And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too
For His Civility
As a suitor, Death is a gentleman. She did not have time for him, but he pursued her. He takes his time and doesn’t rush things, giving the speaker time to enjoy the ride.
Since he is such a gentleman, the speaker eventually gives in to Death’s charm (as of course she must), putting her work and leisure to the side and leaving her life behind.
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