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John Dryden (1631–1700).  The Poems of John Dryden.  1913.
 
Songs from the Plays
“How happy the Lover,” from King Arthur
 
1
HOW happy the Lover,
  How easie his Chain,
  How pleasing his Pain!
How sweet to discover
  He sighs not in vain.        5
For Love ev’ry Creature
Is form’d by his Nature;
No Joys are above
The Pleasures of Love.
 
2
In vain are our Graces,
        10
  In vain are your Eyes,
  If Love you despise;
When Age furrows Faces,
  ’Tis time to be wise.
Then use the short Blessing,        15
That flies in Possessing:
No Joys are above
The Pleasures of Love.
 
 
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