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SONNET: 20. A FAREWELL, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Oft have I mused, but now at length I find
Last Line: From joy I part, still living in annoy.
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


Oft have I mused, but now at length I find
Why those that die, men say they do depart;
'Depart', a word so gentle to my mind,
Weakly did seem to paint death's ugly dart.
But now the stars with their strange course do bind
Me one to leave, with whom I leave my heart,
I hear a cry of spirits faint and blind,
That, parting thus, my chiefest part I part.
Part of my life, the loathed part to me,
Lives to impart my weary clay some breath;
But that good part, wherein all comforts be,
Now dead, doth show departure is a death,
Yea, worse than death; death parts both woe and joy;
From joy I part, still living in annoy.





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