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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
John Donne
121. Elegie
His Picture
HERE take my Picture; though I bid farewell, 
Thine, in my heart, where my soule dwels, shall dwell. 
'Tis like me now, but I dead, 'twill be more 
When wee are shadowes both, then'twas before. 
When weather-beaten I come backe; my hand,         5
Perhaps with rude oares torne, or Sun beams tann'd, 
My face and brest of hairecloth, and my head 
With cares rash sodaine stormes, being o'rspread, 
My body'a sack of bones, broken within, 
And powders blew staines scatter'd on my skinne;  10
If rivall fooles taxe thee to'have lov'd a man, 
So foule, and course, as, Oh, I may seeme than, 
This shall say what I was: and thou shalt say, 
Doe his hurts reach mee? doth my worth decay? 
Or doe they reach his judging minde, that hee  15
Should now love lesse, what hee did love to see? 
That which in him was faire and delicate, 
Was but the milke, which in loves childish state 
Did nurse it: who now is growne strong enough 
To feed on that, which to disused tasts seemes tough.  20

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