John Dryden

(1631 - 1700 / England)

Ah, How Sweet It Is To Love! - Poem by John Dryden

AH, how sweet it is to love!
Ah, how gay is young Desire!
And what pleasing pains we prove
When we first approach Love's fire!
Pains of love be sweeter far
Than all other pleasures are.

Sighs which are from lovers blown
Do but gently heave the heart:
Ev'n the tears they shed alone
Cure, like trickling balm, their smart:
Lovers, when they lose their breath,
Bleed away in easy death.

Love and Time with reverence use,
Treat them like a parting friend;
Nor the golden gifts refuse
Which in youth sincere they send:
For each year their price is more,
And they less simple than before.

Love, like spring-tides full and high,
Swells in every youthful vein;
But each tide does less supply,
Till they quite shrink in again:
If a flow in age appear,
'Tis but rain, and runs not clear.


Comments about Ah, How Sweet It Is To Love! by John Dryden

  • (9/3/2016 9:35:00 PM)


    yes, awesome, but last line doesn't account for the odd tsunami. (Report) Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/3/2016 2:27:00 PM)


    Love and Time with reverence use,
    Treat them like a parting friend;
    Nor the golden gifts refuse
    Which in youth sincere they send:
    Beautiful poem about time and love.
    10 for it.
    (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (9/3/2016 2:27:00 PM)


    Awesome poem, Speechlesssss Love, like spring-tides full and high,
    Swells in every youthful vein;
    But each tide does less supply,
    Till they quite shrink in again:
    (Report) Reply

  • (9/3/2016 11:04:00 AM)


    A superb narration of the attributes of true love and it's supreme importance in youthful life. Thanks for sharing this masterpiece on love. (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra (9/3/2016 10:39:00 AM)


    spring tide full and high- love (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (9/3/2016 9:20:00 AM)


    Pains of love be sweeter far
    Than all other pleasures are.
    Love and Time with reverence use.... / No doubt that it is an amazing poem on the significance of love in our lives. Written about three centuries ago, it still has the spark.
    (Report) Reply

  • Mizzy ........ (9/3/2016 3:13:00 AM)


    Superb account of true love......a masterpiece! (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/3/2016 1:55:00 AM)


    Love and time! ! Thanks for sharing this lovely poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • (9/3/2016 1:01:00 AM)


    wow....................................dear John..................love you darling.............................. (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren (9/3/2016 12:14:00 AM)


    Ah! Beautiful beautiful and beautiful poetry.. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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