Herbert J. C. Grierson (ed.), The Poems of John Donne, Vol. 1: The Text of the Poems with Appendixes
- 1WHen that rich Soule which to her heaven is gone, The entrie into the worke.
- Critical Apparatus2 Whom all do celebrate, who know they have one,
- 3(For who is ſure he hath a Soule, unleſſe
- 4It ſee, and judge, and follow worthineſſe,
- Critical Apparatus5And by Deedes praiſe it? hee who doth not this,
- Critical Apparatus6May lodge an ln-mate ſoule, but 'tis not his.)
- 7When that Queene ended here her progreſſe time,
- 8And, as t'her ſtanding houſe to heaven did climbe,
- 9Where loath to make the Saints attend her long,
- Critical Apparatus10She's now a part both of the Quire, and Song,
- 11This World, in that great earthquake languiſhed;
- 12For in a common bath of teares it bled,
- 13Which drew the ſtrongeſt vitall ſpirits out:
- Critical Apparatus14But fuccour'd then with a perplexed doubt,
- 15Whether the world did loſe, or gaine in this,
- 16(Becauſe ſince now no other way there is,
- pg 23217But goodneſſe, to ſee her, whom all would ſee,
- Critical Apparatus18All muſt endeavour to be good as ſhee,)
- 19This great conſumption to a fever turn'd,
- 20And ſo the world had fits; it joy'd, it mourn'd;
- 21And, as men thinke, that Agues phyſick are,
- Critical Apparatus22And th'Ague being ſpent, give over care,
- 23So thou ſicke World, miſtak'ſt thy ſelfe to bee
- Critical Apparatus24Well, when alas, thou'rt in a Lethargie.
- 25Her death did wound and tame thee than, and than
- Critical Apparatus26Thou might'ſt have better ſpar'd the Sunne, or Man.
- 27That wound was deep, but 'tis more miſery,
- 28That thou haſt loſt thy ſenſe and memory.
- 29'Twas heavy then to heare thy voyce of mone,
- 30But this is worſe, that thou art ſpeechleſſe growne.
- Critical Apparatus31Thou haſt forgot thy name, thou hadſt; thou waſt
- 32Nothing but ſhee, and her thou haſt o'rpaſt.
- Critical Apparatus33For as a child kept from the Font, untill
- 34A prince, expected long, come to fulfill
- 35The ceremonies, thou unnam'd had'ſt laid,
- Critical Apparatus36Had not her comming, thee her Palace made:
- 37Her name defin'd thee, gave thee forme, and frame,
- 38And thou forgett'ſt to celebrate thy name.
- 39Some moneths ſhe hath beene dead (but being dead,
- Critical Apparatus40Meaſures of times are all determined)
- 41But long ſhe'ath beene away, long, long, yet none
- 42Offers to tell us who it is that's gone.
- 43But as in ſtates doubtfull of future heires,
- 44When ſickneſſe without remedie empaires
- 45The preſent Prince, they're loth it ſhould be ſaid,
- 46The Prince doth languiſh, or the Prince is dead:
- 47So mankinde feeling now a generall thaw,
- Critical Apparatus48A ſtrong example gone, equall to law,
- 49The Cyment which did faithfully compact,
- Critical Apparatus50And glue all vertues, now reſolv'd, and ſlack'd,
- pg 23351Thought it ſome blaſphemy to ſay ſh'was dead,
- 52Or that our weakneſſe was diſcovered
- 53In that confeſſion; therefore ſpoke no more
- 54Then tongues, the Soule being gone, the loſſe deplore.
- 55But though it be too late to ſuccour thee,
- 56Sicke World, yea, dead, yea putrified, ſince ſhee
- 57Thy'intrinſique balme, and thy preſervative,
- 58Can never be renew'd, thou never live,
- 59I (ſince no man can make thee live) will try,
- 60What wee may gaine by thy Anatomy.
- 61Her death hath taught us dearely, that thou art
- 62Corrupt and mortall in thy pureſt part.
- 63Let no man ſay, the world it ſelfe being dead,
- 64'Tis labour loſt to have diſcovered
- 65The worlds infirmities, ſince there is none
- 66Alive to ſtudy this diſſection;
- 67For there's a kinde of World remaining ſtill, What life the world hath ſtil.
