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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Song: ‘See, O see!’
By George Digby, Earl of Bristol (1612–1677)
 
            SEE, 1 O see!
            How every tree,
            Every bower,
            Every flower,
A new life gives to others’ joys,        5
            Whilst that I
            Grief-stricken lie,
            Nor can meet
            With any sweet
  But what faster mine destroys.        10
  What are all the senses’ pleasures,
  When the mind has lost all measures?
 
            Hear, O hear!
            How sweet and clear
            The nightingale        15
            And waters’ fall
In concert join for others’ ears,
            Whilst to me,
            For harmony,
            Every air        20
            Echoes despair,
  And every drop provokes a tear.
  What are all the senses’ pleasures,
  When the mind has lost all measures?
 
Note 1. From Elvira, 1667. [back]
 
 
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