Herbert J. C. Grierson (ed.), The Poems of John Donne, Vol. 1: The Text of the Poems with Appendixes
- Critical Apparatus1MAn to Gods image; Eve, to mans was made,
- 2 Nor finde wee that God breath'd a ſoule in her,
- 3Canons will not Church functions you invade,
- 4 Nor lawes to civill office you preferre.
- 5Who vagrant tranſitory Comets ſees,
- 6 Wonders, becauſe they'are rare; But a new ſtarre
- 7Whoſe motion with the firmament agrees,
- 8 Is miracle; for, there no new things are;
- Critical Apparatus9In woman ſo perchance milde innocence
- 10 A ſeldome comet is, but active good
- 11A miracle, which reaſon ſcapes, and ſenſe;
- 12 For, Art and Nature this in them withſtood.
- Critical Apparatus13As ſuch a ſtarre, the Magi led to view
- Critical Apparatus14 The manger-cradled infant, God below:
- Critical Apparatus15By vertues beames by fame deriv'd from you,
- Critical Apparatus16 May apt ſoules, and the worſt may, vertue know.
- 17If the worlds age, and death be argued well
- 18 By the Sunnes fall, which now towards earth doth bend,
- 19Then we might feare that vertue, ſince ſhe fell
- 20 So low as woman, ſhould be neare her end.
- pg 20221But ſhe's not ſtoop'd, but rais'd; exil'd by men
- Critical Apparatus22 She fled to heaven, that's heavenly things, that's you;
- 23She was in all men, thinly ſcatter'd then,
- Critical Apparatus24 But now amaſs'd, contracted in a few.
- Critical Apparatus25She guilded us: But you are gold, and Shee;
- 26 Us ſhe inform'd, but tranſubſtantiates you;
- 27Soft diſpoſitions which ductile bee,
- 28 Elixarlike, ſhe makes not cleane, but new.
- 29Though you a wifes and mothers name retaine,
- 30 'Tis not as woman, for all are not ſoe,
- 31But vertue having made you vertue,'is faine
- 32 T'adhere in theſe names, her and you to ſhow,
- Critical Apparatus33Elſe, being alike pure, wee ſhould neither ſee;
- 34 As, water being into ayre rarify'd,
- 35Neither appeare, till in one cloud they bee,
- 36 So, for our ſakes you do low names abide;
- Critical Apparatus37Taught by great conſtellations, which being fram'd,
- 38 Of the moſt ſtarres, take low names, Crab, and Bull,
- 39When ſingle planets by the Gods are nam'd,
- 40 You covet not great names, of great things full.
- 41So you, as woman, one doth comprehend,
- Critical Apparatus42 And in the vaile of kindred others ſee;
- Critical Apparatus43To ſome ye are reveal'd, as in a friend,
- 44 And as a vertuous Prince farre off, to mee.
- 45To whom, becauſe from you all vertues flow,
- 46 And 'tis not none, to dare contemplate you,
- Critical Apparatus47I, which doe so, as your true ſubject owe
- Critical Apparatus48 Some tribute for that, ſo theſe lines are due.
- pg 20349If you can thinke theſe flatteries, they are,
- 50 For then your judgement is below my praiſe,
- 51If they were ſo, oft, flatteries worke as farre,
- 52 As Counſels, and as farre th'endeavour raiſe.
- 53So my ill reaching you might there grow good,
- 54 But I remaine a poyſon'd fountaine ſtill;
- Critical Apparatus55But not your beauty, vertue, knowledge, blood
- 56 Are more above all flattery, then my will.
- 57And if I flatter any,'tis not you
- 58 But my owne judgement, who did long agoe
- 59Pronounce, that all theſe praiſes ſhould be true,
- 60 And vertue ſhould your beauty,'and birth outgrow.
- 61Now that my propheſies are all fulfill'd,
- 62 Rather then God ſhould not be honour'd too,
- 63And all theſe gifts confeſs'd, which hee inſtill'd,
- Critical Apparatus64 Your ſelfe were bound to ſay that which I doe.
- 65So I, but your Recorder am in this,
- Critical Apparatus66 Or mouth, or Speaker of the univerſe,
- Critical Apparatus67A miniſteriall Notary, for'tis
- 68 Not I, but you and fame, that make this verſe;
- 69I was your Prophet in your yonger dayes,
- 70And now your Chaplaine, God in you to praiſe.
To the &c. 1633–69, O'F: To the C. of H. N, TCD
1 image;] image, 1633
mans] man 1650–69
9 woman] women 1669
13 the] which 1633
Magi] Magis N, O'F, TCD: compare p. 243, l. 390
14 below: Ed: below. 1633–69
15 beames by … you, 1633 : beames (by … you) 1635–69
16 may, Ed: may 1633–69
22 you; Ed: you, 1633–69
24 amaſs'd, 1633, O'F: a maſſe 1635–69, N, TCD
25–6 But you are gold, and Shee; … tranſubſtantiates you; Ed: But you are gold, and ſhee, … tranſubſtantiates you, 1633 : but you are gold; and she,
Informed us, but tranſubſtantiates you, 1635–69, Chambers (but no comma after and ſhe and colon or full stop after you 1650–69, Chambers)
33 ſee; Ed: ſee, 1633–69
37–9 ( which being … are nam'd ) 1635–69
42 vaile] vale 1669
43 ye 1633 : you 1635–69
47 doe so, 1635–69, O'F: doe N, TCD: to you 1633
48 due.] due, 1633
55 But 1633, N, O'F, TCD: And 1633–69, Chambers
64 that] thar 1633
66 or Speaker 1633 : and Speaker 1635–69
67 Notary,] notary, 1633