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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (18861960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C. 1921.

John Donne

13. A Valediction: forbidding mourning

AS virtuous men passe mildly away,

And whisper to their soules, to goe,

Whilst some of their sad friends doe say,

The breath goes now, and some say, no:

So let us melt, and make no noise,

No teare-floods, nor sigh-tempests move,

T'were prophanation of our joyes

To tell the layetie our love.

Moving of th'earth brings harmes and

Men reckon what it did and meant,
But trepidation of the spheares,

Though greater farre, is innocent.

Dull sublunary lovers love

(Whose soule is sense) cannot admit

Absence, because it doth remove
Those things which elemented it.

But we by a love, so much refin'd,

That our selves know not what it is,

Inter-assured of the mind,

Care lesse, eyes, lips, and hands to misse.

Our two soules therefore, which are one,

Though I must goe, endure not yet

A breach, but an expansion,

Like gold to ayery thinnesse beate.

If they be two, they are two so
As stiffe twin compasses are two,

Thy soule the fixt foot, makes no show

To move, but doth, if the'other doe.

And though it in the center sit,

Yet when the other far doth rome,
It leanes, and hearkens after it,

And growes erect, as that comes home.

Such wilt thou be to mee, who must

Like th'other foot, obliquely runne;

Thy firmnes makes my circle just,
And makes me end, where I begunne.

Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (18861960). Metaphysical yrics ! "oe#s o$ the 1%th C. 19&1.

John 'onne

1&. A nocturnall upon S. Lucies day,
Being the shortest day

()* the yeares #idni+ht, and it is the dayes,

Lucies, ,ho scarce sea-en ho.res hersel$

(he *.nne is spent, and no, his 0as/s

*end $orth li+ht s1.ibs, no constant rayes2

(he ,orlds ,hole sap is s.n/e3

(he +enerall bal#e th4hydropti1.e earth hath

5hither, as to the beds6$eet, li$e is shr.n/e,

'ead and enterr4d2 yet all these see#e to

Co#par4d ,ith #ee, ,ho a# their 7pitaph.

*t.dy #e then, yo. ,ho shall lo-ers bee
8t the ne9t ,orld, that is, at the ne9t *prin+3

:or ) a# e-ery dead thin+,

)n ,ho# lo-e ,ro.+ht ne, 8lchi#ie.

:or his art did e9presse

8 1.intessence e-en $ro# nothin+nesse,
:ro# d.ll pri-ations, and leane e#ptinesse3

He r.in4d #ee, and ) a# re6be+ot

;$ absence, dar/nesse, death2 thin+s ,hich
are not.

8ll others, $ro# all thin+s, dra, all that4s

i$e, so.le, $or#e, spirit, ,hence they beein+
), by lo-es li#bec/e, a# the +ra-e

;$ all, that4s nothin+. ;$t a 0ood

Ha-e ,ee t,o ,ept, and so

'ro,nd the ,hole ,orld, .s t,o2 o$t did ,e

(o be t,o Chaosses, ,hen ,e did sho,
Care to o.+ht else2 and o$ten absences

5ithdre, o.r so.les, and #ade .s carcasses.

<.t ) a# by her death, (,hich ,ord ,ron+s

;$ the =rst nothin+, the 7li9er +ro,n2

5ere ) a #an, that ) ,ere one,
) needs /no,2 ) sho.ld pre$erre,

)$ ) ,ere any beast,

*o#e ends, so#e #eans2 >ea plants, yea
stones detest,

8nd lo-e2 8ll, all so#e properties in-est2

)$ ) an ordinary nothin+ ,ere,
8s shado,, a li+ht, and body be here.

<.t ) a# ?one2 nor ,ill #y *.nne rene,.

>o. lo-ers, $or ,hose sa/e, the lesser *.nne

8t this ti#e to the Goat is r.nne

(o $etch ne,, and +i-e it yo.,
7n@oy yo.r s.##er all2

*ince shee en@oyes her lon+ ni+hts $esti-all,

et #ee prepare to,ards her, and let #ee

(his her Ai+ill, and her 7-e, since this

<oth the yeares, and the dayes deep
#idni+ht is.
Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (18861960). Metaphysical yrics ! "oe#s o$ the 1%th C. 19&1.

