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John Dryden (1631–1700).  The Poems of John Dryden.  1913.
Songs from the Plays
Song of Aerial Spirits, from The Indian Queen
POOR Mortals that are clog’d with Earth below
    Sink under Love and Care,
    While we that dwell in Air
  Such heavy Passions never know.
    Why then shou’d Mortals be        5
    Unwilling to be free
    From Blood, that sullen Cloud
    Which shining Souls does shroud?
    Then they’l shew bright,
    And like us light,        10
  When leaving Bodies with their Care
    They slide to us and Air.

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