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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
John Donne
 
19. The Expiration
 
SO, so, breake off this last lamenting kisse, 
  Which sucks two soules, and vapors Both away, 
Turne thou ghost that way, and let mee turne this, 
  And let our selves benight our happiest day, 
We ask'd none leave to love; nor will we owe         5
  Any, so cheape a death, as saying, Goe; 
  
Goe; and if that word have not quite kil'd thee, 
  Ease mee with death, by bidding mee goe too. 
Oh, if it have, let my word worke on mee, 
  And a just office on a murderer doe.  10
Except it be too late, to kill me so, 
  Being double dead, going, and bidding, goe. 
 
 
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