Sir John Roe, John Donne
Herbert J. C. Grierson (ed.), The Poems of John Donne, Vol. 1: The Text of the Poems with Appendixes
- 1THe State and mens affaires are the beſt playes
- Critical Apparatus2 Next yours; 'Tis nor more nor leſſe than due praiſe.
- 3Write, but touch not the much deſcending race
- 4Of Lords houſes, ſo ſettled in worths place,
- Critical Apparatus5As but themſelves none thinke them uſurpers.
- 6It is no fault in thee to ſuffer theirs.
- 7If the Queene Maſque, or King a hunting goe,
- 8Though all the Court ſollow, Let them. We know
- 9Like them in goodneſſe that Court ne'r will be,
- 10For that were vertue, and not ſlatterie.
- Critical Apparatus11Forget we were thruſt out; It is but thus,
- 12God threatens Kings, Kings Lords, as Lords doe us.
- 13Iudge of ſtrangers, Truſt and believe your friend,
- 14And ſo me; And when I true friendſhip end,
- Critical Apparatus15With guilty conſcience let me be worſe stonge,
- 16Then with Pophams ſentence theeves, or Cookes tongue
- 17Traitors are. Friends are our ſelves. This I thee tell
- Critical Apparatus18As to my friend, and to my ſelfe as Counſell;
- 19Let for a while the times unthrifty rout
- 20Contemne learning, and all your ſtudies ſlout.
- 21Let them ſcorne Hell, they will a Sergeant feare,
- Critical Apparatus22More then wee that, ere long God may forbeare,
- 23But Creditors will not. Let them increaſe
- Critical Apparatus24In riot and exceſſe as their meanes ceaſe;
- 25Let them ſcorne him that made them, and ſtill ſhun
- 26His Grace, but love the whore who hath undone
- 27Them and their ſoules. But; that they that allow
- pg 415Critical Apparatus28But one God, ſhould have religions enow
- Critical Apparatus29For the Queens Maſque, and their husbands, far more
- Critical Apparatus30Then all the Gentiles knew, or Atlas bore!
- 31Well, let all paſſe, and truſt him who nor cracks
- 32The bruiſed Reed, nor quencheth ſmoaking ſlaxe.
To Ben. Iohnſon, 6 Ian. 1603. 1635–69, O'F: To Ben Johnſon 6 Jan: 1603 T.R. B: An Epiſtle to Ben Johnſon. Sr J: R: H40: An Epiſtle to Beniamin Johnſon. RP31: An Epiſtle: To Mr Ben. Johnſon. Ja: 6: 1603 L74: To Mr Ben Johnſon.S
2 yours; Ed: yours, 1635–69
nor more] noe more L74
5 none thinke] none can thinke 1669
11 out; Ed: out. 1635–69
15 ſtonge, L74 : spelt stũg, 1635
18 as Counſell;] is Counſell: 1635–54
22 More then wee that; Ed: More then wee that H40, L74: More then wee them; that, 1635–69 (them inital. l635–54)
24 ceaſe; Ed: ceaſe, 1635–69
28 enow H40, L74: enough 1635–69
29 far L74: for 1635–69, H40
30 bore! Ed: bore? H40: bore. 1635–69, L74