Why should a foolish marriage vow

Why should a foolish marriage vow,
   Which long ago was made,
Oblige us to each other now
   When passion is decay’d?
We loved, and we loved, as long as we could,
   Till our love was loved 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.

by John Dryden



Filed under Introspection

4 responses to “Why should a foolish marriage vow

  1. HWL:

    you have the most beautiful writing. I really like it.

    Riding the Wet Coast
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  2. Did you get the house and all the furnishings plus a big lump sum? My Ex (s) did.

  3. …but El D, you got the “Rocket”?

  4. Hi bob, I'm afraid I can't take credit for this post. John Dryden is a Famous Dead Literary Person but I felt he hit the nail on the head.

    El D…no, I got half the house and no furniture. I ought to have asked the former Mrs El Diente for advice!!

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