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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
The White Island
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
IN this world, the Isle of Dreames,
While we sit by Sorrow’s streames,
Teares and terrors are our themes,
Reciting:    
 
But when once from hence we flie,        5
More and more approaching nigh
Unto young eternitie,
Uniting,    
 
In that Whiter Island, where
Things are evermore sincere;        10
Candor here and lustre there,
Delighting:    
 
There no monstrous fancies shall
Out of hell an Horror call,
To create, or cause at all,        15
Affrighting.    
 
There, in calm and cooling sleep,
We our eyes shall never steep,
But eternall watch shall keep,
Attending    
        20
 
Pleasures such as shall pursue
Me immortalized and you;
And fresh, joyes, as never to
Have ending.    
 
 
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