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Helen Gardner (ed.), John Donne: The Elegies and The Songs and Sonnets

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Confined Love

  • 1Some man unworthy to be possessor
  • 2Of old or new love, himselfe being false or weake,
  • Critical Apparatus3  Thought his paine and shame would be lesser,
  • 4If on womankind he might his anger wreake,
  • 5         And thence a law did grow,
  • Critical Apparatus6         One should but one man know;
  • 7         But are other creatures so?
  • 8  Are Sunne, Moone, or Starres by law forbidden,
  • 9To smile where they list, or lend away their light?
  • 10  Are birds divorc'd, or are they chidden
  • 11If they leave their mate, or lie abroad a night?
  • pg 35Critical Apparatus12         Beasts doe no joyntures lose
  • Critical Apparatus13         Though they new lovers choose,
  • 14         But we are made worse then those.
  • 15  Who e'r rigg'd faire ship to lie in harbors,
  • 16And not to seeke new lands, or not to deale withall?
  • Critical Apparatus17  Or built fair houses, set trees, and arbours,
  • 18Only to lock up, or else to let them fall?
  • 19         Good is not good, unlesse
  • 20         A thousand it possesse,
  • 21         But doth wast with greedinesse.

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Confined Love. H 40, S 96, A 25 omit. Title from 1635: To ye worthiest of all my Lovers Cy: To the worthiest of all my lov my virtuous Mrs P.
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Breake of Day. Cy omits. First printed in William Corkine's Second Book of Ayres, 1612. Title from 1633, TC.
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3 lesser] the lesser Dob, HK 2, Cy, P, JC
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6 should MSS.: might 1633, Gr
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12 doe] did C 57, H 49, TC, Dob, HK 2, Cy, P, S
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13 choose] chose TCD, Dob, P, B
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17 built] build C 57, H 49, TC
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