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Aphra Behn (Афра Бен)


Song


O Love! that stronger art than wine,
Pleasing delusion, witchery divine,
Wont to be prized above all wealth,
Disease that has more joys than health;
Though we blaspheme thee in our pain,
And of thy tyranny complain,
We are all bettered by they reign.
      
What reason never can bestow
We to this useful passion owe;
Love wakes the dull from sluggish ease,
And learns a clown the art to please,
Humbles the vain, kindles the cold,
Makes misers free, and cowards bold;
’Tis he reforms the sot from drink,
And teaches airy fops to think.

When full brute appetite is fed,
And choked the glutton lies and dead,
Thou new spirits dost dispense
And ’finest the gross delights of sense:
Virtue’s unconquerable aid
That against Nature can persuade,
And makes a roving mind retire
Within the bounds of just desire;
Cheerer of age, youth’s kind unrest,
And half the heaven of the blest! 



Aphra Behn's other poems:
  1. Angellica’s Lament
  2. Love Arm'd
  3. A Thousand Martyrs I Have Made
  4. The Dream


Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • William Blake (Уильям Блейк) Song ("How sweet I roam'd from field to field")
  • Percy Shelley (Перси Шелли) Song ("Rarely, rarely, comest thou")
  • Samuel Johnson (Сэмюэл Джонсон) Song ("Not the soft sighs of vernal gales")
  • Charlotte Mew (Шарлотта Мью) Song ("Love love to-day, my dear")
  • John Davidson (Джон Дэвидсон) Song ("THE boat is chafing at our long delay")
  • Bryan Procter (Брайан Проктер) Song ("Here's a health to thee, Mary")
  • George Etherege (Джордж Этеридж) Song ("LADIES, though to your conquering eyes")
  • Edgar Poe (Эдгар По) Song ("I saw thee on thy bridal day") 1827
  • Bayard Taylor (Бейард Тейлор) Song ("NOW the days are brief and drear")

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