• A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

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    As virtuous men pass mildly away,

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  • And whisper to their souls to go,

  • Whilst some of their sad friends do say

  • The breath goes now, and some say, No:

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    So let us melt, and make no noise,

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  • No tear-floods, nor sigh-tempests move;

  • 'Twere profanation of our joys

  • To tell the laity our love.

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    Moving of th' earth brings harms and fears,

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  • Men reckon what it did, and meant;

  • But trepidation of the spheres,

  • Though greater far, is innocent.

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    Dull sublunary lovers' love

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  • (Whose soul is sense) cannot admit

  • Absence, because it doth remove

  • Those things which elemented it.

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    But we by a love so much refined,

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  • That our selves know not what it is,

  • Inter-assured of the mind,