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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
John Hoskins
 
20. Absence
 
ABSENCE heare my protestation 
        Against thy strengthe 
        Distance and lengthe, 
Doe what thou canst for alteration: 
        For harts of truest mettall         5
        Absence doth joyne, and time doth settle. 
  
Who loves a Mistris of right quality, 
        His mind hath founde 
        Affections grounde 
Beyond time, place, and all mortality:  10
        To harts that cannot vary 
        Absence is present, time doth tary: 
  
My Sences want their outward motion 
        Which now within 
        Reason doth win,  15
Redoubled by her secret notion: 
        Like rich men that take pleasure 
        In hidinge more then handling treasure. 
  
By absence this good means I gaine 
        That I can catch her  20
        Where none can watch her 
In some close corner of my braine: 
        There I embrace and kiss her, 
        And so enjoye her, and so misse her. 
 
 
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