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by John Donne
Send home my long stray'd eyes to me,
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The Message

by John Donne
Send home my long stray'd eyes to me,
Which, O! too long have dwelt on thee;
Yet since there they have learn'd such ill,
           Such forced fashions,
           And false passions,
                     That they be
                     Made by thee
Fit for no good sight, keep them still.
Send home my harmless heart again,
Which no unworthy thought could stain;
Which if it be taught by thine
           To make jestings
           Of protestings,
                     And break both
                     Word and oath,
Keep it, for then 'tis none of mine.
Yet send me back my heart and eyes,
That I may know, and see thy lies,
And may laugh and joy, when thou
           Art in anguish
           And dost languish
                     For some one
                     That will none,
Or prove as false as thou art now.

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