by John Donne (1572 - 1631)
Translation

Sweet, stay awhile
Language: English  after the English 
Sweet stay awhile, why [will]1 you rise?
The light you see comes from your eyes:
The day breaks not; it is my heart,
To think that [you and I]2 must part.
O stay, or else my joys must die,
And perish in their infancy.

[Dear, let me die in]3 this fair breast,
Far sweeter than the Phoenix' nest.
Love raise desire [by his]4 sweet charms
Within [this circle of thine]5 arms:
And let [thy]6 blissful kisses cherish
Mine infant joys, [that else must]7 perish.

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1 Lawes: "do"
2 Lawes: "I from you"
3 Lawes: "O let me die on"
4 Lawes: "with thy"
5 Lawes: "the centre of your"
6 Lawes: "those"
7 Lawes: "which else would"

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This text was added to the website: 2003-10-12
Line count: 12
Word count: 84