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A Dialogue between Daphne and Strephon

Language: English

 Come, my Daphne, come away,
 We do waste the crystal day.

 'Tis Strephon calls; what would my love?

 Come follow to the myrtle grove,
 where Venus shall prepare
 new chaplets for thy hair.

 Were I shut up within a tree,
 I'd rend my bark to follow thee.

 My shepherdess make haste,
 the minutes slide so fast.

 In those cooler shades will I
 blind as Cupid kiss your eye.

 In thy bosom then I'll stray,
 in such warm snow who would not lose his way?

Both :
 We'll laugh and leave this world behind,
 and gods themselves that see
 shall envy thee and me,
 but never find such joys when they embrace a deity.

Submitted by Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]


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Text added to the website: 2010-01-16.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:30
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Word count: 120

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