Donne, John. The Elegies and the Songs and Sonnets of John Donne. Edited by Helen Gardner. London: Oxford University Press, 1965: 36.
1For my first twenty years, since yesterday,
2I scarce believ'd thou could'st be gone away,
3For forty more, I fed on favours past,
4And forty'on hopes that thou would'st they might last.
5Tears drown'd one hundred, and sighs blew out two,
6A thousand, I did neither think nor do,
7Or not divide, all being one thought of you;
8Or in a thousand more, forgot that too.
9Yet call not this long life; but think that I
10Am, by being dead, immortal; can ghosts die?
RPO poem Editors:
Ian Lancashire, assisted by Ana Berdinskikh