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And therefore what thou wert, and who, / I bid love ask, and now / That it assume thy body, I allow, / And fix itself in thy lips, eyes, and brow.
Air and Angels, ll. 11–14.
The Poems of John Donne
Edited by E. K. Chambers
With an Introduction by George Saintsbury
This expertly edited two-volume edition of the master of metaphysical poetry features modernized spellings and extensive notes.
Bibliographic Record    Preface    Introduction    Bibliographical Note
  The Printer to the Understanders
  To The Right Honourable William Lord Craven
  Hexastichon Bibliopolae
  Hexastichon ad Bibliopolam
  To John Donne
Songs and Sonnets
  The Flea
  The Good-Morrow
  Song: Go and catch a falling star
  Woman’s Constancy
  The Undertaking
  The Sun Rising
  The Indifferent
  Love’s Usury
  The Canonization
  The Triple Fool
  Lovers’ Infiniteness
  Song: Sweetest love, I do not go
  The Legacy
  A Fever
  Air and Angels
  Break of Day
  [Another of the same]
  The Anniversary
  A Valediction of my Name, in the Window
  Twickenham Garden
  Valediction to his Book
  Love’s Growth
  Love’s Exchange
  Confined Love
  The Dream
  A Valediction of Weeping
  Love’s Alchemy
  The Curse
  The Message
  A Nocturnal upon St. Lucy’s Day, being the Shortest Day
  Witchcraft by a Picture
  The Bait
  The Apparition
  The Broken Heart
  A Valediction Forbidding Mourning
  The Ecstacy
  Love’s Deity
  Love’s Diet
  The Will
  The Funeral
  The Blossom
  The Primrose
  The Relic
  The Damp
  The Dissolution
  A Jet Ring Sent
  Negative Love
  The Prohibition
  The Expiration
  The Computation
  The Paradox
  Song: Soul’s joy, now I am gone
  Farewell to Love
  A Lecture upon the Shadow
  A Dialogue between Sir Henry Wotton and Mr. Donne
  The Token
Epithalamions, or Marriage Songs
  On the Lady Elizabeth and Count Palatine
  Eclogue: at the Marriage of the Earl of Somerset
  Epithalamion Made at Lincoln’s Inn
I. Jealousy
II. The Anagram
III. Change
IV. The Perfume
V. His Picture
VI. “O, let me not serve so, as those men serve
VII. “Nature’s lay idiot, I taught thee to love
VIII. The Comparison
IX. The Autumnal
X. The Dream
XI. The Bracelet
XII. “Come, Fates; I fear you not!
XIII. His Parting from Her
XIV. Julia
XV. A Tale of a Citizen and his Wife
XVI. The Expostulation
XVII. Elegy on his Mistress
XVIII. “The heavens rejoice in motion
XIX. “Whoever loves, if he do not propose
XX. To his Mistress Going to Bed
Divine Poems
 To the E[arl] of D[oncaster], with Six Holy Sonnets
1. La Corona
2. Annunciation
3. Nativity
4. Temple
5. Crucifying
6. Resurrection
7. Ascension
 To the Lady Magdalen Herbert
    Holy Sonnets
I. “Thou hast made me, and shall Thy work decay?”
II. “As due by many titles I resign
III. “O! might those sighs and tears return again
IV. “O, my black soul, now thou art summoned
V. “I am a little world made cunningly
VI. “This is my play’s last scene; here heavens appoint
VII. “At the round earth’s imagined comers blow
VIII. “If faithful souls be alike glorified
IX. “If poisonous minerals, and if that tree
X. “Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
XI. “Spit in my face, you Jews, and pierce my side
XII. “Why are we by all creatures waited on?”
XIII. “What if this present were the world’s last night?”
XIV. “Batter my heart, three-person’d God
XV. “Wilt thou love God as He thee?”
XVI. “Father, part of His double interest
  The Cross
  Resurrection, Imperfect
  The Annunciation and Passion
  Good Friday, 1613, Riding Westward
  A Litany
  Upon the Translation of the Psalms by Sir Philip Sidney and the Countess of Pembroke, His Sister
  Ode: Vengeance will Sit above our Faults
  To Mr. Tilman after he had Taken Orders
  A Hymn to Christ
  The Lamentations of Jeremy
  Hymn to God, my God, in my Sickness
  A Hymn to God the Father
  To George Herbert
  A Sheaf of Snakes Used heretofore to be my Seal
  Translated out of Gazæus
Notes to Volume I.
