And here’s a little context for you:
I went out to the woods to-day To hide away from you, From you a thousand miles away— But you came, too. And yet the old dull thought would stay, And all my heart benumb— If you were but a mile away You would not come.
Jessie Belle Rittenhouse
Charles de Montesquieu, De l’Esprit des Lois (1748) [The Spirit of the Laws]