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(9 August 1631 – 1 May 1700 / Northamptonshire, England)

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Marriage A-La-Mode

Why should a foolish marriage vow,
Which long ago was made,
Oblige us to each other now
When passion is decay'd?
We lov'd, and we lov'd, as long as we could,
Till our love was lov'd out in us both:
But our marriage is dead, when the pleasure is fled:
'Twas pleasure first made it an oath.

If I have pleasures for a friend,
And farther love in store,
What wrong has he whose joys did end,
And who could give no more?
'Tis a madness that he should be jealous of me,
Or that I should bar him of another:
For all we can gain is to give our selves pain,
When neither can hinder the other.

Submitted: Thursday, May 17, 2001
Edited: Thursday, May 17, 2001


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  • Richard ikolo (8/6/2013 10:30:00 PM)

    True love knows no divorce.Read and comment on poems by Richard Ikolo.

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  • Babatunde Aremu (8/6/2013 10:05:00 AM)

    Love is to be endured. There is no perfect straight road without a bend. All we need is understanding. Nice poem, I like it.

  • Emeyazia Iwe Chukwudi (8/6/2013 5:17:00 AM)

    When love turns sour then its best to depart than hurt each other. Nice poem.

  • Leslie Alexis (heaven Is My Home) (8/6/2013 1:23:00 AM)

    Love is like day and night. Every relationship has day (passion and all it's goodness) and night (want to strangle your lover) ... It's the cycle of love.

  • Barb Mcavaney (8/6/2012 3:56:00 PM)

    Oh how true this poem is. I have lived it and now happy as can be. A marriage that has died is so toxic to live by.

  • Dj Consuelo (8/6/2012 2:44:00 PM)

    A la mode a marriage is a toad. One day it's beautiful the next it gives you warts. Don't be a poet about it, it's all for show. Such that Edgar Allan Poe doesn't even know!

  • Carlos Echeverria (8/6/2012 10:51:00 AM)

    17 century free love...the Age of Aquarius began with Dryden? Who'd a thunk it?

  • Dr Hitesh Sheth (8/6/2012 1:02:00 AM)

    Love dies before the lover in our breast-
    Savitri
    Sri Aurobindo...............
    So True..........................

  • Oliver Leong (8/6/2010 11:31:00 AM)

    What should I do if I can't find empathy from novels or poem?

  • Joseph Poewhit (8/6/2010 4:50:00 AM)

    [ More like each take your corner and come out fighting ]. Though marriage is for stability of family and the kids. It is the backbone of society. The Bible takes of a life long perspective and frowns on remarriage

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