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In "The Last Ride Together," the speaker has just been rejected by his lover. He reluctantly accepts this outcome but asks her to go horseback riding one last time. Evidence that she agrees to this is in the second stanza when he says, "I and my mistress, side by side, / Shall be together, breathe and ride," (19-20). As they ride, the speaker contemplates on how this experience is better than the work of statesmen, poets, and sculptors. Since they have broken up, the speaker considers that this will be their last ride. But he also imagines this experience continued in heaven, thereby extending the ride forever, necessarily making the "last" ride "last" forever ("The instant made eternity,-").
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