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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
John Donne
 
69. "Thou hast made me, And shall thy worke decay?"
 
THOU hast made me, And shall thy worke decay? 
Repaire me now, for now mine end doth haste, 
I runne to death, and death meets me as fast, 
And all my pleasures are like yesterday; 
I dare not move my dimme eyes any way,         5
Despaire behind, and death before doth cast 
Such terrour, and my feeble flesh doth waste 
By sinne in it, which it t'wards hell doth weigh; 
Onely thou art above, and when towards thee 
By thy leave I can looke, I rise againe;  10
But our old subtle foe so tempteth me, 
That not one houre my selfe I can sustaine; 
Thy Grace may wing me to prevent his art, 
And thou like Adamant draw mine iron heart. 
 
 
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