A Song from the Italian from Limberham: or, the Kind Keeper

By John Dryden 1631–1700 John Dryden
By a dismal cypress lying,
Damon cried, all pale and dying,
Kind is death that ends my pain,
But cruel she I lov'd in vain.
The mossy fountains
Murmur my trouble,
And hollow mountains
My groans redouble:
Ev'ry nymph mourns me,
Thus while I languish;
She only scorns me,
Who caus'd my anguish.
No love returning me, but all hope denying;
By a dismal cypress lying,
Like a swan, so sung he dying:
Kind is death that ends my pain,
But cruel she I lov'd in vain.

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Poet John Dryden 1631–1700

POET’S REGION England

Subjects Relationships, Living, Sorrow & Grieving, Love, Men & Women, Death, Romantic Love, Unrequited Love

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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