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John Donne

Helen Gardner (ed.), John Donne: The Divine Poems (Second Edition)

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  • 1Batter my heart, three person'd God; for, you
  • 2     As yet but knocke, breathe, shine, and seeke to mend;
  • 3That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrow mee,'and bend
  • 4Your force, to breake, blowe, burn and make me new.
  • 5I, like an usurpt towne, to'another due,
  • 6Labour to'admit you, but Oh, to no end,
  • 7Reason your viceroy in mee, mee should defend,
  • 8But is captiv'd, and proves weake or untrue,
  • Critical Apparatus9Yet dearely'I love you, and would be lov'd faine,
  • 10But am betroth'd unto your enemie,
  • 11Divorce mee,'untie, or breake that knot againe,
  • 12Take mee to you, imprison mee, for I
  • 13Except you'enthrall mee, never shall be free,
  • 14Nor ever chast, except you ravish mee. (XIV)

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10. Dob omits.
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9 and] 'and 1633, Gr.
lov'd] loved MSS., Gr: see note
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