John Donne

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Bio

John Donne was born on January 24,1572 in London, England and lived there his hole life. He was a priest and a lawyer. He traveled a lot when he was in the navy. He founded the Metaphysical Poets. He wrote a lot about love and death.He was a very involved Roman Catholic.He died on March 31,1632.

A Burnt Ship: By John Donne

Out of a fired ship, which by no way
But drowning could be rescued from the flame,
Some men leap'd forth, and ever as they came
Near the foes' ships, did by their shot decay;
So all were lost, which in the ship were found,
They in the sea being burnt, they in the burnt ship drown'd.

A Jet Ring: By John Donne

Thou art not so black as my heart,
Nor half so brittle as her heart, thou art ;
What would'st thou say ? shall both our properties by thee be spoke,
—Nothing more endless, nothing sooner broke?

Marriage rings are not of this stuff ;
Oh, why should ought less precious, or less tough
Figure our loves ? except in thy name thou have bid it say,
'—I'm cheap, and nought but fashion ; fling me away.'

Yet stay with me since thou art come,
Circle this finger's top, which didst her thumb ;
Be justly proud, and gladly safe, that thou dost dwell with me ;
She that, O ! broke her faith, would soon break thee.


John Donne

A Lame Begger: By John Donne

I am unable, yonder beggar cries,
To stand, or move; if he say true, he lies.

A Self Accuser: By John Donne

Your mistress, that you follow whores, still taxeth
you ;
'Tis strange that she should thus confess it, though 't be true.