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John Donne (1572–1631).  The Poems of John Donne.  1896.
 
Songs and Sonnets
Witchcraft by a Picture
 
I FIX mine eye on thine, and there
  Pity my picture burning in thine eye;
My picture drown’d in a transparent tear,
  When I look lower I espy;
    Hadst thou the wicked skill        5
By pictures made and marr’d, to kill,
How many ways mightst thou perform thy will?
 
But now I’ve drunk thy sweet salt tears,
  And though 1 thou pour more, I’ll depart;
My picture vanished, vanish all fears 2        10
  That I can be endamaged by that art;
  Though thou retain of me
One picture more, yet that will be,
Being in thine own heart, from all malice free.
 
Note 1. l. 9, 1669, Although [back]
Note 2. l. 10. So 1635; 1633, My picture vanish’d, vanish fears  1669, My picture vanish, vanish fears [back]
 
 
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