How long will our love last?

TO A LADY ASKING HIM HOW LONG HE WOULD LOVER HER
It is not, Celia, in our power_MG_3641

To say how long our love will last;

It may be we within this hour

May lose those joys we now do taste:

The Blessed, that immortal be,

From change in love are only free.

 

Then since we mortal lovers are,

Ask not  how long our love will last;

But while it does, let us take care

Each minute be with pleasure passed:

Were it not madness to deny

To live because we’re sure to die?

George Etherege, 1635-1691

 

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