Treasure Island

John Dryden

(9 August 1631 – 1 May 1700 / Northamptonshire, England)

Farewell, Ungrateful Traitor!


Farewell, ungrateful traitor!
Farewell, my perjur'd swain!
Let never injur'd woman
Believe a man again.
The pleasure of possessing
Surpasses all expressing,
But 'tis too short a blessing,
And love too long a pain.

'Tis easy to deceive us
In pity of your pain,
But when we love, you leave us
To rail at you in vain.
Before we have descried it,
There is no joy beside it,
But she that once has tried it
Will never love again.

The passion you pretended
Was only to obtain,
But once the charm is ended,
The charmer you disdain.
Your love by ours we measure
Till we have lost our treasure,
But dying is a pleasure
When living is a pain.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Jack Turner (2/18/2007 2:27:00 PM)

    i love this poem; it's amazing that something written 350-odd years ago can so stand the test of time. those final two lines are just...what can i say? (Report) Reply

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