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John Donne (1572–1631).  The Poems of John Donne.  1896.
 
Songs and Sonnets
Song: Soul’s joy, now I am gone
 
SOUL’S joy, now 1 I am gone,
        And you alone,
        —Which cannot be,
Since I must leave myself with thee,
    And carry thee with me—        5
    Yet when unto our eyes
        Absence denies
        Each other’s sight,
And makes to us a constant night,
  When others change to light;        10
        O give no way to grief,
        But let belief
          Of mutual love
        This wonder to the vulgar prove,
          Our bodies, not we move.        15
 
Let not thy wit beweep
        Words 2 but sense deep;
        For when 3 we miss
By distance our hope’s 4 joining bliss,
    Even then our souls shall kiss;        20
    Fools have no means to meet,
        But by their feet;
        Why should our clay
Over our spirits so much sway,
  To tie us to that way?        25
        O give no way to grief, &c. 5
 
Note 1. l. 1. Lansd. MS. 777, when [back]
Note 2. l. 17. Lansd. MS., 777, Wounds [back]
Note 3. l. 18. Lansd. MS., 777, while [back]
Note 4. l. 19. Lansd. MS., 777, our lives [back]
Note 5. l. 26. Lansd. MS., 777 omits the second refrain. [back]
 
 
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