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[This work is also sometimes attributed to John Donne --Steve]
- ABSENCE, hear thou my protestation
- Against thy strength,
- Distance and length:
- Do what thou canst for alteration,
- For hearts of truest mettle
- 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.
- To hearts that cannot vary
- Absence is present, time doth tarry.
- My senses want their outward motions
- Which now within
- Reason doth win,
- Redoubled in her secret notions:
- Like rich men that take pleasure
- More in hiding than handling treasure.
- By absence this good means I gain,
- That I can catch her,
- Where none can watch her,
- In some close corner of my brain:
- There I embrace and kiss her,
- And so I both enjoy and miss her.
- John Hoskins
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