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John Dryden (1631–1700).  The Poems of John Dryden.  1913.
Songs from the Plays
“You pleasing Dreams of Love and sweet delight,” from Tyrannick Love
YOU pleasing Dreams of Love and sweet delight,
Appear before this slumbring Virgins sight:
Soft visions set her free
From mournful piety.
Let her sad thoughts from Heav’n retire;        5
And let the Melancholy Love
Of those remoter joys above
Give place to your more sprightly fire.
Let purling streams be in her fancy seen;
And flowry Meads, and Vales of chearful green:        10
And in the midst of deathless Groves
Soft smiling wishes ly,
And smiling hopes fast by,
And just beyond ’em ever Laughing Loves.

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