Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | July 31, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: Love Armed

by Aphra Behn (1640 – 1689).

Love Armed
Song from Abdelazar

Love in Fantastic Triumph sat,
Whilst Bleeding Hearts around him flowed,
For whom Fresh pains he did Create,
And strange Tyrannic power he showed;
From thy Bright Eyes he took his fire,                       5
Which round about, in sport he hurled;
But ’twas from mine he took desire
Enough to undo the Amorous World.
From me he took his sighs and tears,
From thee his Pride and Cruelty;                             10
From me his Languishments and Fears,
And every Killing Dart from thee;
Thus thou and I, the God have armed,
And set him up a Deity;
But my poor Heart alone is harmed,                        15
Whilst thine the Victor is, and free.

Notes:
http://www.lit-arts.net/Behn/
http://www.luminarium.org/eightlit/behn/

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