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John Dryden (1631–1700).  The Poems of John Dryden.  1913.
Songs from the Plays
“Fair Iris I love and hourly I dye,” from Amphitryon
FAIR Iris I love and hourly I dye,
But not for a Lip nor a languishing Eye:
She’s fickle and false, and there I agree;
For I am as false and as fickle as she:
We neither believe what either can say;        5
And, neither believing, we neither betray.
’Tis civil to swear and say Things of course;
We mean not the taking for better or worse.
When present we love, when absent agree;
I think not of Iris, nor Iris of me:        10
The Legend of Love no Couple can find
So easie to part, or so equally join’d.

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