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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Song: ‘How happy the lover’
By John Dryden (1631–1700)
 
Sung to a Minuet

HOW 1 happy the lover,
How easy his chain,
How pleasing his pain;
How sweet to discover
  He sighs not in vain.        5
For love, every creature
Is formed by his nature;
  No joys are above
  The pleasures of Love.
 
In vain are our graces,        10
  In vain are your eyes,
  If love you despise.
When age furrows faces,
  ’Tis time to be wise.
Then, use the short blessing        15
That flies in possessing;
  No Joys are above
  The pleasures of Love.
 
Note 1. From King Arthur, 1691. [back]
 
 
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