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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare: Poems.  1914.

Sonnet LXXI.

“No longer mourn for me when I am dead”

NO longer mourn for me when I am dead 
Than you shall hear the surly sullen bell 
Give warning to the world that I am fled 
From this vile world, with vilest worms to dwell: 
Nay, if you read this line, remember not         5
The hand that writ it; for I love you so, 
That I in your sweet thoughts would be forgot, 
If thinking on me then should make you woe. 
O! if,—I say, you look upon this verse, 
When I perhaps compounded am with clay,  10
Do not so much as my poor name rehearse, 
But let your love even with my life decay; 
  Lest the wise world should look into your moan, 
  And mock you with me after I am gone. 



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