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John Dryden (1631–1700).  The Poems of John Dryden.  1913.
 
Songs from the Plays
Song of Jealousie, from Love Triumphant
 
1
WHAT State of Life can be so blest
As Love, that warms a Lover’s Breast?
Two Souls in one, the same desire
To grant the Bliss, and to require!
But if in Heav’n a Hell we find,        5
’Tis all from thee,
O Jealousie!
Thou Tyrant, Tyrant Jealousie,
Thou Tyrant of the Mind!
 
2
All other ills, tho sharp they prove,
        10
Serve to refine, and perfect Love:
In absence, or unkind disdain,
Sweet Hope relieves the Lover’s pain:
But ah, no Cure but Death we find
To set us free        15
From Jealousie:
O Jealousie!
Thou Tyrant, Tyrant Jealousie,
Thou Tyrant of the Mind.
 
3
False in thy Glass all Objects are,
        20
Some set too near, and some too far:
Thou art the Fire of endless Night
The Fire that burns, and gives no Light.
All Torments of the Damn’d we find
In only thee        25
O Jealousie!
Thou Tyrant, Tyrant Jealousie
Thou Tyrant of the Mind!
 
 
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