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An Anthology of Poetry about Being Young and Growing Up
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John Donne

Go and catch a falling star, Get with child a mandrake root,° Tell me where all past years are, Or who cleft the Devil's foot. Teach me to hear mermaids singing, Or to keep off envy's stinging, And find What wind Serves to advance a honest mind. If thou beest born to strange sights, Things invisibe to see, Ride ten thousand days and nights, Till age snow white hairs on thee. Thou, when thou return'st, wilt tell me All strange wonders that befell thee, And swear Nowhere Lives a woman true, and fair. If thou find'st one, let me know, Such a pilgrimage were sweet; Yet do not, I would not go, Though at next door we might meet; Though she were true when you met her, And last till you write your letter, Yet she Will be False, ere I come, to two, or three. °The mandrake plant has a forked root which led people to associate it with human beings. The root, when ground up and taken as a medicine, was thought to increase fertility.

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