John 'onne

1. The good-morrow

) 5;?'7B by #y troth, ,hat tho., and )

'id, till ,e lo-4dC ,ere ,e not ,ean4d till

<.t s.c/4d on co.ntrey pleas.res,

;r snorted ,e in the sea-en sleepers denC

(4,as so2 <.t this, all pleas.res $ancies bee.

)$ e-er any bea.ty ) did see,

5hich ) desir4d, and +ot, t4,as b.t a drea#e
o$ thee.

8nd no, +ood #orro, to o.r ,a/in+ so.les,

5hich ,atch not one another o.t o$ $eare2

:or lo-e, all lo-e o$ other si+hts contro.les,
8nd #a/es one little roo#e, an e-ery

et sea6disco-erers to ne, ,orlds ha-e

et Maps to other, ,orlds on ,orlds ha-e

et .s possesse one ,orld, each hath one,
and is one.

My $ace in thine eye, thine in #ine
8nd tr.e plaine hearts doe in the $aces rest,

5here can ,e =nde t,o better

5itho.t sharpe ?orth, ,itho.t declinin+

5hat e-er dyes, ,as not #i9t e1.ally2

)$ o.r t,o lo-es be one, or, tho. and )
o-e so ali/e, that none doe slac/en, none
can die.

Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (18861960). Metaphysical yrics ! "oe#s o$ the 1%th C. 19&1.

8ndre, Mar-ell

6&. To his Coy Mistress

H8' ,e b.t 5orld eno.+h, and

(his coyness ady ,ere no cri#e.

5e ,o.ld sit do,n, and thin/
,hich ,ay

(o ,al/, and pass o.r lon+ o-es

(ho. by the Indian Ganges side

*ho.ld4st B.bies =nd3 ) by the (ide

;$ Humber ,o.ld co#plain. )

o-e yo. ten years be$ore the

8nd yo. sho.ld i$ yo. please

(ill the Con-ersion o$ the Jews.
My -e+etable o-e sho.ld +ro,

Aaster then 7#pires, and #ore

8n h.ndred years sho.ld +o to

(hine 7yes, and on thy :orehead

(,o h.ndred to adore each <reast3
<.t thirty tho.sand to the rest.

8n 8+e at least to e-ery part,

8nd the last 8+e sho.ld sho, yo.r

:or ady yo. deser-e this *tate2

?or ,o.ld ) lo-e at lo,er rate.
<.t at #y bac/ ) al,aies hear

(i#es ,in+ed Charriot h.rryin+

8nd yonder all be$ore .s lye

'esarts o$ -ast 7ternity.

(hy <ea.ty shall no #ore be
?or, in thy #arble, shall

My ecchoin+ *on+3 then 5or#s
shall try

(hat lon+ preser-4d Air+inity3

8nd yo.r 1.aint Hono.r t.rn to

8nd into ashes all #y .st.
(he Gra-e4s a =ne and pri-ate

<.t none ) thin/ do there e#brace.

?o, there$ore, ,hile the$.l

*its on thy s/in li/e #ornin+ Ede,F

8nd ,hile thy ,illin+ *o.l
8t e-ery pore ,ith instant :ires,

?o, let .s sport .s ,hile ,e #ay2

8nd no,, li/e a#4ro.s birds o$

Bather at once o.r (i#e de-o.r,

(han lan+.ish in his slo,6chapt
et .s roll all o.r *tren+th, and all

;.r s,eetness, .p into one <all3

8nd tear o.r "leas.res ,ith ro.+h

(horo.+h the )ron +ates o$ i$e.

(h.s, tho.+h ,e cannot #a/e o.r
*tand still, yet ,e ,ill #a/e hi#

Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (18861960). Metaphysical yrics ! "oe#s o$ the 1%th C. 19&1.

John 'onne

%8. Hymne to GO my GO, in my sic!nesse

*)?C7 ) a# co##in+ to that Holy roo#e,

5here, ,ith thy G.ire o$ *aints $or e-er#ore,

) shall be #ade thy M.si1.e2 8s ) co#e

) the )nstr.#ent here at the dore,

8nd ,hat ) doe then, thin/e here be$ore.


