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Herbert J. C. Grierson (ed.), The Poems of John Donne, Vol. 1: The Text of the Poems with Appendixes
- 1WHat if I come to my miſtris bedd
- 2The candles all ecclipſt from ſhyninge,
- 3Shall I then attempt for her mayden-head
- 4 Or ſhowe my ſelfe a coward by declyninge?
- 5 Oh noe
- 6 Fie doe not ſoe,
- 7 For thus much I knowe by devyninge,
- 8 Blynd is Love
- 9 The dark it doth approve,
- pg 454Critical Apparatus10 To pray on pleasures pantinge;
- 11 What needeth light
- 12 For Cupid in the night,
- 13 If jealous eyes be wantinge.
- Critical Apparatus14Fortune never failes, if ſhe badd take place,
- 15 To ſhroude all the faire proceedings:
- 16Love and ſhe though blynd, yet each other embrace,
- 17 To favor all their ſervants meetings:
- 18 Venture I ſay
- Critical Apparatus19 To ſport and to play,
- 20 If in place all be fitting;
- 21 Though ſhe ſay fie
- 22 Yet doth ſhe not denie:
- 23 For ſie is but a word of tryall:
- 24 Jealosie doth ſleepe,
- 25 Then doe not weepe
- Critical Apparatus26 At force of a faynt denyall.
- 27Glorious is my love, with tryumphs in her face,
- Critical Apparatus28 Then to to bould were I to venter:
- Critical Apparatus29Who loves deſerves to live in a princes grace,
- 30 Why ſtand you then affraid to enter?
- 31 Lights are all out
- 32 Then make noe doubt
- Critical Apparatus33 A lover bouldly maye take chuſinge.
- 34 Bewtie is a baite
- 35 For a princely mate.
- 36 Fy, why ſtand you then a muſinge?
- 37 You'll repent too late
- 38 If ſhe doe you hate,
- 39 For loves delight refuſinge.
⟨Fortune Never Fails.⟩ Grosart: no title, RP31, S: also, Chambers reports, in C.C.C. Oxon. MS. 327, f. 21: printed Grosart and Chambers, and, last two verses only, Simeon
10 pantinge;] hauntinge: RP31
14 ſhe badd S : ſhe bidd Grosart: she bids Chambers: the bould RP31
19 and to play RP31, S: and play Grosart and Chambers
26 faynt] fair Chambers
28 were] was RP31
29 princes] Princess Chambers
33 lover] woer Chambers
chusinge] a choosing Chambers