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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
The White Island
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
IN this world, the Isle of Dreams,
While we sit by sorrow’s streams,
Tears and terror are our themes
But when once from hence we fly,        5
More and more approaching nigh
Unto young Eternity
In that whiter island, where
Things are evermore sincere;        10
Candour here, and lustre there
—There no monstrous fancies shall
Out of Hell an horror call,
To create (or cause at all)        15
There in calm and cooling sleep
We our eyes shall never steep;
But eternal watch shall keep
            Attending        20
Pleasures such as shall pursue
Me immortalised, and you;
And fresh joys, as never too
            Have ending.

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