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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. I. Early Poetry: Chaucer to Donne
 
Song: ‘Go and catch a falling star’
By John Donne (1572–1631)
 
GO and catch a falling star,
Get with child a mandrake root,
Tell me where all times past are,
Or who cleft the Devil’s foot;
Teach me to hear mermaids singing,        5
Or to keep off envy’s stinging,
        And find
        What wind
Serves to advance an honest mind.
 
If thou be’st born to strange sights,        10
Things invisible go see,
Ride ten thousand days and nights
Till age snow white hairs on thee;
Thou, when thou return’st, wilt tell me
All strange wonders that befell thee,        15
        And swear
        No where
Lives a woman true and fair.
 
If thou find’st one let me know,
Such a pilgrimage were sweet;        20
Yet do not, I would not go,
Though at next door we might meet;
Though she were true when you met her,
And last, when you wrote your letter,
        Yet she        25
        Will be
False, ere I come, to two or three.
 
 
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