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The Kiss

by Geoffrey Bush From Three Songs of Ben Jonson (1952)

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The Kiss
English source: Ben Jonson

O that joy so soon should waste!
Or so sweet a bliss
As a kiss
Might not for ever last!
So sugared, so melting, so soft, so delicious,
The dew that lies on roses,
When the morn herself discloses,
Is not so precious.
O, rather than it would I smother,
Were I to taste such another;
It should be my wishing
That I might die kissing.

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