"A Valediction: Of Weeping" is English Metaphysical poet John Donne's tale of a sad goodbye. As the speaker and his beloved share a last embrace before the speaker leaves on a long voyage, the speaker reflects on what his beloved means to him—literally. Every teardrop that holds his beloved's reflection, the speaker says, is a whole world, marked with the beloved's face as a globe is marked with the continents. Love, the poem suggests, can make two people into each other's worlds, and thus turn a farewell into the end of the world. Like nearly all of Donne's poetry, "A Valediction: Of Weeping" wasn't published until after Donne's death; it first appeared in the posthumous collection Poems (1633).