Why should a foolish marriage vow

John Dryden

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.

Poems by This Author

Aureng-Zebe, Prologue by John Dryden
Our author, by experience, finds it true
A Song for St. Cecilia's Day by John Dryden
From harmony, from heavenly harmony
Alexander's Feast; or, the Power of Music by John Dryden
'Twas at the royal feast for Persia won
Astraea Redux by John Dryden
Now with a general peace the world was blest
Heroic Stanzas on the Death of Oliver Cromwell by John Dryden
And now 'tis time; for their officious haste

Further Reading

Poems about Divorce
Coming and Going
by Tony Hoagland
by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Failing and Flying
by Jack Gilbert
Family Reunion
by Jeredith Merrin
Good Night
by Wilhelm Müller
Hey Allen Ginsberg Where Have You Gone and What Would You Think of My Drugs?
by Rachel Zucker
In Praise of Their Divorce
by Tony Hoagland
by Carl Sandburg
by Melissa Stein
The World as Seen Through a Glass of Ice Water
by Dobby Gibson