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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
Song from “The Spanish Friar”
By John Dryden (1631–1700)
FAREWELL, ungrateful Traitor,
  Farewell, 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 easy 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 descried it,
There is no Bliss beside it,
But she who once has try’d it,        15
  Will never love again.
The Passion you pretended,
  Was only to obtain;
But now 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.

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