- 1Father of Heaven, and him, by whom
- 2 It, and us for it, and all else, for us
- Critical Apparatus3 Thou mad'st, and govern'st ever, come
- 4And re-create mee, now growne ruinous:
- Editor’s Note5 My heart is by dejection, clay,
- 6 And by selfe-murder, red.
- 7From this red earth, O Father, purge away
- Editor’s Note8All vicious tinctures, that new fashioned
- Critical Apparatus9I may rise up from death, before I'am dead.
3 mad'st] madest 1633
ll. 5–6. My heart is by dejection, clay, &c. Melancholy, the cold and dry humour, corresponds to earth. The clay of his heart is red because by sin we 'wound our soule away'. Cf. 'We are made but men … and man … is but Adam: and Adam is but earth, but red earth, earth dyed red in bloud, … the bloud of our own soules' (Sermons, ix. 49). Donne often refers to the notion that 'Adam' means 'red earth', the Hebrew for 'red' being adom. This interpretation goes back to Jerome.
9 before] ere Dob, O'F