Helen Gardner (ed.), John Donne: The Elegies and The Songs and Sonnets
- Critical Apparatus1Send me some token, that my hope may live,
- 2 Or that my easelesse thoughts may sleep and rest;
- 3Send me some honey to make sweet my hive,
- Critical Apparatus4 That in my passions I may hope the best.
- Critical Apparatus5I beg noe ribbond wrought with thine owne hands,
- 6 To knit our loves in the fantastick straine
- 7Of new-toucht youth; nor Ring to shew the stands
- 8 Of our affection, that as that's round and plaine,
- Critical Apparatus9So should our loves meet in simplicity;
- 10 No, nor the Coralls which thy wrist infold,
- Critical Apparatus11Lac'd up together with congruity,
- Critical Apparatus12 To shew our thoughts should rest in the same hold;
- 13No, nor thy picture, though most gracious,
- Critical Apparatus14 And most desir'd, because best like the best;
- 15Nor witty Lines, which are most copious,
- 16 Within the Writings which thou hast addrest.
- Critical Apparatus17Send me nor this, nor that, t'increase my store,
- 18But swear thou thinkst I love thee, and no more.
Sonnet. The Token. First printed in 1649. MSS.: O'F, S 96; B, Cy, HK 1, P. Title from 1649: Ad Lesbiam S 96.
1 token O'F, S 96, B, HK 1: Tokens 1649, Cy, P
4 passions] passion S 96, HK 1, Gr
5 noe MSS.: nor 1649
9 simplicity;] simplicity. 1649
11 with O'F, S 96, B, HK 1: in 1649, Cy, P, Gr
12 hold;] hold 1649
14 desir'd, because best like the best O'F, S 96, B, HK 1: … because 'tis like … Cy, P: desired 'cause tis like thee best 1649
17 store MSS.: score 1649