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John Donne, on the coincidence of Annunciation and Good Friday in 1608:

This doubtful day
Of feast or fast, Christ came and went away.

This Church, by letting these days join, hath shown
Death and conception in mankind is one:
Or ’twas in Him the same humility
That He would be a man and leave to be:
Or as creation He had made, as God,
With the lasting judgment but one period,
His imitating Spouse would join in one
Manhood’s extremes: He shall come, He is gone.