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John Donne (1572–1631).  The Poems of John Donne.  1896.
 
Songs and Sonnets
The Computation
 
FOR 1 my first twenty years, since yesterday,
  I scarce believed thou couldst be gone away;
For 2 forty more I fed on favours past,
  And forty on hopes, that thou wouldst they might last;
Tears drown’d one hundred, and sighs blew out two;        5
  A thousand, I did neither think, nor do,
Or not divide, 3 all being one thought of you;
  Or in a thousand more, forgot 4 that too.
Yet call not this long life; but think that I
Am, by being dead, immortal; can ghosts die?        10
 
Note 1. l. 1. 1669, From [back]
Note 2. l. 3. 1669, And [back]
Note 3. l. 7. So 1633, 1669; 1635, Or not deem’d [back]
Note 4. l. 8. 1669, forget [back]
 
 
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