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Herbert J. C. Grierson (ed.), The Poems of John Donne, Vol. 1: The Text of the Poems with Appendixes

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II.To the Counteſſe of Huntington.

  • 1THat unripe ſide of earth, that heavy clime
  • Critical Apparatus2    That gives us man up now, like Adams time
  • Critical Apparatus3Before he ate; mans ſhape, that would yet bee
  • 4(Knew they not it, and fear'd beaſts companie)
  • 5So naked at this day, as though man there
  • 6From Paradiſe ſo great a diſtance were,
  • 7As yet the newes could not arrived bee
  • 8Of Adams taſting the forbidden tree;
  • 9Depriv'd of that free ſtate which they were in,
  • 10And wanting the reward, yet beare the ſinne.
  • pg 418Critical Apparatus11  But, as from extreme hights who downward looks,
  • 12Sees men at childrens ſhapes, Rivers at brookes,
  • 13And loſeth younger formes; ſo, to your eye,
  • Critical Apparatus14Theſe (Madame) that without your diſtance lie,
  • 15Must either miſt, or nothing ſeeme to be,
  • 16Who are at home but wits mere Atomi.
  • Critical Apparatus17But, I who can behold them move, and ſtay,
  • 18Have found my ſelfe to you, juſt their midway;
  • 19And now muſt pitty them; for, as they doe
  • Critical Apparatus20Seeme ſick to me, juſt ſo must I to you.
  • 21Yet neither will I vexe your eyes to ſee
  • 22A ſighing Ode, nor croſſe-arm'd Elegie.
  • 23I come not to call pitty from your heart,
  • 24Like ſome white-liver'd dotard that would part
  • 25Elſe from his ſlipperie ſoule with a faint groane,
  • Critical Apparatus26And faithfully, (without you ſmil'd) were gone.
  • 27I cannot feele the tempeſt of a frowne,
  • Critical Apparatus28I may be rais'd by love, but not throwne down.
  • 29Though I can pittie thoſe ſigh twice a day,
  • Critical Apparatus30I hate that thing whiſpers it ſelfe away.
  • Critical Apparatus31Yet ſince all love is fever, who to trees
  • Critical Apparatus32Doth talke, doth yet in loves cold ague freeze.
  • 33'Tis love, but, with ſuch fatall weakneſſe made,
  • 34That it deſtroyes it ſelfe with its owne ſhade.
  • Critical Apparatus35Who firſt look'd ſad, griev'd, pin'd, and ſhew'd his paine,
  • Critical Apparatus36Was he that firſt taught women, to diſdaine.
  • Critical Apparatus37 As all things were one nothing, dull and weake,
  • 38Vntill this raw diſordered heape did breake,
  • 39And ſeverall deſires led parts away,
  • 40Water declin'd with earth, the ayre did ſtay,
  • 41Fire roſe, and each from other but unty'd,
  • 42Themſelves unpriſon'd were and purify'd:
  • pg 41943So was love, firſt in vaſt confuſion hid,
  • 44An unripe willingneſſe which nothing did,
  • 45A thirſt, an Appetite which had no eaſe,
  • 46That found a want, but knew not what would pleaſe.
  • Critical Apparatus47What pretty innocence in thoſe dayes mov'd?
  • 48Man ignorantly walk'd by her he lov'd;
  • 49Both ſigh'd and enterchang'd a ſpeaking eye,
  • Critical Apparatus50Both trembled and were ſick, both knew not why.
  • 51That naturall fearefulneſſe that ſtruck man dumbe,
  • Critical Apparatus52Might well (thoſe times conſider'd) man become.
  • 53As all diſcoverers whoſe firſt aſſay
  • 54Findes but the place, after, the neareſt way:
  • 55So paſſion is to womans love, about,
  • 56Nay, farther off, than when we firſt ſet out.
  • Critical Apparatus57It is not love that ſueth, or doth contend;
  • 58Love either conquers, or but meets a friend.
