The Poetical Works of Dr. John Donne

9781150502927: The Poetical Works of Dr. John Donne
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1855. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... From her example and her virtue, if you In reverence to her do think it due, That no one should her praises thus rehearse, As matter fit for chronicle, not verse; Vouchsafe to call to mind that God did make A last, and lasting'st piece, a song. He spake To Moses to deliver unto all That song, because he knew they would let fall The law, the prophets, and the history, But keep the song still in their memory: Such an opinion in due measure, made Me this great office boldly to invade; Nor could incomprehensiWeness deter Me from thus trying to imprison her; Which when I saw that a strict grave could do, I saw not why verse might not do so too. Verse hath a middle nature; heaven keeps souls, The grave keeps bodies, verse the fame enrolls. A FUNERAL ELEGY. 'Tis loss to trust a tomb with such a guest, Or to confine her in a marble «hest; Alas! what's marble, jet, or porphyry, Prized with the chrysolite of either eye, Or with those pearls and rubies which she was? Join the two Indies in one tomb, 'tis glass; And so is all to her materials, Though every inch were ten Escurials; Yet she's demolished; can we keep her then In works of hands, or of the wits of men? Can these memorials, rags of paper, give Life to that name, by which name they must live? · Sickly, alas! short-lived, abortive be Those carcase verses, whose soul is not she; And can she, who no longer would be she, (Being such a tabernacle) stoop to be In paper wrapt, or, when she would not lie In such an house, dwell in an elegy? But 'tis no matter; we may well allow Verse to live so long as the world will now, For her death wounded it. The world contains Princes for arms, and counsellors for brains; Lawyers for tongues; divines for hearts, and more; The rich for stomachs, and for backs the poor; The...

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