- 68Though ſhee which did inanimate and fill
- 69The world, be gone, yet in this laſt long night,
- Critical Apparatus70Her Ghoſt doth walke; that is, a glimmering light,
- Critical Apparatus71A faint weake love of vertue, and of good,
- 72Reflects from her, on them which underſtood
- 73Her worth; and though ſhe have ſhut in all day,
- 74The twilight of her memory doth ſtay;
- Critical Apparatus75Which, from the carcaſſe of the old world, free,
- 76Creates a new world, and new creatures bee
- 77Produc'd: the matter and the ſtuffe of this,
- 78Her vertue, and the forme our practice is:
- Critical Apparatus79And though to be thus elemented, arme
- Critical Apparatus80Theſe creatures, from home-borne intrinſique harme,
- 81(For all aſſum'd unto this dignitie,
- 82So many weedleſſe Paradiſes bee,
- 83Which of themſelves produce no venemous ſinne,
- 84Except ſome forraine Serpent bring it in)
- pg 234Critical Apparatus85Yet, becauſe outward ſtormes the ſtrongeſt breake,
- 86And ſtrength it ſelfe by confidence growes weake,
- 87This new world may be ſafer, being told
- 88 The ſickneſſes of the World The dangers and diſeaſes of the old:
- Critical Apparatus89For with due temper men doe then forgoe,
- 90Or covet things, when they their true worth know.
- 91 Impoſſibility of health There is no health; Phyſitians ſay that wee,
- 92At beſt, enjoy but a neutralitie.
- 93And can there bee worſe ſickneſſe, then to know
- 94That we are never well, nor can be ſo?
- 95Wee are borne ruinous: poore mothers cry,
- 96That children come not right, nor orderly;
- 97Except they headlong come and fall upon
- 98An ominous precipitation.
- Critical Apparatus99How witty's ruine! how importunate
- Critical Apparatus100Upon mankinde! it labour'd to fruſtrate
- 101Even Gods purpoſe; and made woman, ſent
- 102For mans reliefe, cauſe of his languiſhment.
- 103They were to good ends, and they are ſo ſtill,
- 104But acceſſory, and principall in ill;
- 105For that firſt marriage was our funerall:
- 106One woman at one blow, then kill'd us all,
- 107And ſingly, one by one, they kill us now.
- 108We doe delightfully our ſelves allow
- 109To that conſumption; and profuſely blinde,
- 110Wee kill our ſelves to propagate our kinde.
- 111And yet we do not that; we are not men:
- 112There is not now that mankinde, which was then,
- Critical Apparatus113When as, the Sunne and man did ſeeme to ſtrive,
- Critical Apparatus114 Shortneſſe of life. (Joynt tenants of the world) who ſhould ſurvive;
- 115When, Stagge, and Raven, and the long-liv'd tree,
- Critical Apparatus116Compar'd with man, dy'd in minoritie;
- pg 235117When, if a ſlow pac'd ſtarre had ſtolne away
- 118From the obſervers marking, he might ſtay
- 119Two or three hundred yeares to ſee't againe,
- 120And then make up his obſervation plaine;
- 121When, as the age was long, the ſiſe was great;
- 122Mans growth confeſs'd, and recompenc'd the meat;
- 123So ſpacious and large, that every Soule
- 124Did a faire Kingdome, and large Realme controule:
- 125And when the very ſtature, thus erect,
- 126Did that ſoule a good way towards heaven direct.
- 127Where is this mankinde now? who lives to age,
- 128Fit to be made Methuſalem his page?
- 129Alas, we ſcarce live long enough to try
- 130Whether a true made clocke run right, or lie.
- Critical Apparatus131Old Grandſires talke of yeſterday with ſorrow,
- 132And for our children wee reſerve to morrow.
- Critical Apparatus133So ſhort is life, that every peaſant ſtrives,
- Critical Apparatus134In a torne houſe, or field, to have three lives.
- Critical Apparatus135And as in laſting, ſo in length is man
- 136Contracted to an inch, who was a ſpanne; Smalneſſe of ſtature.
- 137For had a man at firſt in forreſts ſtray'd,
- 138Or ſhipwrack'd in the Sea, one would have laid
- 139A wager, that an Elephant, or Whale,
- 140That met him, would not haſtily aſſaile
- 141A thing ſo equall to him: now alas,
- 142The Fairies, and the Pigmies well may paſſe
- 143As credible; mankinde decayes ſo ſoone,
- 144We'are ſcarce our Fathers ſhadowes caſt at noone:
- Critical Apparatus145Onely death addes t'our length: nor are wee growne
- 146In ſtature to be men, till we are none.
- 147But this were light, did our leſſe volume hold
- 148All the old Text; or had wee chang'd to gold
- Critical Apparatus149Their ſilver; or diſpos'd into leſſe glaſſe
- Critical Apparatus150Spirits of vertue, which then ſcatter'd was.