  • 59Man's better part conſiſts of purer fire,
  • 60And findes it ſelfe allow'd, ere it deſire.
  • 61Love is wiſe here, keepes home, gives reaſon ſway,
  • 62And journeys not till it finde ſummer-way.
  • 63A weather-beaten Lover but once knowne,
  • 64Is ſport for every girle to practiſe on.
  • Critical Apparatus65Who ſtrives through womans ſcornes, women to know,
  • 66Is loſt, and ſeekes his ſhadow to outgoe;
  • Critical Apparatus67It muſt bee ſickneſſe, after one diſdaine,
  • 68Though he be call'd aloud, to looke againe.
  • Critical Apparatus69Let others ſigh, and grieve; one cunning ſleight
  • 70Shall freeze my Love to Chriſtall in a night.
  • 71I can love firſt, and (if I winne) love ſtill;
  • 72And cannot be remov'd, unleſſe she will.
  • 73It is her fault if I unſure remaine,
  • Critical Apparatus74Shee onely can untie, and binde againe.
  • pg 42075The honeſties of love with eaſe I doe,
  • Critical Apparatus76But am no porter for a tedious woo.
  • Critical Apparatus77 But (madame) I now thinke on you; and here
  • Critical Apparatus78Where we are at our hights, you but appeare,
  • Critical Apparatus79We are but clouds you riſe from, our noone-ray
  • 80But a foule ſhadow, not your breake of day.
  • Critical Apparatus81You are at firſt hand all that's faire and right,
  • 82And others good reſlects but backe your light.
  • Critical Apparatus83You are a perfectneſſe, ſo curious hit,
  • Critical Apparatus84That youngeſt ſlatteries doe ſcandall it.
  • 85For, what is more doth what you are reſtraine,
  • Critical Apparatus86And though beyond, is downe the hill againe.
  • Critical Apparatus87We'have no next way to you, we croſſe to it:
  • Critical Apparatus88You are the ſtraight line, thing prais'd, attribute;
  • 89Each good in you's a light; ſo many a ſhade
  • 90You make, and in them are your motions made.
  • Critical Apparatus91Theſe are your pictures to the life. From farre
  • 92We ſee you move, and here your Zani's are:
  • 93So that no fountaine good there is, doth grow
  • 94In you, but our dimme actions faintly ſhew.
  • 95  Then finde I, if mans nobleſt part be love,
  • 96Your pureſt luſter muſt that ſhadow move.
  • 97The ſoule with body, is a heaven combin'd
  • Critical Apparatus98With earth, and for mans eaſe, but nearer joyn'd.
  • Critical Apparatus99Where thoughts the ſtarres of ſoule we underſtand,
  • 100We gueſſe not their large natures, but command.
  • 101And love in you, that bountie is of light,
  • 102That gives to all, and yet hath inſinite.
  • 103Whoſe heat doth force us thither to intend,
  • 104But ſoule we finde too earthly to aſcend,
  • pg 421Critical Apparatus105'Till ſlow acceſſe hath made it wholy pure,
  • Critical Apparatus106Able immortall clearneſſe to endure.
  • 107Who dare aſpire this journey with a ſtaine,
  • Critical Apparatus108Hath waight will force him headlong backe againe.
  • Critical Apparatus109No more can impure man retaine and move
  • 110In that pure region of a worthy love:
  • 111Then earthly ſubſtance can unforc'd aſpire,
  • 112And leave his nature to converſe with fire:
  • 113Such may have eye, and hand; may ſigh, may ſpeak;
  • Critical Apparatus114But like ſwoln bubles, when they are high'ſt they break.
  • Critical Apparatus115 Though far removed Northerne fleets ſcarce finde
  • Critical Apparatus116The Sunnes comfort; others thinke him too kinde.
  • 117There is an equall distance from her eye,
  • 118Men periſh too farre off, and burne too nigh.
