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

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An Anatomy of the World.The firſt Anniverſary.

  • 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.

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An Anatomy &c. 1611–69
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The ſirst Anniverſary. 1612–69 (First 1612–25): om. 1611
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The entrie &c. 1612–21: om. 1625–33: 1611 and 1635–69 have no notes
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2 Whom 1611, 1612–25, 1669: Who 1633: whõ 1635–54
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5 Deedes 1611, 1612–25: deeds, 1633–69
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6 In-mate 1611–12: Inmate 1621–25 immate 1633 inmate 1635–69
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10 Song, 1611: Song. 1612–33 : Song: 1635–69
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14 then 1611, 1612–39: them 1650–69
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18 ſhee, 1611: ſhee 1612, 1669: shee. 1621–54
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22 care, 1611–21: care. 1625–33
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24 Lethargie] Letargee. 1611, 1612–25
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26 Man. 1611, 1621–25: man. 1633–69
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31 name, 1611, 1612–25: name 1633–69
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33 Font, 1611: Fount, 1612–69
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36 Palace 1611–12, 1621–25: palace 1633–69
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40 times 1611, 1612–33: time 1635–69
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48 law, 1612, 1669: law. 1611, 1621–25: law; 1633–54
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50 glue] give 1650–69
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What life &c. 1612–21: om. 1625–33
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70 walke; 1611, 1612–25: walke, 1633–69
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71 good, 1633: good 1612–25, 1635–69
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75 old world, free, 1611–12, 1633–69: old world, free 1621–25
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79 though] thought 1621–33
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80 home-borne] homborne 1611, 1621–25: homeborne 1633–69
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85 Yet, 1612–25: Yet 1633–69
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The ſickneſſes &c. 1612: The ſickneſſe &c. 1621: The sicknes &c. 1625–33
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89 then] them 1650–69
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99 ruine! Ed: ruine? 1611, 1612–25: ruine, 1633–69
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100 mankinde! Ed: mankinde? 1611, 1612–69
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113 When as, the Sunne and man 1633–39 : no commas 1650–69 : When as the Sunne and man, 1611, 1612–25
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114 ſurvive; 1650–69: ſurvive. 1611, 1612–39
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116 minoritie; 1650–69 : minoritee. 1611, 1621–25: minoritie, 1633–39
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131 Grandſires 1611, 1612–21: Granſires 1625–69
ſorrow, 1611–21: ſorrow. 1625: ſorrow: 1633–69
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133 peaſant 1611, 1612–25: peſant; 1633–69
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134 lives. 1611, 1633: lives 1612: lives, 1621–25
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135 man 1611: man. 1612–25: man, 1633–69
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145 addes 1611–21: adds 1635–69: ads 1625, 1633
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149 ſilver; 1611–12: ſilver 1621–25: ſilver, 1633–69
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150 ſcatter'd] ſcattred 1612–25
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152 bodies, 1611–25: bodies 1633–39
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153 cloſe weaving 1633–69 : cloſe-weaning 1611–12: cloſe weaning 1621–25
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161 Thus man, 1611, 1612–33: This man, 1635–69, Chambers
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166 uſe:] uſe. 1611, 1621–33
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167 t'attend] t'atend 1633
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169 man, 1611: man 1612–69
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171 any thing, 1611–12: any thing; 1621–33
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172 waſt, 1633 : waſt 1611: waſte, 1635–69
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178 Allay 1611, 1612–25: allay 1633–69
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179 Sex; 1611: Sex, 1621–25: Sex: 1633–69
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181 thoughts, 1611–12, 1635–69: thought, 1621–33
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183 Shee, ſhee 1611, 1612–25: She, ſhe 1633–69
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186 no] no no 1621
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188 Religion, 1611, 1650–69: Religion. 1612–25: Religion: 1633–39
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189 Growth 1611: grouth 1612–25: growth 1633–69
withered] whithered 1621–25
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191 Then, 1611, 1621–25: Then 1633–69
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195 Angels, 1612–69 : Angells: 1611
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200 man. 1611, 1612–25: man, 1633–39 : man: 1650–69