- pg 236151But 'tis not ſo: w'are not retir'd, but dampt;
- Critical Apparatus152And as our bodies, ſo our mindes are crampt:
- Critical Apparatus153'Tis ſhrinking, not cloſe weaving that hath thus,
- 154In minde, and body both bedwarfed us.
- 155Wee ſeeme ambitious, Gods whole worke t'undoe;
- 156Of nothing hee made us, and we ſtrive too,
- 157To bring our ſelves to nothing backe; and wee
- 158Doe what wee can, to do't ſo ſoone as hee.
- 159With new diſeaſes on our ſelves we warre,
- 160And with new Phyſicke, a worſe Engin farre.
- Critical Apparatus161Thus man, this worlds Vice-Emperour, in whom
- 162All faculties, all graces are at home;
- 163And if in other creatures they appeare,
- 164They're but mans Miniſters, and Legats there,
- 165To worke on their rebellions, and reduce
- Critical Apparatus166Them to Civility, and to mans uſe:
- Critical Apparatus167This man, whom God did wooe, and loth t'attend
- 168Till man came up, did downe to man deſcend,
- Critical Apparatus169This man, ſo great, that all that is, is his,
- 170Oh what a trifle, and poore thing he is!
- Critical Apparatus171If man were any thing, he's nothing now:
- Critical Apparatus172Helpe, or at leaſt ſome time to waſt, allow
- 173T'his other wants, yet when he did depart
- 174With her whom we lament, hee loſt his heart.
- 175She, of whom th'Ancients ſeem'd to propheſie,
- 176When they call'd vertues by the name of ſhee;
- 177Shee in whom vertue was ſo much refin'd,
- Critical Apparatus178That for Allay unto ſo pure a minde
- Critical Apparatus179Shee tooke the weaker Sex; ſhee that could drive
- 180The poyſonous tincture, and the ſtaine of Eve,
- Critical Apparatus181Out of her thoughts, and deeds; and purifie
- 182All, by a true religious Alchymie;
- pg 237Critical Apparatus183Shee, ſhee is dead; ſhee's dead: when thou knoweſt this,
- 184Thou knoweſt how poore a trifling thing man is.
- 185And learn'ſt thus much by our Anatomie,
- Critical Apparatus186The heart being periſh'd, no part can be free.
- 187And that except thou feed (not banquet) on
- Critical Apparatus188The ſupernaturall food, Religion,
- Critical Apparatus189Thy better Growth growes withered, and ſcant;
- 190Be more then man, or thou'rt leſſe then an Ant.
- Critical Apparatus191Then, as mankinde, ſo is the worlds whole frame
- 192Quite out of joynt, almoſt created lame:
- 193For, before God had made up all the reſt,
- 194Corruption entred, and deprav'd the beſt:
- Critical Apparatus195It ſeis'd the Angels, and then firſt of all
- 196The world did in her cradle take a fall,
- 197And turn'd her braines, and tooke a generall maime,
- 198Wronging each joynt of th'univerſall frame.
- 199The nobleſt part, man, felt it firſt; and than
- Critical Apparatus200Both beaſts and plants, curſt in the curſe of man. Decay of nature in other parts.
- 201So did the world from the firſt houre decay,
- 202That evening was beginning of the day,
- 203And now the Springs and Sommers which we ſee,
- 204Like ſonnes of women after fiftie bee.
- 205And new Philoſophy calls all in doubt,
- 206The Element of fire is quite put out;
- 207The Sun is loſt, and th'earth, and no mans wit
- 208Can well direct him where to looke for it.
- 209And freely men confeſſe that this world's ſpent,
- Critical Apparatus210When in the Planets, and the Firmament
- 211They ſeeke ſo many new; they ſee that this
- Critical Apparatus212Is crumbled out againe to his Atomies.
- Critical Apparatus213'Tis all in peeces, all cohaerence gone;
- 214All juſt ſupply, and all Relation:
- pg 238215Prince, Subject, Father, Sonne, are things forgot,
- 216For every man alone thinkes he hath got
- Critical Apparatus217To be a Phœnix, and that then can bee
- 218None of that kinde, of which he is, but hee.
