Sunday, January 31, 2010

Love Arm'd- Aphra Behn

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Love in Fantastique Triumph sat,
Whilst bleeding Hearts around him flow'd,
For whom Fresh pains he did create,
And strange Tryanic power he show'd;
From thy Bright Eyes he took his fire,
Which round about, in sport he hurl'd;
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 Crueltie;
From me his Languishments and Feares,
And every Killing Dart from thee;
Thus thou and I, the God have arm'd,
And sett him up a Deity;
But my poor Heart alone is harm'd,
Whilst thine the Victor is, and free.

Aphra Behn


  1. Hi. Thanks for posting this. I have only read Behn's Oroonoko before now so it is great to read some of her poetry.

    Bearfriend xx

  2. dear 'friend of the bear' thnx for appreciation..