erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

I bade adieu to a rose,
gave paper to a paper,
drank farewell and drank to one
that would have a place at sea—a seal
who had a great desire to go to sea—
and I went home and sat there
talking old, playing old
till it was time to go lay
in a fine urn.

Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Saturday 17 March 1659/60.

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