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John Dryden (1631–1700).  The Poems of John Dryden.  1913.
 
Songs from the Plays
Song of Venus, from King Arthur
 
1
FAIREST Isle, all Isles Excelling,
  Seat of Pleasure, and of Loves;
Venus here will chuse her Dwelling,
  And forsake her Cyprian Groves.
 
2
Cupid, from his Fav’rite Nation,
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  Care and Envy will Remove;
Jealousy that poysons Passion,
  And Despair that dies for Love.
 
3
Gentle Murmurs, sweet Complaining,
  Sighs that blow the Fire of Love;        10
Soft Repulses, kind Disdaining,
  Shall be all the Pains you prove.
 
4
Ev’ry Swain shall pay his Duty,
  Grateful ev’ry Nymph shall prove;
And as these Excel in Beauty,        15
  Those shall be Renown’d for Love.
 
 
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