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John Donne (1572–1631).  The Poems of John Donne.  1896.
 
Appendix A. Doubtful Poems
Love-Sonnet (I.)
 
O MADAM, you are of all women true,
Nay virtue’s self, that’s more, for only you
Are that which we imagine to be she;
You, and but you, make virtue here to be;
You, who by binding make us truly free,        5
Whose only bondman lives in liberty;
You, in which happy word all things are meant
Excepting wickedness and punishment.
You, that are you, which I love more than I,
In whom my soul can rest, yet I not die;        10
Nay lives, by being there, for that’s his place,
I, but a cabinet that keeps your face
  Or model in my heart, for all that’s I
  May in your picture live, in you must die.
 
 
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