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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
John Donne
 
11. The Message
 
SEND home my long strayd eyes to mee, 
Which (Oh) too long have dwelt on thee; 
Yet since there they have learn'd such ill, 
    Such forc'd fashions, 
    And false passions,         5
        That they be 
        Made by thee 
Fit for no good sight, keep them still. 
  
Send home my harmlesse heart againe, 
Which no unworthy thought could staine;  10
But if it be taught by thine 
    To make jestings 
    Of protestings, 
        And crosse both 
        Word and oath,  15
Keepe it, for then 'tis none of mine. 
  
Yet send me back my heart and eyes, 
That I may know, and see thy lyes, 
And may laugh and joy, when thou 
    Art in anguish  20
    And dost languish 
        For some one 
        That will none, 
Or prove as false as thou art now. 
 
 
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