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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
105. Dirge of Love
 
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
 
  COME away, come away, Death,
And in sad cypres let me be laid;
  Fly away, fly away, breath;
I am slain by a fair cruel maid.
My shroud of white, stuck all with yew,        5
      O prepare it!
My part of death no one so true
      Did share it.
 
  Not a flower, not a flower sweet
On my black coffin let there be strown;        10
  Not a friend, not a friend greet
My poor corpse, where my bones shall be thrown;
A thousand thousand sighs to save,
      Lay me, O where
Sad true lover never find my grave,        15
      To weep there.
 

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