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yet they, most of any sort of men in the
world, have practised it.
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Your very true and earnest friend
and servant and lover
J. Donne.

To Sr Robert Carre now Earle of Ankerum, with my
Book Biathanatos at my going into Germany.

I had need do somewhat towards you
above my promises; How weak are my
performances, when even my promises are
defective? I cannot promise, no not in
mine own hopes, equally to your merit to-
wards me. But besides the Poems, of
which you took a promise, I send you ano-
ther Book to which there belongs this
History. It was written by me many years
since; and because it is upon a misinter-
pretable subject, I have always gone so near
suppressing it, as that it is onely not burnt:
no hand hath passed upon it to copy it, nor
many eyes to read it: onely to some parti-
cular friends in both Universities, then
when I writ it, I did communicate it: And
[CW: I]

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