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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
The White Island
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
IN this world, the Isle of Dreams,
While we sit by sorrow’s streams,
Tears and terrors are our themes,
                Reciting:
 
But when once from hence we fly,        5
More and more approaching nigh
Unto young eternity,
                Uniting
 
In that whiter Island, where
Things are evermore sincere;        10
Candour here, and lustre there,
                Delighting:—
 
There no monstrous fancies shall
Out of hell an horror call,
To create, or cause at all        15
                Affrighting.
 
There, in calm and cooling sleep,
We our eyes shall never steep,
But eternal watch shall keep,
                Attending        20
 
Pleasures such as shall pursue
Me immortalized, and you;
And fresh joys, as never too
                Have ending.
 
 
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