5hilst #y "hysitians by their lo-e are +ro,ne

Cos#o+raphers, and ) their Mapp, ,ho lie

:lat on this bed, that by the# #ay be sho,ne

(hat this is #y *o.th6,est disco-erie

Per fretum febris, by these strei+hts to die,

) @oy, that in these straits, ) see #y 5est2

:or, tho.+h theire c.rrants yeeld ret.rne to none,

5hat shall #y 5est h.rt #eC 8s 5est and 7ast

)n all 0att Maps (and ) a# one) are one,

*o death doth the Bes.rrection.

)s the "aci=1.e *ea #y ho#eC ;r are

(he 7asterne richesC )s Ierusalem

!n"an, and #agellan, and Gibraltare,

8ll strei+hts, and none b.t strei+hts, are ,ayes to the#,

5hether ,here Ia$%et d,elt, or &%am, or 'em.

5e thin/e that Paradise and &al(arie,

&%rists Crosse, and !dams tree, stood in one place2

oo/e ord, and =nde both !dams #et in #e2

8s the =rst !dams s,eat s.rro.nds #y $ace,

May the last !dams blood #y so.le e#brace.

*o, in his p.rple ,rapp4d recei-e #ee ord,

<y these his thornes +i-e #e his other Cro,ne2

8nd as to others so.les ) preach4d thy ,ord,

<e this #y (e9t, #y *er#on to #ine o,ne,

(her$ore that he #ay raise the ord thro,s do,n.
Holy Sonnets: I am a little world made
by John Donne
I aI am a little world made cunningly
Of Of elements and an angelic sprite,
BuBut black sin hath betray'd to endless night
MMy world's both parts, and oh both parts must die.
YoYou which beyond that heaven which was most high
HaHave found new spheres, and of new lands can write,
PoPour new seas in mine eyes, that so I might
DrDrown my world with my weeping earnestly,
Or Or wash it, if it must be drown'd no more.
BuBut oh it must be burnt; alas the fire
Of Of lust and envy have burnt it heretofore,
AnAnd made it fouler; let their flames retire,
AnAnd burn me O Lord, with a fiery zeal
Of Of thee and thy house, which doth in eating heal.
The Canonization
by John Donne
ForFor God's sake hold your tongue, and let me love,
Or chide my palsy, or my gout,
My five grey hairs, or ruin'd fortune flout,
WiWith wealth your state, your mind with arts improve,
Take you a course, get you a place,
Observe his Honour, or his Grace,
Or Or the King's real, or his stamped face
Contemplate, what you will, approve,
So you will let me love.
AlAlas, alas, who's injur'd by my love?
What merchant's ships have my sighs drown'd?
Who says my tears have overflow'd his ground?
WWhen did my colds a forward spring remove?
When did the heats which my veins fill
Add one more to the plaguy bill?
SolSoldiers find wars, and lawyers find out still
Litigious men, which quarrels move,
Though she and I do love.
CaCall us what you will, we are made such by love;
Call her one, me another fly,
We'are tapers too, and at our own cost die,
AnAnd we in us find the'eagle and the dove.
The phnix riddle hath more wit
By us; we two being one, are it.
SoSo, to one neutral thing both sexes fit,
We die and rise the same, and prove
Mysterious by this love.
WWe can die by it, if not live by love,
And if unfit for tombs and hearse
Our legend be, it will be fit for verse;
AnAnd if no piece of chronicle we prove,
We'll build in sonnets pretty rooms;
As well a well-wrought urn becomes
ThThe greatest ashes, as half-acre tombs,
And by these hymns all shall approve
Us canoniz'd for love;
AnAnd thus invoke us: "You, whom reverend love
Made one another's hermitage;
You, to whom love was peace, that now is rage;
WWho did the whole world's soul contract, and drove
Into the glasses of your eyes
(So made such mirrors, and such spies,
ThThat they did all to you epitomize)
Countries, towns, courts: beg from above
A pattern of your love!"