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That Time and Absence proves Rather helps than hurts to loves

Written by: John Donne | Biography
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ABSENCE hear thou my protestation 
Against thy strength  
Distance and length: 
Do what thou canst for alteration  
For hearts of truest mettle 5 
Absence doth join and Time doth settle. 

Who loves a mistress of such quality  
His mind hath found 
Affection's ground 
Beyond time place and all mortality. 10 
To hearts that cannot vary 
Absence is present Time doth tarry. 

My senses want their outward motion 
Which now within 
Reason doth win 15 
Redoubled by her secret notion: 
Like rich men that take pleasure 
In hiding more than handling treasure. 

By Absence this good means I gain  
That I can catch her 20 
Where none can watch her  
In some close corner of my brain: 
There I embrace and kiss her  
And so enjoy her and none miss her.