John Donne

1572 - 1631

A Quote by John Donne on death, past, and sleep

One short sleep past, we wake eternally, And Death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Holy Sonnets, No. 10, L 13

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A Quote by John Donne on death and god

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I shall not live 'till I see God; and when I have seen Him, I shall never die.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

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A Quote by John Donne on art, death, and women

Oh do not die, for I shall hate All women so, when thou art gone.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: The Fever, st. 1

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A Quote by John Donne on confession, direction, doubt, earth, fatherhood, justice, losing, men, philosophy, sons, wit, and world

And new philosophy calls all in doubt, The element of fire is quite put out; The sun is lost, and the earth, and no man's wit Can well direct him where to look for it. And freely men confess that this world's spent, When in the planets, and the firmament They seek so many new; then see that this Is crumbled out again to his atomies. 'Tis all in pieces, all coherence gone; All just supply, and all relation: Prince, subject, Father, Son, are things forgot.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: An Anatomy of the World. The First Anniversary [first published 1611,]

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A Quote by John Donne on children, envy, honesty, and past

Goe and catche a falling starre, Get with child a mandrake root, Tell me, where all past yeares are, Or who cleft the Divel's foot. Teach me to hear Mermaides' singing, Or to keep of envies stinging, And finde What winde Serves to advance an honest minde.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Song, "Go and Catch a Falling Star,” St. 1, [original spelling]

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A Quote by John Donne

Though she were true, when you met her, And last, till you write your letter, Yet she Will be False, ere I come, to two, or three.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Song, "Go and Catch a Falling Star,” St. 3

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A Quote by John Donne on life and women

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And swear No where Lives a woman true, and fair.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Song, "Go and Catch a Falling Star,” St. 2

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A Quote by John Donne on change, eternity, joy, and life

. . . Change is the nursery Of musicke, joy, life and eternity.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Change, an Elegy, c.1593-98

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A Quote by John Donne on chastity and disability

Chastity is not chastity in an old man, but a disability to be unchaste.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Sermons, 1619

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A Quote by John Donne on christ, death, discovery, home, joy, lies, love, music, paradise, saints, sermons, soul, and yielding

Since I am coming to that holy room Where, with thy choir of saints for evermore I shall be made thy music, as I come I tune the instrument here at the door, And what I must do then, think here before. Whilst my physicians by their love are grown Cosmographers, and I their map, who lie Flat on this bed, that by them may be shown That this is my southwest discovery, PER FRETUM FEBRIS, by these straits to die, I joy that in these straits I see my west; For though their currents yield return to none, What shall my west hurt me? As west and east In all flat maps (and I am one) are one, So death doth touch the resurrection. Is the Pacific Sea my home? Or are The eastern riches? Is Jerusalem? Anyan, and Magellan, and Gibraltar, All straits, and none but straits, are ways to them, Whether where Japhet dwelt, or Cham, or Shem. We think that Paradise, and Calvary, Christ's cross, and Adam's tree, stood in one place; Look, Lord, and find both Adams met in me; As the first Adam's sweat surrounds my face, May the last Adam's blood my soul embrace. So, in his purple wrapp'd receive me, Lord, By these his thorns give me his other crown; And as to others' souls I preached thy word, Be this my text, my sermon to mine own: "Therefore, that he may raise, the Lord throws down."

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: Hymn to God My God, in My Sickness [written c. 1623 or I63I], St. 1

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