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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
The Song of Venus
By John Dryden (1631–1700)
 
FAIREST 1 isle, all isles excelling,
  Seat of pleasures and of love;
Venus here will choose her dwelling,
  And forsake her Cyprian groves.
 
Cupid from his favourite nation        5
  Care and envy will remove;
Jealousy, that poisons passion,
  And despair, that dies for love.
 
Gentle murmurs, sweet complaining,
  Sighs that blow the fire of love;        10
Soft repulses, kind disdaining,
  Shall be all the pains you prove.
 
Every swain shall pay his duty,
  Grateful every nymph shall prove;
And as these excel in beauty,        15
  Those shall be renowned for love.
 
Note 1. From King Arthur, 1691. [back]
 
 
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