John Donne

Herbert J. C. Grierson (ed.), The Poems of John Donne, Vol. 1: The Text of the Poems with Appendixes

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To Mr R. W.

  • 1MVſe not that by thy mind thy body is led:
  • 2     For by thy mind, my mind's diſtempered.
  • 3So thy Care lives long, for I bearing part
  • 4It eates not only thyne, but my ſwolne hart.
  • 5And when it gives us intermiſſion
  • 6We take new harts for it to feede upon.
  • 7But as a Lay Mans Genius doth controule
  • 8Body and mind; the Muſe beeing the Soules Soule
  • pg 2089Of Poets, that methinks ſhould eaſe our anguiſh,
  • 10Although our bodyes wither and minds languiſh.
  • 11Wright then, that my griefes which thine got may bee
  • 12Cured by thy charming soveraigne melodee.

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