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John Donne (1572–1631).  The Poems of John Donne.  1896.
Letters to Several Personages
AT once from hence my lines and I depart,
I to my soft still walks, they to my heart,
I to the nurse, they to the child of art.
Yet as a firm house, though the carpenter
Perish, doth stand; as an ambassador        5
Lies safe, howe’er his king be in danger;
So, though I languish, press’d with melancholy,
My verse, the strict map of my misery,
Shall live to see that, for whose want I die.
Therefore I envy them, and do repent,        10
That from unhappy me, things happy are sent.
Yet as a picture, or bare sacrament,
  Accept these lines, and if in them there be
  Merit of love, bestow that love on me.

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