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John Dryden (1631–1700).  The Poems of John Dryden.  1913.
Songs from the Plays
“Celia, that I once was blest,” from Amphitryon
Celia, that I once was blest
Is now the Torment of my Brest;
Since to curse me, you bereave me
Of the Pleasures I possest:
Cruel Creature, to deceive me!        5
First to love, and then to leave me.
Had you the Bliss refus’d to grant,
Then I had never known the want:
But possessing once the Blessing,
Is the Cause of my Complaint:        10
Once possessing is but tasting;
’Tis no Bliss that is not lasting.
Celia now is mine no more;
But I am hers and must adore:
Nor to leave her will endeavour;        15
Charms, that captiv’d me before,
No Unkindness can dissever;
Love that’s true, is Love for ever.

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