Herbert J. C. Grierson (ed.), The Poems of John Donne, Vol. 1: The Text of the Poems with Appendixes
- 1FYe, Fye you ſonnes of Pallas what madd rage
- 2 Makes you contend that Love's, or God, or page?
- Critical Apparatus3Hee that admires, his weaknes doth confeſs;
- 4For as Love greater growes; ſoe hee growes leſs.
- Critical Apparatus5Hee that diſdaines, what honor wynns thereby,
- Critical Apparatus6That he feeles not, or triumphes on a fly?
- 7If love with queaſie paine thy ſtomack move,
- 8Soe will a ſlutt whome none dare touch; or love.
- 9If it with ſacred ſtraines doe thee inſpire
- 10Of Poetrie; ſoe wee maye want admire.
- 11If it thee valiant make, his ryvall hate
- 12Can out doe that and make men deſperate.
- 13Yealdinge to us, all woemen conquer us,
- 14By gentlenes we are betrayed thus.
- 15We will not ſtrive with Love that's a ſhee beaſte;
- 16But playinge wee are bounde, and yeald in Jeſt;
- 17As in a Cobwebb toyle, a ſlye hath beene
- 18Undone; ſo have I ſome fainte lover ſeene.
- Critical Apparatus19Love cannot take away our ſtrength, but tame,
- 20And wee leſs feele the thinge then feare the name;
- pg 43621Love is a temperate bath; hee that feeles more
- 22Heate or could there, was hott, or could before.
- 23But as Suñ beames which would but noriſhe, burne,
- 24Drawne into hollow Chriſtall, ſoe we turne
- 25To fire her bewties Luſtre willingly,
- 26By gatheringe it in our falſe treacherous eye.
- Critical Apparatus27Love is nor you, nor you; but I a balme,
- 28Sword to the ſtiff, unto the wounded balme.
- 29Prayes noe thinge adds, if it be infinite,
- 30If it be nothing, who can leſſen it?
To my Lord of Pembroke. A25, Chambers
3 confeſs; Ed: confeſs A25
5 diſdaines, Ed: diſdaines A25
6 fly? Ed: fly; A25
19 tame, Ed: tame A25
27 I a balme, A25 : Aye a calm, Chambers conjectures