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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Song: ‘No, no, poor suffering heart, no change endeavour’
By John Dryden (1631–1700)
 
NO, 1 no, poor suffering heart, no change endeavour;
Choose to sustain the smart, rather than leave her.
My ravished eyes behold such charms about her,
I can die with her, but not live without her;
One tender sigh of hers to see me languish,        5
Will more than pay the price of my past anguish.
Beware, O cruel fair, how you smile on me,
’Twas a kind look of yours that has undone me.
 
Love has in store for me one happy minute,
And she will end my pain who did begin it;        10
Then no day void of bliss or pleasure leaving,
Ages shall slide away without perceiving:
Cupid shall guard the door, the more to please us,
And keep out Time and Death, when they would seize us:
Time and Death shall depart, and say, in flying,        15
Love has found out a way to live by dying.
 
Note 1. From Cleomenes, 1692. [back]
 
 
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