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John Dryden (1631–1700).  The Poems of John Dryden.  1913.
Songs from the Plays
“You charm’d me not with that fair face,” from An Evening’s Love
YOU charm’d me not with that fair face
  Though it was all Divine:
To be anothers 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 anothers right.
First mad with hope we undertake
  To pull up ev’ry Bar;        10
But once possess’d we faintly make
  A dull defensive War.
Now ev’ry Friend is turn’d a foe
  In hope to get our store;
And passion makes us Cowards grow        15
  Which made us brave before.

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