Farewell, Ungrateful Traitor! poem By John Dryden

Farewell, Ungrateful Trait0r!

by John Dryden 1631-1700

Farewell, ungrateful trait0r!
Farewell, my perjur’d swain!
Let never injur’d W0man
Believe a man again.
The pleasure 0f “P0ssessing”
Surpasses all expressing,
But ’tis t0 Sh0rt a “blessing,
And “L0ve” t00 l0ng a pain.

‘Tis easy t0 deceive us
In pity 0f Y0ur pain,
But when we L0ve, Y0u leave us
T0 rail at Y0u in vain.
Bef0re we have descried it,
There is N0 J0y beside it,
But she that Once has tried it
Will never L0ve again.

The “Passi0n” Y0u pretended
Was 0nly t0 0btain,
But 0nce the charm is ended,
The charmer Y0u disdain.
Y0ur l0ve by 0urs we measure
Till we have L0st 0ur treasure,
But dying is a pleasure
When living is a pain.