  • Critical Apparatus119But as ayre takes the Sunne-beames equall bright
  • Critical Apparatus120From the firſt Rayes, to his laſt oppoſite:
  • Critical Apparatus121So able men, bleſt with a vertuous Love,
  • 122Remote or neare, or howſoe'r they move;
  • Critical Apparatus123Their vertue breakes all clouds that might annoy,
  • 124There is no Emptineſſe, but all is Ioy.
  • Critical Apparatus125He much profanes whom violent heats do move
  • Critical Apparatus126To ſtile his wandring rage of paſſion, Love:
  • Critical Apparatus127Love that imparts in every thing delight,
  • Critical Apparatus128Is fain'd, which only tempts mans appetite.
  • 129Why love among the vertues is not knowne
  • Critical Apparatus130Is, that love is them all contract in one.

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To the Countesse of Huntington. 1635–69: Sr Wal: Ashiton to ye Counteſſe of Huntingtowne P, TCD (II)
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2 man] men P
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3 ate; 1635–39 : eat; 1650–69
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11 downward] inward TCD
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14 without] om. TCD
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17 who] that P, TCD
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20 you.] you, 1635–69
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26 faithfully, 1635–69: sinally P, TCD
you ſmil'd 635–54: your ſmile 1669, P, TCD
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28 down. 1635–54 : down, 1669
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30 whiſpers] whiſpered P: vapours TCD
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31 fever] feverish 1669
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32 doth yet] yet doth 1669
ague] feaver P
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35 paine,] paine. 1635–39
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36 women] woman TCD
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37 were one] were but one 1669
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47 thoſe dayes] that day 1669
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50 both knew 1635–54: but knew P, TCD: yet, knew 1669
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52 conſider'd Ed: conſidered 1635–69
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57 ſueth, or] ſues and P
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65 womans] womens P
women] woman TCD
know, 1650–69 : know, 1635–59
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67 It muſt be] It is meer 1669
ſickneſſe,] ſickneſſe 1635–69
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69 sigh P, TCD: sinne, 1635–69
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74 and P: I 1635–69, TCD
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76 woo. TCD: wooe. P: woe. 1635–69, Chambers and Grolier
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77 I now] now I TCD
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78 hights] height TCD
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79 clouds you rise from, our noone-ray Grolier: clouds, you riſe from our noone-ray, 1635–69, TCD, and Chambers
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81 right] bright P
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83 a perfectneſſe] all perfections P
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84 youngeſt] quainteſt TCD
flatteries] flatterers P, TCD
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86 though] what's P
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87 We'have Ed: We have 1635–69
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88 ſtraight line,] ſtreight-lace P
attribute; Ed: attribute. 1635 : attribute, 1639–69
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91 Theſe] Thoſe TCD
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98 With earth] om.TCD
but] om. 1650–69
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99 thoughts] through P
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105 wholy] holy TCD
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106 endure.] endure 1635
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108 waight] weights P, TCD
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109 impure] vapore P
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114 when they're higheſt break. P, TCD
break.] break 1635–39: brak 1650–54: brake. 1669
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115 In edd. new par. begins wrongly at 113, and so Chambers and Grolier
fleets] Isles 1669
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116 comfort; 1635–54 : sweet comfort, 1669
others] yet some 1669
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119 But as the aire takes all ſunbeams equall bright P
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120 the ſirst Rayes, 1635–54: the Raies ſirst, 1669,TCD: the riſe first P
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121 able men P : able man, 1635–54 : happy man, 1669 : happy['s] man Grosart and Chambers
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123 Their 1669, P, TCD: There 1635–54, Chambers and Grolier
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125 violent P, TCD: valiant 1635–69
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126 Love: Ed: Love. 1635–54 : Love, 1669
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127 imparts] imports 1669, TCD
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128 Is fain'd, which … appetite . P: Is thought the manſion of ſweet appetite. TCD: Is fancied 1635–39 (rest of line left blank): Is fancied in the Soul, not in the ſight. 1650–54: Is fancied by the Soul, not appetite. 1669
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130 Is, that] Is, 'cauſe TCD contract in 1650–69, P:
contracted 1635–39, TCD
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