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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.

John Donne. 1573–1631

195. Daybreak

STAY, 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.