Wednesday, 21 March 2012

The Good Morrow

This has been my favourite poem since I was eighteen, I have been known to recite this poem or many occasions (my party piece) and I thought I'd share it with you...

by John Donne

I WONDER by my troth, what thou and I
Did, till we loved ? were we not wean'd till then ?
But suck'd on country pleasures, childishly ?
Or snorted we in the Seven Sleepers' den ?
'Twas so ; but this, all pleasures fancies be ;
If ever any beauty I did see,
Which I desired, and got, 'twas but a dream of thee.

And now good-morrow to our waking souls,
Which watch not one another out of fear ;
For love all love of other sights controls,
And makes one little room an everywhere.
Let sea-discoverers to new worlds have gone ;
Let maps to other, worlds on worlds have shown ;
Let us possess one world ; each hath one, and is one.

My face in thine eye, thine in mine appears,
And true plain hearts do in the faces rest ;
Where can we find two better hemispheres
Without sharp north, without declining west ?
Whatever dies, was not mix'd equally ;
If our two loves be one, or thou and I
Love so alike that none can slacken, none can die.

 What's your favourite poem? X


  1. Hey, found your blog via Tea For Joy - said you're new but I think you're doing very well. My favourite poem is In Country Sleep by Dylan Thomas...

  2. Thanks Ben, nice of cousin Lynne to give me a plug, thanks for stopping by :) I read In Country Sleep, it reads just like a fairy tale.

  3. Nice blog. I'm on a bit of a mission to get my favorite classic poem up in to my top ten posts so it shows on the sidebar. So it would be great if you would have a look. Ozymandias


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