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210 Firmament 1611–12: sirmament 1621–69
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212 Atomies.] Atomis. 1611, 1612–25
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213 cohaerence 1611, 1612–25: coherence 1633–69
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217 then 1611, 1612–69: there Grosart, who with Chambers attributes to 1669
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223 invented] innented 1621
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228 copies, 1633–69 : copies; 1611–12: copies 1621–25
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229 Fate; 1612–69 : Fate: 1611
breſt 1611: breſt: 1612–25: breaſt, 1633
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230 West Indies, 1611: West-Indies, 1621–69 Eaſt; 1611: Eaſt, 1621–69
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234 money, 1611–21: money 1625–69
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237 knowſt 1611: knoweſt 1612–69: and so in 238
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237 this,] this 1633–35
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238 is. 1611, 1612–33: is, 1635–69
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244 contrould,] contrould. 1611, 1612–25
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251 Sphericall, 1650–69: Sphericall 1611, 1612–39
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252 all. 1611, 1612–25: all, 1633–69
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257 forme: 1633–69: forme. 1611, 1612–25
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258 ſheires, 1633–35: ſheeres, 1611,1612–25: ſhieres, 1639–69
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267 Tropiques 1611, 1612–25: tropiques 1633–69
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273 with] of 1635–69
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284 pace.] peace. 1612–33
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286 Tenarif, 1611, 1612–25: Tenarus 1633–69
Hill 1611, 1612–25: hill 1633–69
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288 there, 1611, 1612–21: there 1625–69
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289 ſtrooke 1611, 1612–25: ſtrucke 1633–69
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290 to morrow, 1611, 1612–25: to morrow 1633–69
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295 Vault 1611, 1612–25: vault 1633–69
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298 straight] strait 1611–25
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300 pock-holes] pockholes 1633–69
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301 th'earth?] th'earth; 1633
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306 beauties beſt, proportion, 1611, 1612–39: beauty's beſt proportion Chambers: 1650–69 drop the second comma
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313 infer, 1611–12: infer. 1621–25: infer 1633–69
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318 proportions 1611–12: proportion 1621–69
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321 Elements, 1611–12: Elements 1621–69
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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
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326 knowſt 1611, 1612–25: knoweſt 1633–69
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336 Deformitee. 1611, 1612–25: deformitie. 1633–69
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351 inow, 1611, 1612–25: enough, 1633: enow, 1635–69
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352 allow.] allow, 1621–33
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366 Diaphanous, 1611, 1612–25: diaphanous, 1633–69
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369 Shee, ſhee, 1611, 1612–25 (shee 1625): She, ſhe 1633–69 (but Shee, 1633, in pass-over word)
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370 knowſt 1611: knoweſt 1621–69
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374 vanitie, to thinke 1633–69: vanity to think, 1611, 1612–25
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379–80 feele this, … barren is. 1611, 1612–69: feele this. … barren is; Chambers. See note
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383 Th'Ayre 1611, 1612–21: Th'ayre 1625–69
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387 Th'Ayre 1611: Th'ayre 1612–69
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390 Mages] No change of type, 1611–12
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394 Charme, 1611–21: Charme 1625–54
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404 Aſhes 1611, 1612–25: aſhes 1633–69
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407 Swan, 1611, 1612–25: ſwan, 1633–69
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415 Impreſſions 1611: Impreſſion 1612–25: impreſſion 1633–69
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416 But, 1611: But 1621–69
Receivers 1611–12: rest no capital
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421 have] have, 1633
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427 is dead;] is dead, 1633–69 ſhee's dead; 1611–25: ſhe's dead; 1633–69
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431 nothing] no thing 1611–21
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442 they're] thy're 1633
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443 And, 1611, 1612–25: and, 1633–69
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467 (in due meaſure) 1611, 1612–25 (but 1625 drops second bracket): commas 1633–69
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468 Office 1611, 1612–25: office 1633–69
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473 nature: 1611–25: nature, 1633–69
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