John Dryden – Three Poems

August 19, 2016 — Leave a comment



TODAY is the birthday of the poet
John Dryden, born 1631.

In remembrance of the poet, we offer three of our favorite poems…


The Fair Stranger:
A Song

John Dryden


1 Happy and free, securely blest,
No beauty could disturb my rest;
My amorous heart was in despair,
To find a new victorious fair.

2 Till you descending on our plains,
With foreign force renew my chains:
Where now you rule without control
The mighty sovereign of my soul.

3 Your smiles have more of conquering charms,
Than all your native country arms;
Their troops we can expel with ease,
Who vanquish only when we please.

4 But in your eyes, oh! there’s the spell,
Who can see them, and not rebel?
You make us captives by your stay,
Yet kill us if you go away.

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