- 219This is the worlds condition now, and now
- 220She that ſhould all parts to reunion bow,
- 221She that had all Magnetique force alone,
- 222To draw, and faſten ſundred parts in one;
- Critical Apparatus223She whom wiſe nature had invented then
- 224When ſhe obſerv'd that every ſort of men
- 225Did in their voyage in this worlds Sea ſtray,
- 226And needed a new compaſſe for their way;
- 227She that was beſt, and firſt originall
- Critical Apparatus228Of all faire copies, and the generall
- Critical Apparatus229Steward to Fate; ſhe whoſe rich eyes, and breſt
- Critical Apparatus230Guilt the Weſt Indies, and perfum'd the Eaſt;
- 231Whoſe having breath'd in this world, did beſtow
- 232Spice on thoſe Iles, and bad them ſtill ſmell ſo,
- 233And that rich Indie which doth gold interre,
- Critical Apparatus234Is but as ſingle money, coyn'd from her:
- 235She to whom this world muſt it ſelfe refer,
- 236As Suburbs, or the Microcoſme of her,
- Critical Apparatus237Shee, ſhee is dead; ſhee's dead: when thou knowſt this,
- Critical Apparatus238Thou knowſt how lame a cripple this world is.
- 239And learn'ſt thus much by our Anatomy,
- 240That this worlds generall ſickeneſſe doth not lie
- 241In any humour, or one certaine part;
- 242But as thou ſaweſt it rotten at the heart,
- 243Thou ſeeſt a Hectique feaver hath got hold
- Critical Apparatus244Of the whole ſubſtance, not to be contrould,
- 245And that thou haſt but one way, not t'admit
- 246The worlds infection, to be none of it.
- 247For the worlds ſubtilſt immateriall parts
- pg 239248Feele this conſuming wound, and ages darts.
- 249For the worlds beauty is decai'd, or gone,
- 250Beauty, that's colour, and proportion. Disformity of parts.
- Critical Apparatus251We thinke the heavens enjoy their Sphericall,
- Critical Apparatus252Their round proportion embracing all.
- 253But yet their various and perplexed courſe,
- 254Obſerv'd in divers ages, doth enforce
- 255Men to finde out ſo many Eccentrique parts,
- 256Such divers downe-right lines, ſuch overthwarts,
- Critical Apparatus257As diſproportion that pure forme: It teares
- Critical Apparatus258The Firmament in eight and forty ſheires,
- 259And in theſe Conſtellations then ariſe
- 260New ſtarres, and old doe vaniſh from our eyes:
- 261As though heav'n ſuffered earthquakes, peace or war,
- 262When new Towers riſe, and old demoliſh't are.
- 263They have impal'd within a Zodiake
- 264The free-borne Sun, and keepe twelve Signes awake
- 265To watch his ſteps; the Goat and Crab controule,
- 266And fright him backe, who elſe to either Pole
- Critical Apparatus267(Did not theſe Tropiques fetter him) might runne:
- 268For his courſe is not round; nor can the Sunne
- 269Perſit a Circle, or maintaine his way
- 270One inch direct; but where he roſe to-day
- 271He comes no more, but with a couzening line,
- 272Steales by that point, and ſo is Serpentine:
- Critical Apparatus273And ſeeming weary with his reeling thus,
- 274He meanes to ſleepe, being now falne nearer us.
- 275So, of the Starres which boaſt that they doe runne
- 276In Circle ſtill, none ends where he begun.
- 277All their proportion's lame, it ſinkes, it ſwels.
- 278For of Meridians, and Parallels,
- 279Man hath weav'd out a net, and this net throwne
- 280Upon the Heavens, and now they are his owne.
- 281Loth to goe up the hill, or labour thus
- 282To goe to heaven, we make heaven come to us.
- 283We ſpur, we reine the ſtarres, and in their race
- pg 240Critical Apparatus284They're diverſly content t'obey our pace.
- 285But keepes the earth her round proportion ſtill?
- Critical Apparatus286Doth not a Tenarif, or higher Hill
- 287Riſe ſo high like a Rocke, that one might thinke
- Critical Apparatus288The floating Moone would ſhipwracke there, and ſinke?
- Critical Apparatus289Seas are ſo deepe, that Whales being ſtrooke to day,
- Critical Apparatus290Perchance to morrow, ſcarſe at middle way
- 291Of their wiſh'd journies end, the bottome, die.
- 292And men, to ſound depths, ſo much line untie,
- 293As one might juſtly thinke, that there would riſe
- 294At end thereof, one of th'Antipodies:
- Critical Apparatus295If under all, a Vault infernall bee,
- 296(Which ſure is ſpacious, except that we
- 297Invent another torment, that there muſt
- Critical Apparatus298Millions into a ſtraight hot roome be thruſt)
- 299Then ſolidneſſe, and roundneſſe have no place.
