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John Dryden (1631–1700).  The Poems of John Dryden.  1913.
 
Songs from the Plays
“Can Life be a Blessing,” from Troilus and Cressida
 
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    CAN Life be a Blessing,
    Or worth the possessing,
Can Life be a blessing if Love were away?
  Ah no! though our Love all Night keep us waking,
And though he torment us with Cares all the Day,        5
  Yet he sweetens he sweetens our Pains in the taking,
There’s an Hour at the last, there’s an Hour to repay.
 
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    In ev’ry possessing,
    The ravishing Blessing,
In ev’ry possessing the Fruit of our Pain,        10
  Poor Lovers forget long Ages of Anguish,
What e’re they have suffer’d and done to obtain;
  ’Tis a Pleasure, a Pleasure to sigh and to languish,
When we hope, when we hope to be happy again.
 
 
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