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Chloe found Amyntas lying,
     All in tears, upon the plain,
Sighing to himself, and crying,
     "Wretched I, to love in vain!
Kiss me, dear, before my dying;
     Kiss me once and ease my pain."

Sighing to himself, and crying,
     "Wretched I, to love in vain!
Ever scorning, and denying
     To reward your faithful swain:
Kiss me, dear, before my dying;
     Kiss me once, and ease my pain!"

"Ever scorning and denying
     To reward your faithful swain."
Chloe, laughing at his crying,
     Told him that he loved in vain.
"Kiss me, dear, before my dying;
     Kiss me once, and ease my pain!"

Chloe, laughing at his crying,
     Told him that he loved in vain;
But repenting, and complying,
     When he kissed, she kissed again--
Kissed him up before his dying;
     Kissed him up and eased his pain.


John Dryden