Verse > John Dryden > Poems
John Dryden (1631–1700).  The Poems of John Dryden.  1913.
Songs from the Plays
“Farwell ungratefull Traytor,” from The Spanish Fryar
FARWELL ungratefull Traytor,
  Farwell my perjur’d Swain,
Let never injur’d Creature
  Believe a Man again.
The Pleasure of Possessing        5
Surpasses all Expressing,
But ’tis too short a Blessing,
  And Love too long a Pain.
’Tis easie to deceive us
  In Pity of your Pain,        10
But when we love you leave us
  To rail at you in vain.
Before we have descry’d it,
There is no Bliss beside it,
But she that once has try’d it        15
  Will never love again.
The Passion you pretended
  Was onely to obtain
But when the Charm is ended
  The Charmer you disdain.        20
Your Love by ours we measure
Till we have lost our Treasure,
But dying is a Pleasure,
  When Living is a Pain.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2015 · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors · World Lit.