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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
John Donne
78. Hymne to GOD my GOD, in my sicknesse
SINCE I am comming to that Holy roome, 
  Where, with thy Quire of Saints for evermore, 
I shall be made thy Musique; As I come 
  I tune the Instrument here at the dore, 
  And what I must doe then, thinke here before.         5
Whilst my Physitians by their love are growne 
  Cosmographers, and I their Mapp, who lie 
Flat on this bed, that by them may be showne 
  That this is my South-west discoverie 
  Per fretum febris, by these streights to die,  10
I joy, that in these straits, I see my West; 
  For, though theire currants yeeld returne to none, 
What shall my West hurt me? As West and East 
  In all flatt Maps (and I am one) are one, 
  So death doth touch the Resurrection.  15
Is the Pacifique Sea my home? Or are 
  The Easterne riches? Is Ierusalem? 
Anyan, and Magellan, and Gibraltare, 
  All streights, and none but streights, are wayes to them, 
  Whether where Iaphet dwelt, or Cham, or Sem.  20
We thinke that Paradise and Calvarie, 
  Christs Crosse, and Adams tree, stood in one place; 
Looke Lord, and finde both Adams met in me; 
  As the first Adams sweat surrounds my face, 
  May the last Adams blood my soule embrace.  25
So, in his purple wrapp'd receive mee Lord, 
  By these his thornes give me his other Crowne; 
And as to others soules I preach'd thy word, 
  Be this my Text, my Sermon to mine owne, 
  Therfore that he may raise the Lord throws down.  30

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