The Way of the World (excerpt) by William Congreve

Mrs Marwood from Act ii Scene i

True, ’tis an unhappy circumstance of life,
That love should ever die before us;
And that the man so often should outlive the lover.
But say what you will,
’Tis better to be left than never to have been loved.
To pass our youth in dull indifference,
To refuse the sweets of life because they once must leave us,
Is as preposterous as to wish to have been born old,
Because we one day must be old.
For my part, my youth may wear and waste,
But it shall never rust in my possession.

William Congreve
1670 — 1729

About Russell Boyle

Russell Boyle is a mathematics teacher, writer, and poet. His poetry anthologies are titled The Beginning, Footprints and Loneliness. Russell is the author of the Year 7 to 8 Mathematics Short-Answer Tasks, the Year 7 to 10 Mathematics Multiple-Choice Tasks, the Year 9 to 10 Extended-Response Tasks, the solutions to the Year 12 VCAA Mathematics Exams and the Web-Programming For Beginners series of courses. Sample poems and questions may be downloaded from
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