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John Dryden (1631–1700).  The Poems of John Dryden.  1913.
Songs from the Plays
“Long betwixt Love and fear Phillis tormented,” from The Assignation
LONG betwixt Love and fear Phillis tormented
Shun’d her own wish yet at last she consented:
But loath that day shou’d her Blushes discover,
    Come, gentle Night She said,
    Come quickly to my aid,        5
    And a poor Shamefac’d Maid
    Hide from her Lover.
Now cold as Ice I am, now hot as Fire,
I dare not tell my self my own desire;
But let Day fly away, and let Night haste her:        10
    Grant ye kind Powers above,
    Slow Hours to parting Love,
    But when to Bliss we move,
    Bid ’em fly faster.
How sweet it is to Love when I discover        15
That Fire which burns my Heart warming my Lover;
’Tis Pity Love so true shou’d be mistaken:
    But if this Night he be
    False or unkinde to me,
    Let me dye ere I see        20
    That I’m forsaken.

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