Quotation by John Donne

I conjure thee, and all the oaths which I
And thou have sworn to seal joint constancy,
Here I unswear, and overswear them thus,
Thou shalt not love by ways so dangerous.
Temper, O fair Love, love's impetuous rage,
Be my true Mistress still, not my feign'd Page;
I'll go, and, by thy kind leave, leave behind
Thee, only worthy to nurse in my mind
Thirst to come back;
John Donne (1572–1631), British poet. On His Mistress (Elegies). . .

The Complete English Poems [John Donne]. A. J. Smith, ed. (1971) Penguin Books.
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