- Critical Apparatus300Are theſe but warts, and pock-holes in the face
- Critical Apparatus301Of th'earth? Thinke ſo: but yet confeſſe, in this
- 302The worlds proportion disfigured is;
- Diſorder in the world. 303That thoſe two legges whereon it doth rely,
- 304Reward and puniſhment are bent awry.
- 305And, Oh, it can no more be queſtioned,
- Critical Apparatus306That beauties beſt, proportion, is dead,
- 307Since even griefe it ſelfe, which now alone
- 308Is left us, is without proportion.
- 309Shee by whoſe lines proportion ſhould bee
- 310Examin'd, meaſure of all Symmetree,
- 311Whom had that Ancient ſeen, who thought ſoules made
- 312Of Harmony, he would at next have ſaid
- Critical Apparatus313That Harmony was ſhee, and thence infer,
- 314That ſoules were but Reſultances from her,
- 315And did from her into our bodies goe,
- pg 241316As to our eyes, the formes from objects flow:
- 317Shee, who if thoſe great Doctors truly ſaid
- Critical Apparatus318That the Arke to mans proportions was made,
- 319Had been a type for that, as that might be
- 320A type of her in this, that contrary
- Critical Apparatus321Both Elements, and Paſſions liv'd at peace
- 322In her, who caus'd all Civill war to ceaſe.
- 323Shee, after whom, what forme ſo'er we ſee,
- 324Is diſcord, and rude incongruitie;
- Critical Apparatus325Shee, ſhee is dead, ſhee's dead; when thou knowſt this
- Critical Apparatus326Thou knowſt how ugly a monſter this world is:
- 327And learn'ſt thus much by our Anatomie,
- 328That here is nothing to enamour thee:
- 329And that, not only faults in inward parts,
- 330Corruptions in our braines, or in our hearts,
- 331Poyſoning the fountaines, whence our actions ſpring,
- 332Endanger us: but that if every thing
- 333Be not done fitly'and in proportion,
- 334To ſatisfie wiſe, and good lookers on,
- 335(Since moſt men be ſuch as moſt thinke they bee)
- Critical Apparatus336They're lothſome too, by this Deformitee.
- 337For good, and well, muſt in our actions meete;
- 338Wicked is not much worſe than indiſcreet.
- 339But beauties other ſecond Element,
- 340Colour, and luſtre now, is as neere ſpent.
- 341And had the world his juſt proportion,
- 342Were it a ring ſtill, yet the ſtone is gone.
- 343As a compaſſionate Turcoyſe which doth tell
- 344By looking pale, the wearer is not well,
- 345As gold falls ſicke being ſtung with Mercury,
- 346All the worlds parts of ſuch complexion bee.
- 347When nature was moſt buſie, the firſt weeke,
- 348Swadling the new borne earth, God ſeem'd to like
- 349That ſhe ſhould ſport her ſelfe ſometimes, and play,
- pg 242350To mingle, and vary colours every day:
- Critical Apparatus351And then, as though ſhee could not make inow,
- Critical Apparatus352Himſelfe his various Rainbow did allow.
- 353Sight is the nobleſt ſenſe of any one,
- 354Yet ſight hath only colour to feed on,
- 355And colour is decai'd: ſummers robe growes
- 356Duskie, and like an oft dyed garment ſhowes.
- 357Our bluſhing red, which us'd in cheekes to ſpred,
- 358Is inward ſunke, and only our ſoules are red.
- 359Perchance the world might have recovered,
- 360If ſhe whom we lament had not beene dead:
- 361But ſhee, in whom all white, and red, and blew
- 362(Beauties ingredients) voluntary grew,
- 363As in an unvext Paradiſe; from whom
- 364Did all things verdure, and their luſtre come,
- 365Whoſe compoſition was miraculous,
- Critical Apparatus366Being all colour, all Diaphanous,
- 367(For Ayre, and Fire but thick groſſe bodies were,
- 368And livelieſt ſtones but drowſie, and pale to her,)
- Critical Apparatus369Shee, ſhee, is dead; ſhee's dead: when thou know'ſt this,
- Critical Apparatus370Thou knowſt how wan a Ghoſt this our world is:
- 371And learn'ſt thus much by our Anatomie,
- 372That it ſhould more affright, then pleasure thee.
- 373And that, ſince all faire colour then did ſinke,
- Critical Apparatus374'Tis now but wicked vanitie, to thinke
- Weakneſſe in the want of correſpondence of heaven and earth. 375To colour vicious deeds with good pretence,
- 376Or with bought colors to illude mens ſenſe.
