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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
You Pleasing Dreams of Love and Sweet Delight
By John Dryden (1631–1700)
 
YOU 1 pleasing dreams of love and sweet delight,
Appear before this slumbering virgin’s sight;
    Soft visions set her free
    From mournful piety.
  Let her sad thoughts from heaven retire,        5
  And let the melancholy love
  Of those remoter joys above
  Give place to your more sprightly fire.
Let purling streams be in her fancy seen,
And flowery meads, and vales of cheerful green,        10
  And in the midst of deathless groves
    Soft sighing wishes lie,
    And smiling hopes fast by,
And just beyond them ever-laughing loves.
 
Note 1. From Tyrannick Love. [back]
 
 
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