Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE FAREWELL, by THOMAS STANLEY

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THE FAREWELL, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Since fate commands me hence, and I
Last Line: Love hath more power than destiny.
Subject(s): Farewell; Love - Nature Of; Parting

SINCE Fate commands me hence, and I
Must leave my soul with thee, and die,
Dear, spare one sigh, or else let fall
A tear to crown my funeral,
That I may tell my grieved heart,
Thou art unwilling we should part,
And Martyrs, that embrace the fire,
Shall with less joy than I expire.

With this last kiss I will bequeath
My soul transfus'd into thy breath,
Whose active heat shall gently slide
Into thy breast, and there reside,
And be in spite of Fate, thus bless'd
By this sad death, of Heaven possess'd.
Then prove but kind, and thou shalt see
Love hath more power than Destiny.

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