John Dryden

(1631 - 1700 / England)

One Happy Moment

Poem by John Dryden

NO, no, poor suff'ring Heart, no Change endeavour,
Choose to sustain the smart, rather than leave her;
My ravish'd eyes behold such charms about her,
I can die with her, but not live without her:
One tender Sigh of hers to see me languish,
Will more than pay the price of my past anguish:
Beware, O cruel Fair, how you smile on me,
'Twas a kind look of yours that has undone me.

Love has in store for me one happy minute,
And She will end my pain who did begin it;
Then no day void of bliss, or pleasure leaving,
Ages shall slide away without perceiving:
Cupid shall guard the door the more to please us,
And keep out Time and Death, when they would seize us:
Time and Death shall depart, and say in flying,
Love has found out a way to live, by dying.

Topic(s) of this poem: moment


Comments about One Happy Moment by John Dryden

  • Mizzy ........Mizzy ........ (9/3/2016 3:23:00 AM)

    A delightful read......great poetry!(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (8/9/2016 4:40:00 PM)

    I wonder why poets of his era thought death was so romantic.... Barry has the best option(Report)Reply

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  • Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton (8/9/2016 9:12:00 AM)

    I think divorce is a much better option.(Report)Reply

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  • Gajanan MishraGajanan Mishra (8/9/2016 6:58:00 AM)

    love has found out a way to live, good one.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (8/9/2016 4:30:00 AM)

    'O cruel Fair'! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Paul ReedPaul Reed (8/9/2016 2:30:00 AM)

    Ages shall slide away without perceiving... what a line(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, February 21, 2015