Posts tagged ‘against love’

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Against Love by Katherine Fowler Philips

Hence Cupid! with your cheating toys,
Your real Griefs, and painted Joys,
Your Pleasure which itself destroys.
Lovers like men in fevers burn and rave,
And only what will injure them do crave.
Men’s weakness makes Love so severe,
They give him power by their fear,
And make the shackles which they wear.
Who to another does his heart submit,
Makes his own Idol, and then worships it.
Him whose heart is all his own,
Peace and liberty does crown,
He apprehends no killing frown.
He feels no raptures which are joys diseas’d,
And is not much transported, but still pleas’d.


Date: 1678 (published)

By: Katherine Fowler Philips (1632-1664)

Monday, 24 March 2014

Against Love by William Rowley

Love is a law, a discord of such force,
That ‘twixt our sense and reason makes divorce;
Love’s a desire, that to obtain betime,
We lose an age of years plucked from our prime;
Love is a thing to which we soon consent,
As soon refuse, but sooner far repent.

Then what must women be, that are the cause
That love hath life? that lovers feel such laws?
They’re like the winds upon Lepanthae’s shore,
That still are changing: O, then love no more!
A woman’s love is like that Syrian flower
That buds and spreads and withers in an hour.

From: Bullen, A.H. (ed), Lyrics from the Dramatists of the Elizabethan Age, 1889, John C. Nimmo: London, p. 151.

Date: 1661 (published)

By: William Rowley (c1585-1626)