Helen Gardner (ed.), John Donne: The Elegies and The Songs and Sonnets
- 1Come live with mee, and bee my love,
- 2And we will some new pleasures prove
- Critical Apparatus3Of golden sands, and christall brookes,
- 4With silken lines, and silver hookes.
- 5There will the river whispering runne
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus6Warm'd by thine eyes, more then the Sunne.
- 7And there the'inamor'd fish will stay,
- 8Begging themselves they may betray.
- 9When thou wilt swimme in that live bath,
- 10Each fish, which every channell hath,
- Critical Apparatus11Will amorously to thee swimme,
- 12Gladder to catch thee, then thou him.
- pg 3313If thou, to be so seene, beest loath,
- 14By Sunne, or Moone, thou darknest both,
- Critical Apparatus15And if my selfe have leave to see,
- 16I need not their light, having thee.
- 17Let others freeze with angling reeds,
- Critical Apparatus18And cut their legges, with shells and weeds,
- 19Or treacherously poore fish beset,
- 20With strangling snare, or windowie net:
- Critical Apparatus21Let coarse bold hands, from slimy nest
- Editor’s Note22The bedded fish in banks out-wrest,
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus23Or curious traitors, sleave-silke flies
- 24Bewitch poore fishes wandring eyes.
The Baite. L 74, Dob, A 25, B, S omit. First printed in William Corkine's Second Book of Ayres, 1612. Title from 1635.
3 brookes,] brookes: 1633
6 thine TCD, O'F, HK 2: thy 1633 Σ, Gr
l. 6. In spite of poor manuscript authority I adopt 'thine' as it is in accordance with Donne's practice to avoid the hiatus in 'thy eye'.
11 to] unto O'F, HK 2, Cy, P, JC
15 selfe] heart TC
18 with MSS.: which 1633
21–24 Omit S 96
l. 22. out-wrest: drag out.
23 sleave-silke Σ: with silke Cy, P: sleavesicke 1633
l. 23. curious: exquisitely made.
sleave-silke: silk capable of being 'sleaved', that is, divided into fine filaments to make artificial flies.
25 thou needst] there needs H 40, C 57, H 49, S 96,HK 2,JC
27 catch'd] caught TC, S 96, HK 2, Cy, P