Helen Gardner (ed.), John Donne: The Elegies and The Songs and Sonnets

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The Paradox

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The Paradox. In L 74, TC O'F, S 96,S: omit Σ. Title from 1635.
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ll. 1–6. No true lover talks about his love and no outsider can judge it, for every lover thinks that nobody else can love as he does. Since love kills, nobody can say he did love. The dead do not speak.
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3 nor MSS.: or 1633
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6 yesterday?] yesterday. 1633
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8 cold;] cold 1633 uncorrected
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10 twice,] twice 1633 uncorrected
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l. 10. he that saith twice: he that says we die twice. The syntax of this poem is notably compressed.
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14. lights life L 74, S: lifes light 1633, TC, O'F, S 96
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l. 14. the lights life: the sun, the source of light.
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15 which] which, 1663
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16 behinde,] behinde 1633 uncorrected
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17 lov'd MSS.: love 1633
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20 Love-slaine] Love slaine 1633 uncorrected
lye O'F, S 96: dye 1633, L 74, TC, S
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l. 20. I lye. The point of the jest, that he is merely an epitaph and tomb and the possible pun (that he is still not telling the truth) is lost if we read 'dye' (1633, L 74, TC, S).
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