- 377Nor in ought more this worlds decay appeares,
- 378Then that her influence the heav'n forbeares,
- Critical Apparatus379Or that the Elements doe not feele this,
- 380The father, or the mother barren is.
- 381The cloudes conceive not raine, or doe not powre,
- 382In the due birth time, downe the balmy ſhowre;
- pg 243Critical Apparatus383Th'Ayre doth not motherly ſit on the earth,
- 384To hatch her ſeaſons, and give all things birth;
- 385Spring-times were common cradles, but are tombes;
- 386And falſe-conceptions fill the generall wombes;
- Critical Apparatus387Th'Ayre ſhowes ſuch Meteors, as none can ſee,
- 388Not only what they meane, but what they bee;
- 389Earth ſuch new wormes, as would have troubled much
- Critical Apparatus390Th'Ægyptian Mages to have made more ſuch.
- 391What Artiſt now dares boaſt that he can bring
- 392Heaven hither, or conſtellate any thing,
- 393So as the influence of thoſe ſtarres may bee
- Critical Apparatus394Impriſon'd in an Hearbe, or Charme, or Tree,
- 395And doe by touch, all which thoſe ſtars could doe?
- 396The art is loſt, and correſpondence too.
- 397For heaven gives little, and the earth takes leſſe,
- 398And man leaſt knowes their trade and purpoſes.
- 399If this commerce twixt heaven and earth were not
- 400Embarr'd, and all this traffique quite forgot,
- 401She, for whoſe loſſe we have lamented thus,
- 402Would worke more fully, and pow'rfully on us:
- 403Since herbes, and roots, by dying loſe not all,
- Critical Apparatus404But they, yea Aſhes too, are medicinall,
- 405Death could not quench her vertue ſo, but that
- 406It would be (if not follow'd) wondred at:
- Critical Apparatus407And all the world would be one dying Swan,
- 408To ſing her funerall praiſe, and vaniſh than.
- 409But as ſome Serpents poyſon hurteth not,
- 410Except it be from the live Serpent ſhot,
- 411So doth her vertue need her here, to fit
- 412That unto us; ſhee working more then it.
- 413But ſhee, in whom to ſuch maturity
- 414Vertue was growne, paſt growth, that it muſt die;
- Critical Apparatus415She, from whoſe influence all Impreſſions came,
- Critical Apparatus416But, by Receivers impotencies, lame,
- pg 244417Who, though ſhe could not tranſubſtantiate
- 418All ſtates to gold, yet guilded every ſtate,
- 419So that ſome Princes have ſome temperance;
- 420Some Counſellers ſome purpoſe to advance
- Critical Apparatus421The common profit; and ſome people have
- 422Some ſtay, no more then Kings ſhould give, to crave;
- 423Some women have ſome taciturnity,
- 424Some nunneries ſome graines of chaſtitie.
- 425She that did thus much, and much more could doe,
- 426But that our age was Iron, and ruſtie too,
- Critical Apparatus427Shee, ſhee is dead; ſhee's dead; when thou knowſt this,
- 428Thou knowſt how drie a Cinder this world is.
- 429And learn'ſt thus much by our Anatomy,
- 430That 'tis in vaine to dew, or mollifie
- Critical Apparatus431It with thy teares, or ſweat, or blood: nothing
- 432Is worth our travaile, griefe, or periſhing,
- 433But thoſe rich joyes, which did poſſeſſe her heart,
- 434Of which ſhe's now partaker, and a part.
- Concluſion. 435But as in cutting up a man that's dead,
- 436The body will not laſt out, to have read
- 437On every part, and therefore men direct
- 438Their ſpeech to parts, that are of moſt effect;
- 439So the worlds carcaſſe would not laſt, if I
- 440Were punctuall in this Anatomy;
- 441Nor ſmels it well to hearers, if one tell
- Critical Apparatus442Them their diſeaſe, who faine would think they're well.
- Critical Apparatus443Here therefore be the end: And, bleſſed maid,
- 444Of whom is meant what ever hath been ſaid,
- 445Or ſhall be ſpoken well by any tongue,
- 446Whoſe name refines courſe lines, and makes proſe ſong,
- 447Accept this tribute, and his firſt yeares rent,
- 448Who till his darke ſhort tapers end be ſpent,
- 449As oft as thy feaſt ſees this widowed earth,
- 450Will yearely celebrate thy ſecond birth,
- 451That is, thy death; for though the ſoule of man
- 452Be got when man is made, 'tis borne but than
- pg 245453When man doth die; our body's as the wombe,
- 454And, as a Mid-wife, death directs it home.
