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John Donne (1572–1631).  The Poems of John Donne.  1896.
 
Letters to Several Personages
To M[r]. S[amuel] B[rooke]
 
O THOU which to search out the secret parts
  Of the India, or rather Paradise
  Of knowledge, hast with courage and advice
Lately launch’d into the vast sea of arts;
Disdain not in thy constant travelling        5
  To do as other voyagers, and make
  Some turns into less creeks, and wisely take
Fresh water at the Heliconian spring.
I sing not, siren-like, to tempt, for I
  Am harsh; nor as those schismatics with you,        10
  Which draw all wits of good hope to their crew;
But seeing in you bright sparks of poetry,
  I, though I brought no fuel, had desire
  With these articulate blasts to blow the fire.
 
 
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