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Thursday, July 6, 2017

LOVE'S GROWTH (EXCERPT) BY JOHN DONNE FORWARDED BY CYTHIA ABEGAIL

LOVE'S GROWTH

I SCARCE BELIEVE MY LOVE TO BE SO PURE
AS I HAVE THOUGHT IT WAS
BECAUSE IT DOTH ENDURE
VISSICITUDE, AND SEASON, AS THE GRASS;
ME THINKS I LIED ALL WINTER, WHEN I SWORE
MY LOVE WAS INFINITE, IF SPRING MAKE IT MORE.

BUT IF THIS MEDICINE, LOVE WHICH CURES ALL SORROW
WITH MORE, NOT ONLY BE NO QUINTESSENCE,
BUT MIX'D ALL STUFFS, VEXING SOUL, OR SENSE,
AND OF THE SUN HIS ACTIVE VIGOUR BORROW,
LOVE'S NOT SO PURE, AND ABSTRACT AS THEY USE
TO SAY , WHICH HAVE NO MISTRESS BUT THEIR MUSE;
BUT AS ALL ELSE, BEING ELEMENTED TOO,
LOVE SOMETIMES WOULD CONTEMPLATE, SOMETIMES DO...

JOHN DONNE

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