SONG TO A FAIR YOUNG LADY, GOING OUT OF THE
TOWN IN THE SPRING
by: John Dryden
POEMS BY JOHN DRYDEN
- SK not the cause why sullen Spring
- So long delays her flowers to bear;
- Why warbling birds forget to sing,
- And winter storms invert the year:
- Chloris is gone; and fate provides
- To make it Spring where she resides.
- Chloris is gone, the cruel fair;
- She cast not back a pitying eye:
- But left her lover in despair
- To sigh, to languish, and to die:
- Ah! how can those fair eyes endure
- To give the wounds they will not cure!
- Great God of Love, why hast thou made
- A face that can all hearts command,
- That all religions can invade,
- And change the laws of every land?
- Where thou hadst plac'd such power before,
- Thou shouldst have made her mercy more.
- When Chloris to the temple comes,
- Adoring crowds before her fall;
- She can restore the dead from tombs
- And every life but mine recall.
- I only am by Love design'd
- To be the victim for mankind.
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