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John Donne (1572–1631).  The Poems of John Donne.  1896.
Songs and Sonnets
Break of Day
STAY, 1 O sweet, and do not rise;
The light that shines comes from thine eyes;
The day breaks not, it is my heart,
Because that you and I must part.
  Stay, or else my joys will die        5
  And perish in their infancy.
Note 1. Since passing the text for press, I have come to the conclusion that the poem Break of Day is not Donne’s. It is in John Dowland’s A Pilgrim’s Solace (1612), and was probably added to the 1669 Poems from some copy initialled J. D. [back]

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