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You charm'd me not with that fair face

John Dryden 1631 (Aldwincle) – 1631 (London)

You charm'd me not with that fair face
  Though it was all divine:
  To be another's is the grace,
  That makes me wish you mine.

  The Gods and Fortune take their part
  Who like young monarchs fight;
  And boldly dare invade that heart
  Which is another's right.

  First mad with hope we undertake
  To pull up every bar;
  But once possess'd, we faintly make
  A dull defensive war.

  Now every friend is turn'd a foe
  In hope to get our store:
  And passion makes us cowards grow,
  Which made us brave before.

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John Dryden

John Dryden was an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who was made Poet Laureate in 1668. more…

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