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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
169. Song
 
John Donne (1573–1631)
 
 
GO and catch a falling star,
  Get with child a mandrake root,
Tell me where all past hours are,
  Or who cleft the Devil’s foot;
Teach me to hear mermaids singing,        5
Or to keep off envy’s stinging,
        Or 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 at thy return 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 should meet.
Though she were true when you met her,
And last till you write your letter,
        Yet she        25
        Will be
False, ere I come, to two or three.
 

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