Letters to Several Personages
  To Mr. Christopher Brooke: The Storm
  To Mr. Christopher Brooke: The Calm
  To Sir Henry Wotton
  To Sir Henry Goodyere
  To Mr. Rowland Woodward
  To Sir Henry Wotton
  To the Countess of Bedford
  To the Countess of Bedford
  To Sir Edward Herbert
  To the Countess of Bedford
  To the Countess of Bedford, on New Year’s Day
  To the Countess of Huntingdon
  To M[r]. I[zaak] W[alton]
  To M[r]. T. W.
  To M[r]. T. W.
  To M[r]. C[hristopher] B[rooke]
  To M[r]. S[amuel] B[rooke]
  To M[r]. B[asil] B[rooke]
  To M[r]. R[owland] W[oodward]
  To M[r]. I. L.
  To M[r]. I. P.
  To Sir Henry Wotton, at his going Ambassador to Venice
  To M[rs]. M[agdalen] H[erbert]
  To the Countess of Bedford
  To the Countess of Huntingdon
  To the Countess of Bedford
  A Letter to the Lady Carey, and Mistress Essex Rich, from Amiens
  To the Countess of Salisbury
  To the Lady Bedford
  Sappho to Philænis
  To Ben Jonson
  To Sir Tho. Rowe
  De Libro cum mutuaretur: Doctissimo Amicissimoque v. D. D. Andrews
Commendatory Verses
  Upon Mr. Thomas Coryat’s Crudities
  Amicissimo et meritissimo Benj: Jonson: in Volponem
Epicedes and Obsequies upon the Death of Sundry Personages
  Elegy upon the Untimely Death of the Incomparable Prince Henry
  Obsequies of the Lord Harrington
  Elegy on the Lady Markham
  Elegy on Mistress Boulstred
  Elegy on Mistress Boulstred
  Elegy on the L[ord] C[hancellor]
  A Hymn to the Saints, and to Marquis Hamilton
  Elegy on Himself
An Anatomy of the World
    The First Anniversary
  To the Praise of the Dead, and the Anatomy: [By Joseph Hall]
  An Anatomy of the World: The First Anniversary
  A Funeral Elegy
    The Second Anniversary
  The Harbinger to the Progress: [By Joseph Hall]
  An Anatomy of the World; or, the Progress of the Soul: The Second Anniversary
The Progress of the Soul
  The Progress of the Soul: First Song
I. “Away, thou changeling motley humourist
II. “Sir, though—I thank God for it—I do hate
III. Of Religion
IV. “Well; I may now receive, and die
V. “Thou shalt not laugh in this leaf, Muse
VI. “Men write that love and reason disagree
VII. To Sir Nicholas Smyth
Notes to Volume II.
    A. Doubtful Poems
  Love’s War
  On a Flea on his Mistress’s Bosom
  The Portrait
  Love-Sonnet (I.)
  Love-Sonnet (II.)
  A Warning
  To the Young Gentlewomen
  Believe your Glass
  Fortune never Fails
  To Mrs. Boulstred
  To a Painted Lady
  Love’s Power
  Love and Reason
  To a Lady of a Dark Complexion
  Supping Hours
  The Smith
  The Lady and her Viol
  A Paradox
  Sun, Begone
  If She Deride
  Love and Wit
  Dr. Donne’s Farewell to the World
  Notes to Doubtful Poems
    B. Poems hitherto Uncollected
  [To the Blessed Virgin Mary]
  To my Lord of Pembroke
  Of a Lady in the Black Mask
  A Letter written by Sir H[enry] G[oodyere] and J[ohn] D[onne], alternis vicibus
  To the Author [Thomas Coryat]
  In Eundem Macaronicum
  On Friendship
  The Constant Lover
  [An Ideal]
  The Lie
  [True Love]
  Notes to Poems hitherto Uncollected
    C. Spurious Poems
    D. The “Sheaf of Epigrams” of 1652
    E. Ignatius his Conclave
    F. Lines Introductory to Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

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