Quotation by John Donne

License my roving hands, and let them go
Before, behind, between, above, below.
O my America! my new-found-land,
My kingdom, safeliest when with one man manned,
My mine of precious stones, my empery,
How blest am I in this discovering thee!
To enter in these bonds is to be free;
Then where my hand is set, my seal shall be.
John Donne (1572–1631), British poet. To His Mistress Going to Bed. . .

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