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...rise, and do not empty hopes pursue; Yet think that I deny myself, not you.
_Almanz._ A happiness so high I cannot bear: My love's too fierce, and you too killing fair. I grow enraged to see such excellence!-- If words, so much disordered, give offence, My love's too full of zeal to think of sense. Be you like me; dull reason hence remove, And tedious forms, and give a loose to love. Love eagerly; let us be gods to-night; And do not, with half yielding, clash delight.
_Almah._Thou strong seducer, Opportunity!Of womankind, half are undone by thee! Though I resolve I will not be misled, I wish I had not heard what you have said! I cannot be so wicked to comply; And, yet, am most unhappy to deny! Away!
_Almanz._ I will not move me from this place: I can take no denial from that face!
_Almah._ If I could yield,--but think not that I will,-- You and myself I in revenge should kill; For I should hate us both, when it were done, And would not to the shame of life be won.
_Almanz._ Live... Dryden, John
Excerpt from The works of John Dryden, $c now first collected in eighteen volumes. $p Volume 04 · This quote is about opportunity · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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