by Robert Herrick
BURN, or drown me, choose ye whether,
So I may but die together ;
Thus to slay me by degrees
Is the height of cruelties.
What needs twenty stabs, when one
Strikes me dead as any stone ?
O show mercy then, and be
Kind at once to murder me.
Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol II.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 67.