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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
The Message
By John Donne (1572–1631)
 
SEND home my long-stray’d eyes to me,
Which, oh! too long have dwelt on thee;
But if there they have learnt such ill,
    Such forced fashions
    And false passions,        5
        That they be
        Made by thee
Fit for no good sight, keep them still.
 
Send home my harmless heart again,
Which no unworthy thought could stain;        10
But if it be taught by thine
    To make jestings
    Of protestings,
        And break both
        Word and oath,        15
Keep it still, ’tis none of mine.
 
Yet send me back my heart and eyes,
That I may know and see thy lies,
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 dost now.
 
 
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