Herbert J. C. Grierson (ed.), The Poems of John Donne, Vol. 1: The Text of the Poems with Appendixes
- 1LIttle think'ſt thou, poore flower,
- 2 Whom I have watch'd ſixe or ſeaven dayes,
- 3And ſeene thy birth, and ſeene what every houre
- 4Gave to thy growth, thee to this height to raiſe,
- 5And now doſt laugh and triumph on this bough,
- 6 Little think'ſt thou
- 7That it will freeze anon, and that I ſhall
- 8To morrow finde thee falne, or not at all.
- Critical Apparatus9 Little think'ſt thou poore heart
- Critical Apparatus10 That labour'ſt yet to neſtle thee,
- 11And think'ſt by hovering here to get a part
- 12In a forbidden or forbidding tree,
- 13And hop'ſt her ſtiffeneſſe by long ſiege to bow:
- 14 Little think'ſt thou,
- Critical Apparatus15That thou to morrow, ere that Sunne doth wake,
- 16Muſt with this Sunne, and mee a journey take.
- pg 6017 But thou which lov'ſt to bee
- Critical Apparatus18 Subtile to plague thy ſelfe, wilt ſay,
- 19Alas, if you muſt goe, what's that to mee?
- 20Here lyes my buſineſſe, and here I will ſtay:
- 21You goe to friends, whoſe love and meanes preſent
- 22 Various content
- Critical Apparatus23To your eyes, eares, and tongue, and every part.
- Critical Apparatus24If then your body goe, what need you a heart?
- 25 Well then, ſtay here; but know,
- 26 When thou haſt ſtayd and done thy moſt;
- 27A naked thinking heart, that makes no ſhow,
- 28Is to a woman, but a kinde of Ghoſt;
- 29How ſhall ſhee know my heart; or having none,
- 30 Know thee for one?
- 31Practiſe may make her know ſome other part,
- 32But take my word, ſhee doth not know a Heart.
- 33 Meet mee at London, then,
- 34 Twenty dayes hence, and thou ſhalt ſee
- 35Mee freſher, and more fat, by being with men,
- 36Then if I had ſtaid ſtill with her and thee.
- 37For Gods ſake, if you can, be you ſo too:
- Critical Apparatus38 I would give you
- 39There, to another friend, whom wee ſhall finde
- 40As glad to have my body, as my minde.
The Bloſſome. 1633–69, A18, B, D, H49, JC, Lec, N, O'F, S, S96, TCC, TCD: notitle, A25
9–13 poore heart … bow: ] in brackets 1650–69
10 labour'ſt A18, N, TC: laboureſt, 1635–69: labours 1633
15 that Sunne 1633: the Sunne 1635–69
18 wilt] will 1669
23 tongue A18, A25, B, D, H49, JC, Lec, N, O'F, S96, TC: om. S: taſt 1633–69
24 need you a heart? A25, B, D, H49, Lec, N, O'F, S, S96, TC: need you have a heart? JC: need your heart? 1633–69
38 I would A18, A25, B, D, H49, JC, N, O'F, S, S96, TC: I will 1633–69, Lec