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John Dryden (1631–1700).  The Poems of John Dryden.  1913.
 
Songs from the Plays
“After the pangs of a desperate Lover,” from An Evening’s Love
 
AFTER the pangs of a desperate Lover.
  When day and night I have sigh’d all in vain,
Ah what a Pleasure it is to discover
  In her eyes pity, who causes my pain!
 
When with unkindness our Love at a stand is,        5
  And both have punish’d our selves with the pain,
Ah what a pleasure the touch of her hand is,
  Ah what a pleasure to press it again!
 
When the denial comes fainter and fainter,
  And her Eyes give what her tongue does deny,        10
Ah what a trembling I feel when I venture,
  Ah what a Trembling does usher my joy!
 
When, with a Sigh, she accords me the blessing,
  And her Eyes twinkle ’twixt pleasure and pain;
Ah what a joy ’tis, beyond all Expressing,        15
  Ah what a joy to hear, shall we again!
 
 
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