Fair Iris I Love and Hourly I Die

Original Text: 
John Dryden, Amphitryon (London: J. and M. Tonson, 1691). D-10 2918 Fisher Rare Book Library
2But not for a lip nor a languishing eye:
3She's fickle and false, and there I agree;
4For I am as false and as fickle as she:
5We neither believe what either can say;
6And, neither believing, we neither betray.
7'Tis civil to swear and say things, of course;
8We mean not the taking for better or worse.
9When present we love, when absent agree;
10I think not of Iris, nor Iris of me:
11The legend of love no couple can find
12So easy to part, or so equally join'd.


1] From Act IV, scene i. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
2RP 1.481.