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Herbert J. C. Grierson (ed.), The Poems of John Donne, Vol. 1: The Text of the Poems with Appendixes
- 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.
To the Countesse of Huntington. 1635–69: Sr Wal: Ashiton to ye Counteſſe of Huntingtowne P, TCD (II)
2 man] men P
3 ate; 1635–39 : eat; 1650–69
11 downward] inward TCD
14 without] om. TCD
17 who] that P, TCD
20 you.] you, 1635–69
26 faithfully, 1635–69: sinally P, TCD
you ſmil'd 635–54: your ſmile 1669, P, TCD
28 down. 1635–54 : down, 1669
30 whiſpers] whiſpered P: vapours TCD
31 fever] feverish 1669
32 doth yet] yet doth 1669
ague] feaver P
35 paine,] paine. 1635–39
36 women] woman TCD
37 were one] were but one 1669
47 thoſe dayes] that day 1669
50 both knew 1635–54: but knew P, TCD: yet, knew 1669
52 conſider'd Ed: conſidered 1635–69
57 ſueth, or] ſues and P
65 womans] womens P
women] woman TCD
know, 1650–69 : know, 1635–59
67 It muſt be] It is meer 1669
ſickneſſe,] ſickneſſe 1635–69
69 sigh P, TCD: sinne, 1635–69
74 and P: I 1635–69, TCD
76 woo. TCD: wooe. P: woe. 1635–69, Chambers and Grolier
77 I now] now I TCD
78 hights] height TCD
79 clouds you rise from, our noone-ray Grolier: clouds, you riſe from our noone-ray, 1635–69, TCD, and Chambers
81 right] bright P
83 a perfectneſſe] all perfections P
84 youngeſt] quainteſt TCD
flatteries] flatterers P, TCD
86 though] what's P
87 We'have Ed: We have 1635–69
88 ſtraight line,] ſtreight-lace P
attribute; Ed: attribute. 1635 : attribute, 1639–69
91 Theſe] Thoſe TCD
98 With earth] om.TCD
but] om. 1650–69
99 thoughts] through P
105 wholy] holy TCD
106 endure.] endure 1635
108 waight] weights P, TCD
109 impure] vapore P
114 when they're higheſt break. P, TCD
break.] break 1635–39: brak 1650–54: brake. 1669
115 In edd. new par. begins wrongly at 113, and so Chambers and Grolier
fleets] Isles 1669
116 comfort; 1635–54 : sweet comfort, 1669
others] yet some 1669
119 But as the aire takes all ſunbeams equall bright P
120 the ſirst Rayes, 1635–54: the Raies ſirst, 1669,TCD: the riſe first P
121 able men P : able man, 1635–54 : happy man, 1669 : happy['s] man Grosart and Chambers
123 Their 1669, P, TCD: There 1635–54, Chambers and Grolier
125 violent P, TCD: valiant 1635–69
126 Love: Ed: Love. 1635–54 : Love, 1669
127 imparts] imports 1669, TCD
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
130 Is, that] Is, 'cauſe TCD contract in 1650–69, P:
contracted 1635–39, TCD