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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
The Parting
By Thomas Stanley (1625–1678)
 
    I GO dear Saint, away,
      Snatch’d from thy arms
    By far less pleasing charms,
    Than those I did obey;
  But if hereafter thou shalt know        5
    That grief hath killed me, come,
      And on my tomb
    Drop, drop a tear or two;
Break with thy sighs the silence of my sleep,
And I shall smile in death to see thee weep.        10
 
    Thy tears may have the power
      To reinspire
    My ashes with new fire,
    Or change me to some flower,
  Which, planted ’twixt thy breasts, shall grow:        15
      Veil’d in this shape, I will
      Dwell with thee still,
    Court, kiss, enjoy thee too:
Securely we’ll contemn all envious force,
And thus united be by death’s divorce.        20
 
 
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