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John Donne (1572–1631).  The Poems of John Donne.  1896.
 
Songs and Sonnets
The Expiration
 
SO, so, 1 break off this last lamenting kiss,
  Which sucks two souls, and vapours both away;
Turn, thou ghost, that way, and let me turn this,
  And let ourselves benight our happiest day.
We ask none leave to love; nor will we owe        5
  Any so cheap a death as saying, “Go.”
 
Go; and if that word have not quite killed thee,
  Ease me with death, by bidding me go too.
Or, if it have, let my word work on me,
  And a just office on a murderer do.        10
Except it be too late, to kill me so,
  Being double dead, going, and bidding, “Go.”
 
Note 1. l. 1. 1669, So go [back]
 
 
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