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John Dryden (1631–1700).  The Poems of John Dryden.  1913.
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“How unhappy a Lover am I,” from The Conquest of Granada, Part II
He.  How unhappy a Lover am I
        While I sigh for my Phillis in vain;
      All my Hopes of Delight
      Are another man’s Right,
        Who is happy while I am in pain!        5
She.  Since her Honour allows no Relief,
        But to pity the pains which you bear,
      ’Tis the best of your Fate,
      (In a hopeless Estate,)
        To give o’re and betimes to despair.        10
He.  I have try’d the false Med’cine in vain;
        For I wish what I hope not to win:
      From without, my desire
      Has no Food to its Fire,
        But is burns and consumes me within.        15
She.  Yet at least ’tis a pleasure to know
        That you are not unhappy alone:
      For the Nymph you adore
      Is as wretched and more,
        And accounts 1 all your suff’rings her own.        20
He.  O ye Gods, let me suffer for both;
        At the Feet of my Phillis I’le lye:
      I’ll resign up my Breath,
      And take Pleasure in Death,
        To be pity’d by her when I dye.        25
She.  What her Honour deny’d you in Life
        In her Death she will give to your Love:
      Such a Flame as is true
      After Fate will renew,
        For the Souls to meet closer above.        30
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