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John Donne (1572–1631).  The Poems of John Donne.  1896.
To John Donne
DONNE, 1 the delight of Phœbus, and each Muse,
Who, to thy one, all other brains refuse;
Whose every work, of thy most early wit,
Came forth example, and remains so, yet;
Longer a knowing, than most wits do live;        5
And which no’n affection praise enough can give!
To it, thy language, letters, arts, lest life,
Which might with half mankind maintain a strife;
All which I mean to praise, and yet, I would;
But leave, because I cannot as I should.
B. JONSON.    
Note 1. From the edition of 1650. [back]

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