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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Sonnetsday 37

If we're being technical, the following is not a sonnet. It does, however, come from John Donne's Songs and Sonnets (1633), so I'm going to include it. It's a lesser-known Donne poem, but powerful as Donne poems tend to be.

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        Strozzi. Lute Player. 1630-35.

                     SONG.
              by John Donne

SOUL'S joy, now I am gone,
              And you alone,
              —Which cannot be,
Since I must leave myself with thee,
       And carry thee with me—
       Yet when unto our eyes
              Absence denies
              Each other's sight,
And makes to us a constant night,
    When others change to light ;
              O give no way to grief,
              But let belief
                  Of mutual love
              This wonder to the vulgar prove,
                  Our bodies, not we move.


Let not thy wit beweep
              Words but sense deep ;
              For when we miss
By distance our hope's joining bliss,
       Even then our souls shall kiss ;
       Fools have no means to meet,
              But by their feet ;
              Why should our clay
Over our spirits so much sway,
    To tie us to that way?
              O give no way to grief,
              But let belief
                  Of mutual love
              This wonder to the vulgar prove,
                  Our bodies, not we move.


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2 Comments:

Blogger LadyMin said...

Beautiful. I love sonnets. I am planning to do a text H2H soon, about sonnets in iambic pentameter, would you care to join it then? I could pm you. That reminds me that I don't know your worthian nickname to pm you.

John Donne is amazing. *sigh*

May 10, 2007 6:33 AM  
Blogger Anniina said...

I'd love to. I dunno what my nickname is either, it's been so long and the comp I had then, died. I'll try to find it and I'll let you know.

May 11, 2007 12:45 PM  

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