A Burnt Ship

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A Burnt Ship
by John Donne

Out of a fired ship, which, by no way
But drowning, could be rescued from the flame,
Some men leap'd forth, and ever as they came
Neere the foes ships, did by their shot decay;
So all were lost, which in the ship were found,
     They in the sea being burnt, they in the burnt ship drown'd.

This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.