A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
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And whisper to their souls to go,
Whilst some of their sad friends do say
The breath goes now, and some say, No:
So let us melt, and make no noise,
No tear-floods, nor sigh-tempests move;
'Twere profanation of our joys
To tell the laity our love.
Moving of th' earth brings harms and fears,
Men reckon what it did, and meant;
But trepidation of the spheres,
Though greater far, is innocent.
Dull sublunary lovers' love
(Whose soul is sense) cannot admit
Absence, because it doth remove
Those things which elemented it.
But we by a love so much refined,
That our selves know not what it is,
Inter-assured of the mind,
Care less, eyes, lips, and hands to miss.
Our two souls therefore, which are one,
Though I must go, endure not yet
A breach, but an expansion,
Like gold to airy thinness beat.
If they be two, they are two so
As stiff twin compasses are two;
Thy soul, the fixed foot, makes no show
To move, but doth, if the other do.
And though it in the center sit,
Yet when the other far doth roam,
It leans and hearkens after it,
And grows erect, as that comes home.
Such wilt thou be to me, who must,
Like th' other foot, obliquely run;
Thy firmness makes my circle just,
And makes me end where I begun.
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The poem can be used for a funeral as it celebrates the enduring nature of love and the idea that true love endures beyond death. It can be personalized by reflecting on the love shared between the deceased and their loved ones and the connection that remains even in death. The poem can serve as a tribute to the power of love to endure separation and the impact that the deceased had on the lives of those they loved.
Alternatively, the poem can be enjoyed as a philosophical reflection on the nature of love and the human experience of separation. It celebrates the enduring nature of true love and suggests that the connections we share with others are stronger than physical distance. The poem can inspire the reader to reflect on the connections they share with loved ones and the ways in which these connections endure beyond separation.
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