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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Song betwixt a Shepherd and a Shepherdess
By John Dryden (1631–1700)
 
Shepherdess
TELL 1 me, Thyrsis, tell your anguish,
Why you sigh, and why you languish;
  When the nymph whom you adore
    Grants the blessing
    Of possessing,        5
  What can love and I do more?
 
Shepherd
Think it’s love beyond all measure
Makes me faint away with pleasure;
  Strength of cordial may destroy,
    And the blessing        10
    Of possessing
  Kills me with excess of joy.
 
Shepherdess
Thyrsis, how can I believe you?
But confess, and I’ll forgive you:
  Men are false, and so are you.        15
    Never Nature
    Framed a creature
  To enjoy, and yet be true.
 
Shepherd
Mine’s a flame beyond expiring,
Still possessing, still desiring,        20
  Fit for Love’s imperial crown;
    Ever shining
    And refining
  Still the more ’tis melted down.
 
Chorus
Mine’s a flame beyond expiring,
        25
Still possessing, still desiring,
  Fit for Love’s imperial crown;
    Ever shining
    And refining
  Still the more ’tis melted down.        30
 
Note 1. From The Duke of Guise, 1683. [back]
 
 
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