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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Undertaking
By John Donne (1572–1631)
 
I HAVE done one braver thing
  Than all the Worthies did,
And yet a braver thence doth spring,
  Which is, to keep that hid.
 
It were but madness now t’ impart        5
  The skill of specular stone,
When he which can have learned the art
  To cut it, can find none.
 
So, if I now should utter this,
  Others (because no more        10
Such stuff to work upon there is)
  Would love but as before:
 
But he who loveliness within
  Hath found, all outward loathes;
For he who color loves, and skin,        15
  Loves but their oldest clothes.
 
If, as I have, you also do
  Virtue attired in women see,
And dare love that and say so too,
  And forget the He and She;        20
 
And if this love, though placèd so,
  From profane men you hide,
Which will no faith on this bestow,
  Or, if they do, deride;
 
Then you have done a braver thing        25
  Than all the Worthies did,
And a braver thence will spring,
  Which is, to keep that hid.
 
 
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