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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Song: ‘The happiest mortals once were we’
By George Granville, Lord Lansdowne (1666–1735)
 
THE HAPPIEST mortals once were we
I loved Myra, Myra me;
Each desirous of the blessing,
Nothing wanting but possessing;
I loved Myra, Myra me:        5
The happiest mortals once were we.
 
But since cruel fates dissever,
Torn from love, and torn forever,
    Tortures end me,
    Death befriend me!        10
Of all pain, the greatest pain
Is to love, and love in vain.
 
 
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