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John Dryden (1631–1700).  The Poems of John Dryden.  1913.
 
Songs from the Plays
Song betwixt a Shepherd and a Shepherdess, from The Duke of Guise
 
Shepherdess.  Tell me Thirsis, tell your Anguish,
      Why you Sigh, and why you Languish;
        When the Nymph whom you Adore,
      Grants the Blessing of Possessing,
        What can Love and I do more?        5
 
Shepherd.  Think it’s Love beyond all Measure,
      Makes me faint away with Pleasure;
        Strength of Cordial may destroy,
      And the Blessing of possessing
        Kills me with Excess of Joy.        10
 
Shepherdess.  Thirsis, how can I believe you?
      But confess and I’le forgive you;
        Men are false, and so are you;
      Never Nature fram’d a Creature
      To enjoy, and yet be true.        15
 
Shepherd.  Mine’s a Flame beyond expiring,
      Still possessing, still desiring,
        Fit for Love’s imperial Crown;
      Ever shining, and refining,
        Still the more ’tis melted down.        20
 
Chorus together.  Mine’s a Flame beyond expiring,
      Still possessing, still desiring,
        Fit for Love’s imperial Crown;
      Ever shining, and refining,
        Still the more ’tis melted down.        25
 
 
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