Quotation by John Donne

Study me then, you who shall lovers be
At the next world, that is, at the next spring:
For I am every dead thing,
In whom love wrought new alchemy.
For his art did express
A quintessence even from nothingness,
From dull privations, and lean emptiness:
He ruined me, and I am re-begot
Of absence, darkness, death: things which are not.
John Donne (1572–1631), British poet. A Nocturnal upon Saint Lucy's Day, Being the Shortest Day (l. 10–18). . .

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