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Poem by Aphra Behn


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:
Virtues unconquerable aid
That against Nature can persuade,
And makes a roving mind retire
Within the bounds of just desire;
Cheerer of age, youths kind unrest,
And half the heaven of the blest! 



Aphra Behn


Aphra Behn's other poems:
  1. Oh, How the Hand the Lover Ought to Prize
  2. Epitaph on the Tombstone of a Child, the Last of Seven that Died Before
  3. To Lysander
  4. The Disappointment
  5. Angellicas Lament


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Percy Shelley Song ("Rarely, rarely, comest thou")
  • Samuel Johnson Song ("Not the soft sighs of vernal gales")
  • Charlotte Mew Song ("Love love to-day, my dear")
  • John Davidson Song ("THE boat is chafing at our long delay")
  • Bryan Procter Song ("Here's a health to thee, Mary")
  • George Crabbe Song ("Cease to bid me not to sing")
  • Mary Montagu Song ("How happy is the harden'd heart")
  • George Etherege Song ("LADIES, though to your conquering eyes")
  • Mary Chudleigh Song ("Why, Damon, why, why, why so pressing?")
  • Edgar Poe Song ("I saw thee on thy bridal day") 1827
  • Emma Lazarus Song ("Frosty lies the winter-landscape")
  • Amy Lowell Song ("Oh! To be a flower")
  • Bayard Taylor Song ("NOW the days are brief and drear")
  • Isaac Bickerstaffe Song ("How happy were my days, till now")
  • Hilaire Belloc Song ("Inviting the influence of a young lady upon the opening year")
  • George Lyttelton Song ("When Delia on the plain appears") 1732
  • Philip Massinger Song ("Why art thou slow, thou rest of trouble, Death")
  • Duncan Scott Song ("I have done")
  • Elinor Wylie Song ("It is my thoughts that colour")
  • Richard Sheridan Song ("Heres to the maiden of bashful fifteen")

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