Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ALMANZOR & ALMAHIDE, OR THE CONQUEST OF GRANADA: SONG OF ZAMBRA DANCE2, by JOHN DRYDEN



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ALMANZOR & ALMAHIDE, OR THE CONQUEST OF GRANADA: SONG OF ZAMBRA DANCE2, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: How unhappy a lover am I
Last Line: For the souls to meet closer above.
Variant Title(s): Prologues, Epilogues And Songs From The Conquest Of Granada: 7
Subject(s): Death; Fate; Hope; Love - Loss Of; Nymphs; Dead, The; Destiny; Optimism


1

He. How unhappy a Lover am I
While I sigh for my Phillis in vain;
All my Hopes of Delight
Are another man's Right,
Who is happy while I am in pain!

2

She. Since her Honour allows no Relief,
But to pity the pains which you bear,
'Tis the best of your Fate,
(In a hopeless Estate,)
To give o're and betimes to despair.

3

He. I have try'd the false Med'cine in vain;
For I wish what I hope not to win:
From without, my desire
Has no Food to its Fire,
But it burns and consumes me within.

4

She. Yet at least 'tis a pleasure to know
That you are not unhappy alone:
For the Nymph you adore
Is as wretched and more,
And accounts all your suff'rings her own.

5

He. O ye Gods, let me suffer for both;
At the Feet of my Phillis I'le lye:
I'll resign up my Breath,
And take Pleasure in Death, To be pity'd by her when I dye.

6

She. What her Honour deny'd you in Life
In her Death she will give to your Love:
Such a Flame as is true
After Fate will renew,
For the Souls to meet closer above.





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