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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Song: ‘You charmed me not with that fair face’
By John Dryden (1631–1700)
 
YOU 1 charmed me not with that fair face,
  Though it was all divine:
To be another’s is the grace
  That makes me wish you mine.
The gods and fortune take their part        5
  Who, like young monarchs, fight,
And boldly dare invade that heart
  Which is another’s right.
First, mad with hope, we undertake
  To pull up every bar;        10
But, once possessed, we faintly make
  A dull defensive war.
Now, every friend is turned a foe,
  In hope to get our store:
And passion makes us cowards grow,        15
  Which made us brave before.
 
Note 1. From An Evening’s Love, 1671. [back]
 
 
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