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Poem of the Day > 102 A Song of a Young Lady to Her Ancient Lover - Earl of Rochester

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Lee A Song of a Young Lady to Her Ancient Lover

BY JOHN WILMOT, EARL OF ROCHESTER
Ancient person, for whom I
All the flattering youth defy,
Long be it ere thou grow old,
Aching, shaking, crazy, cold;
But still continue as thou art,
Ancient person of my heart.

On thy withered lips and dry,
Which like barren furrows lie,
Brooding kisses I will pour
Shall thy youthful [heat] restore
(Such kind showers in autumn fall,
And a second spring recall);
Nor from thee will ever part,
Ancient person of my heart.

Thy nobler part, which but to name
In our sex would be counted shame,
By age’s frozen grasp possessed,
From [his] ice shall be released,
And soothed by my reviving hand,
In former warmth and vigor stand.
All a lover’s wish can reach
For thy joy my love shall teach,
And for they pleasure shall improve
All that art can add to love.
Yet still I love thee without art,
Ancient person of my heart.


message 2: by Lee (new)

Lee A lovely if slightly rude poem :0)


message 3: by Hilary (new)

Hilary | 2082 comments A very naughty poem! As it's written by a man it sounds a bit of wishful thinking to me !!


message 4: by Lee (new)

Lee Definitely - though apparently Lord Rochester (a very naughty man) only made it to 33. Here's some info about his short but scandalous life http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wil...


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