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John Donne (1572–1631).  The Poems of John Donne.  1896.
 
Songs and Sonnets
The Message
 
SEND home my long stray’d eyes to me,
Which, O! too long have dwelt on thee;
Yet since 1 there they have learn’d such ill,
    Such forced fashions,
    And false passions,        5
        That they be
        Made by thee
Fit for no good sight, keep them still.
 
Send home my harmless heart again,
Which no unworthy thought could stain;        10
But if it be taught by thine
    To make jestings
    Of protestings,
        And break both
        Word and oath,        15
Keep it, for then ’tis 2 none of mine.
 
Yet send me back my heart and eyes,
That I may know, and see thy lies,
And may laugh and joy, when thou
    Art in anguish        20
    And dost languish
        For some one
        That will none,
Or prove as false as thou art now. 3
 
Note 1. l. 3. 1669, But if [back]
Note 2. l. 16. 1669, Keep it still, ’tis [back]
Note 3. l. 24. 1669, dost now [back]
 
 
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