- 455And you her creatures, whom ſhe workes upon,
- 456And have your laſt, and beſt concoction
- 457From her example, and her vertue, if you
- 458In reverence to her, do thinke it due,
- 459That no one ſhould her praiſes thus rehearſe,
- 460As matter fit for Chronicle, not verſe;
- 461Vouchſafe to call to minde that God did make
- 462A laſt, and laſting'ſt peece, a ſong. He ſpake
- 463To Moſes to deliver unto all,
- 464That ſong, becauſe hee knew they would let fall
- 465The Law, the Prophets, and the Hiſtory,
- 466But keepe the ſong ſtill in their memory:
- Critical Apparatus467Such an opinion (in due meaſure) made
- Critical Apparatus468Me this great Office boldly to invade:
- 469Nor could incomprehenſibleneſſe deterre
- 470Mee, from thus trying to empriſon her,
- 471Which when I ſaw that a ſtrict grave could doe,
- 472I ſaw not why verſe might not do ſo too.
- Critical Apparatus473Verſe hath a middle nature: heaven keepes Soules,
- 474The Grave keepes bodies, Verſe the Fame enroules.
An Anatomy &c. 1611–69
The ſirst Anniverſary. 1612–69 (First 1612–25): om. 1611
The entrie &c. 1612–21: om. 1625–33: 1611 and 1635–69 have no notes
2 Whom 1611, 1612–25, 1669: Who 1633: whõ 1635–54
5 Deedes 1611, 1612–25: deeds, 1633–69
6 In-mate 1611–12: Inmate 1621–25 immate 1633 inmate 1635–69
10 Song, 1611: Song. 1612–33 : Song: 1635–69
14 then 1611, 1612–39: them 1650–69
18 ſhee, 1611: ſhee 1612, 1669: shee. 1621–54
22 care, 1611–21: care. 1625–33
24 Lethargie] Letargee. 1611, 1612–25
26 Man. 1611, 1621–25: man. 1633–69
31 name, 1611, 1612–25: name 1633–69
33 Font, 1611: Fount, 1612–69
36 Palace 1611–12, 1621–25: palace 1633–69
40 times 1611, 1612–33: time 1635–69
48 law, 1612, 1669: law. 1611, 1621–25: law; 1633–54
50 glue] give 1650–69
What life &c. 1612–21: om. 1625–33
70 walke; 1611, 1612–25: walke, 1633–69
71 good, 1633: good 1612–25, 1635–69
75 old world, free, 1611–12, 1633–69: old world, free 1621–25
79 though] thought 1621–33
80 home-borne] homborne 1611, 1621–25: homeborne 1633–69
85 Yet, 1612–25: Yet 1633–69
The ſickneſſes &c. 1612: The ſickneſſe &c. 1621: The sicknes &c. 1625–33
89 then] them 1650–69
99 ruine! Ed: ruine? 1611, 1612–25: ruine, 1633–69
100 mankinde! Ed: mankinde? 1611, 1612–69
113 When as, the Sunne and man 1633–39 : no commas 1650–69 : When as the Sunne and man, 1611, 1612–25
114 ſurvive; 1650–69: ſurvive. 1611, 1612–39
116 minoritie; 1650–69 : minoritee. 1611, 1621–25: minoritie, 1633–39
131 Grandſires 1611, 1612–21: Granſires 1625–69
ſorrow, 1611–21: ſorrow. 1625: ſorrow: 1633–69
133 peaſant 1611, 1612–25: peſant; 1633–69
134 lives. 1611, 1633: lives 1612: lives, 1621–25
135 man 1611: man. 1612–25: man, 1633–69
145 addes 1611–21: adds 1635–69: ads 1625, 1633
149 ſilver; 1611–12: ſilver 1621–25: ſilver, 1633–69
150 ſcatter'd] ſcattred 1612–25
152 bodies, 1611–25: bodies 1633–39
153 cloſe weaving 1633–69 : cloſe-weaning 1611–12: cloſe weaning 1621–25
161 Thus man, 1611, 1612–33: This man, 1635–69, Chambers
166 uſe:] uſe. 1611, 1621–33
167 t'attend] t'atend 1633
169 man, 1611: man 1612–69
171 any thing, 1611–12: any thing; 1621–33
172 waſt, 1633 : waſt 1611: waſte, 1635–69
178 Allay 1611, 1612–25: allay 1633–69
