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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
IX. Present in Absence
ABSENCE, hear thou my protestation 
    Against thy strength, 
    Distance, and length; 
Do what thou canst for alteration: 
  For hearts of truest mettle         5
Absence doth join, and Time doth settle. 
Who loves a mistress of such quality, 
    He soon hath found 
    Affection's ground 
Beyond time, place, and all mortality.  10
  To hearts that cannot vary 
Absence is Presence, Time doth tarry. 
By absence this good means I gain, 
    That I can catch her, 
    Where none can watch her,  15
In some close corner of my brain: 
  There I embrace and kiss her; 
And so I both enjoy and miss her. 

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