou art-without thy glorious sight
My eyes are darken'd with eternal night.
My Love, thou art my way, my life, my light.

Thou art my way; I wander if thou fly.
Thou art my light; if hid, how blind am I!
Thou art my life; if thou withdraw'st, I die.

My eyes are dark and blind, I cannot see:
To whom or whither should my darkness flee,
But to that light?-and who's that light but thee?

If I have lost my path, dear lover, say,
Shall I still wander in a doubtful way?
Love, shall a lamb of Israel's sheepfold stray?

My path is lost, my wandering steps do stray;
I cannot go, nor can I safely stay;
Whom should I seek but thee, my path, my way?

And yet thou turn'st thy face away and fly'st me!
And yet I sue for grace and thou deny'st me!
Speak, art thou angry, Love, or only try'st me?

Thou art the pilgrim's path, the blind man's eye,
The dead man's life. On thee my hopes rely:
If I but them remove, I surely die.

Dissolve thy sunbeams, close thy wings and stay!
See, see how I am blind, and dead, and stray!
-O thou art my life, my light, my way!

Then work thy will! If passion bid me flee,
My reason shall obey, my wings shall be
Stretch'd out no farther than from me to thee!
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COMMENTS
Lungelo S Mbuyazi 27 May 2018
Very emotional poem here... like it
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Savita Tyagi 03 January 2018
I live I move by thy beams I see.....beautiful poem. Love is eternal!
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Kevin Patrick 12 February 2016
A timeless work of pure unadulterated love, pity for the wife.
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Charity Nduhiu 26 August 2015
Wow! such an inspiring poem. I like it
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Pranab K Chakraborty 06 February 2015
See, see how I am blind, and dead, and stray! -O thou art my life, my light, my way! ...... So simple was the life once to cry for a 'Thou'..... today days and passions are hungry enough to cry for thoulessness!
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Marko Duvnjak 26 January 2015
Great! Proud that this man was born in the same county as I.
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some what classic poem and liked its beauty and contents.
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Liliana ~el 06 February 2014
Definite Classic. Like Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Bronte's tragic Wuthering Heights. Mystical, fable-like feel.
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Lauren Rosina 06 February 2014
A beautiful poem that can people can still relate to today, centuries later. This poem help's to prove that love is, and alway's will be, true and strong and will survive anything.
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