179 Sex; 1611: Sex, 1621–25: Sex: 1633–69
181 thoughts, 1611–12, 1635–69: thought, 1621–33
183 Shee, ſhee 1611, 1612–25: She, ſhe 1633–69
186 no] no no 1621
188 Religion, 1611, 1650–69: Religion. 1612–25: Religion: 1633–39
189 Growth 1611: grouth 1612–25: growth 1633–69
withered] whithered 1621–25
191 Then, 1611, 1621–25: Then 1633–69
195 Angels, 1612–69 : Angells: 1611
200 man. 1611, 1612–25: man, 1633–39 : man: 1650–69
210 Firmament 1611–12: sirmament 1621–69
212 Atomies.] Atomis. 1611, 1612–25
213 cohaerence 1611, 1612–25: coherence 1633–69
217 then 1611, 1612–69: there Grosart, who with Chambers attributes to 1669
223 invented] innented 1621
228 copies, 1633–69 : copies; 1611–12: copies 1621–25
229 Fate; 1612–69 : Fate: 1611
breſt 1611: breſt: 1612–25: breaſt, 1633
230 West Indies, 1611: West-Indies, 1621–69 Eaſt; 1611: Eaſt, 1621–69
234 money, 1611–21: money 1625–69
237 knowſt 1611: knoweſt 1612–69: and so in 238
237 this,] this 1633–35
238 is. 1611, 1612–33: is, 1635–69
244 contrould,] contrould. 1611, 1612–25
251 Sphericall, 1650–69: Sphericall 1611, 1612–39
252 all. 1611, 1612–25: all, 1633–69
257 forme: 1633–69: forme. 1611, 1612–25
258 ſheires, 1633–35: ſheeres, 1611,1612–25: ſhieres, 1639–69
267 Tropiques 1611, 1612–25: tropiques 1633–69
273 with] of 1635–69
284 pace.] peace. 1612–33
286 Tenarif, 1611, 1612–25: Tenarus 1633–69
Hill 1611, 1612–25: hill 1633–69
288 there, 1611, 1612–21: there 1625–69
289 ſtrooke 1611, 1612–25: ſtrucke 1633–69
290 to morrow, 1611, 1612–25: to morrow 1633–69
295 Vault 1611, 1612–25: vault 1633–69
298 straight] strait 1611–25
300 pock-holes] pockholes 1633–69
301 th'earth?] th'earth; 1633
306 beauties beſt, proportion, 1611, 1612–39: beauty's beſt proportion Chambers: 1650–69 drop the second comma
313 infer, 1611–12: infer. 1621–25: infer 1633–69
318 proportions 1611–12: proportion 1621–69
321 Elements, 1611–12: Elements 1621–69
325 Shee, ſhee 1611, 1612–25: She, ſhe 1633–69
ſhee's] ſhe's 1633–69
knowſt 1611: knoweſt 1612–25: know'st 1633–69
326 knowſt 1611, 1612–25: knoweſt 1633–69
336 Deformitee. 1611, 1612–25: deformitie. 1633–69
351 inow, 1611, 1612–25: enough, 1633: enow, 1635–69
352 allow.] allow, 1621–33
366 Diaphanous, 1611, 1612–25: diaphanous, 1633–69
369 Shee, ſhee, 1611, 1612–25 (shee 1625): She, ſhe 1633–69 (but Shee, 1633, in pass-over word)
370 knowſt 1611: knoweſt 1621–69
374 vanitie, to thinke 1633–69: vanity to think, 1611, 1612–25
379–80 feele this, … barren is. 1611, 1612–69: feele this. … barren is; Chambers. See note
383 Th'Ayre 1611, 1612–21: Th'ayre 1625–69
387 Th'Ayre 1611: Th'ayre 1612–69
390 Mages] No change of type, 1611–12
394 Charme, 1611–21: Charme 1625–54
404 Aſhes 1611, 1612–25: aſhes 1633–69
407 Swan, 1611, 1612–25: ſwan, 1633–69
415 Impreſſions 1611: Impreſſion 1612–25: impreſſion 1633–69
416 But, 1611: But 1621–69
Receivers 1611–12: rest no capital
421 have] have, 1633
427 is dead;] is dead, 1633–69 ſhee's dead; 1611–25: ſhe's dead; 1633–69
431 nothing] no thing 1611–21
442 they're] thy're 1633
443 And, 1611, 1612–25: and, 1633–69
467 (in due meaſure) 1611, 1612–25 (but 1625 drops second bracket): commas 1633–69
468 Office 1611, 1612–25: office 1633–69
473 nature: 1611–25: nature, 1633–69