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    Love's Usury

    by John Donne
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    FOR every hour that thou wilt spare me now,
    I will allow,
    Usurious god of love, twenty to thee,
    When with my brown my gray hairs equal be.
    Till then, Love, let my body range, and let
    Me travel, sojourn, snatch, plot, have, forget,
    Resume my last year's relict ; think that yet
    We'd never met.
    Let me think any rival's letter mine,
    And at next nine
    Keep midnight's promise ; mistake by the way
    The maid, and tell the lady of that delay ;
    Only let me love none ; no, not the sport
    From country grass to confitures of court,
    Or city's quelque-choses ; let not report
    My mind transport.

    This bargain's good ; if when I'm old, I be
    Inflamed by thee,
    If thine own honour, or my shame and pain,
    Thou covet most, at that age thou shalt gain.
    Do thy will then ; then subject and degree
    And fruit of love, Love, I submit to thee.
    Spare me till then ; I'll bear it, though she be
    One that love me.
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