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John Dryden (1631–1700).  The Poems of John Dryden.  1913.
 
Songs from the Plays
Song from the Italian, from The Kind Keeper
 
BY a dismal Cypress lying,
Damon cry’d, all pale and dying,
Kind is Death that ends my pain,
But cruel She I lov’d in vain.
The Mossy Fountains        5
Murmure my 1 trouble,
And hollow Mountains
My groans redouble:
Every Nymph mourns me,
Thus while I languish;        10
She only scorns me,
Who caus’d my anguish.
No Love returning me, all my hope denying;
By a dismal Cypress lying,
Like a Swan, so sung he dying:        15
Kind is Death that ends my pain,
But cruel She I lov’d in vain.
 
Note 1. Murmure my in editions. [back]
 
 
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