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The Complete Poems of John Donne

1st Edition

Edited by Robin Robbins


1,024 pages

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The Poems of John Donne is one volume paperback edition of the poems of John Donne (1572-1631) based on a comprehensive re-evaluation of his work from composition to circulation and reception. Donne’s output is tremendously varied in style and form and demonstrates his ability to exercise his rhetorical capabilities according to context and occasion. This edition aims to present the text of all his known poems, from the epigrams, songs and satires written for fellow young men about town, to the more mature verse-epistles and memorial elegies written for his patrons.

The Longman Annotated English Poets series traditionally aims to present poems in chronological order; in this edition, however, the principle has been observed only within generic sections. This organisation reproduces the manner in which Donne’s original readers first encountered the poems in the various manuscripts of his elegies and satires that circulated in Donne’s lifetime. Volume One contains the Epigrams, Verse Letters to Friends, Love Lyrics, Love Elegies and Satires; Volume Two contains the religious poems, Wedding Celebrations, Verse Epistles to Patronesses, Commemorations, and the Anniversaries. The lyrics have been arranged alphabetically for ease of reference and because, in all but a few cases, precise date of composition is impossible to determine. Each poem has extensive editorial commentary designed to put the twenty-first century reader in possession of all that is necessary fully to appreciate Donne’s work. A substantial headnote sets each poem in its historical and literary context, while the annotations give detailed guidance on the wealth of classical and religious allusions and give full representation to the literary, historical and philosophical culture out of which the poems grew. In keeping with the traditions of the series, Donne’s own text has been modernised in punctuation and spelling except where to do so would alter or disrupt a rhyme.

Table of Contents


Hero and Leander

Pyramus and Thisbe


Naue Arsa (A Burnt Ship)

Caso d’un Muro (Fall of a Wall)

Zoppo (A Lame Beggar)

Calez and Guyana

Il Cavaliere Giovanni Wingfield

A Self-accuser

A Licentious Person


The Ingler


The Liar

Mercurius Gallo-Belgicus


An Obscure Writer


Martialis Castratus (Raderus)


Ad Autorem (Joseph Scaliger)

Ad Autorem (William Covell)

Verse letters to Friends

To Mr Rowland Woodward(‘Zealously my Muse’)

To Mr Rowland Woodward(‘Muse not’)

To Mr Christopher Brooke

To Mr Ingram Lister(‘Of that short roll of friends’)

To Mr Thomas Woodward(‘At once from hence’)

To Mr Thomas Woodward(‘All hail, sweet poet’)

To Mr Thomas Woodward(‘Pregnant again’)

To my Lord of Derby

To Mr Beaupré Bell (1)

To Mr Beaupré Bell (2)

To Mr Thomas Woodward(‘Haste thee, harsh verse’)

To Mr Samuel Brooke

To Mr Everard Guilpin

To Mr Rowland Woodward(‘Kindly I envy thy song’s perfectïon’)

To Mr Ingram Lister(‘Blest are your north parts’)

To Mr Rowland Woodward(‘Like one who in her third widowhead’)

To Mr Rowland Woodward(‘If, as mine is, thy life a slumber be’)

The Storm

The Calm

To Mr Henry Wotton(‘Here’s no more news than virtue’)

To Mr Henry Wotton(‘Sir, more than kisses’)

Henrico Wotton in Hibernia Belligeranti

To Sir Henry Wotton at his Going Ambassador to Venice

Amicissimo et meritissimo Ben. Ionson in ‘Vulponem’

To Sir Henry Goodyer

To Sir Edward Herbert at Juliers

Upon Mr Thomas Coryat’s ‘Crudities’

In eundem Macaronicon

A Letter Written by Sir Henry Goodyer and John Donnealternis vicibus

To Mr George Herbert with my Seal of the Anchor and Christ

To Mr Tilman after he had Taken Orders

De libro cum mutuaretur impresso, … D. D. Andrews

Love Lyrics (‘Songs and Sonnets’)

Air and Angels

The Anniversary

The Apparition

The Bait

The Blossom

Break of Day

The Broken Heart

The Canonization


The Computation

Confined Love

The Curse

The Damp

The Dissolution

The Dream

The Ecstasy

The Expiration

Farewell to Love

A Fever

The Flea

The Funeral

The Good-morrow

Image and Dream

The Indifferent

To a Jet Ring Sent to me

Lecture upon the Shadow

The Legacy

Love’s All (Love’s Infiniteness)

Love’s Deity

Love’s Diet

Love’s Exchange

Love’s Usury

A Nocturnal upon Saint Lucy’s Day

The Message

Mummy (Love’s Alchemy)

Negative Love

The Paradox

Platonic Love (The Undertaking)

The Primrose

The Prohibition

The Relic

Song: ‘Go and Catch a Falling Star’

Song: ‘Sweetest Love, I do not Go’

Spring (Love’s Growth)

The Sun Rising

The Triple Fool


A Valediction Forbidding Mourning

A Valediction: Of my Name in the Window

A Valediction: Of the Book

A Valediction: Of Weeping

The Will

Witchcraft by a Picture

Woman’s Constancy

Love Elegies

The Bracelet

The Comparison

The Perfume


Love’s Recusant

Love’s Pupil

Love’s War

To his Mistress Going to Bed


The Anagram

To his Mistress on Going Abroad

His Picture

On Love’s Progress



Satyre 1(‘Away, thou changeling, motley humorist’)

Satyre 2(‘Sir, though (I thank God f

2. Annunciation

3. Nativity

4. Temple

5. Crucifying

6. Resurrection

7. Ascension

To Mrs Magdalen Herbert: Of St Mary Magdalen

Upon the Annunciation when Good Friday Fell upon the Same Day

Sonnet: ‘Oh, to vex me’

A Litany


Divine Meditations

1. ‘Thou hast made me’

2. ‘As due by many titles’

3. ‘Oh might those sighs and tears’

4. ‘Father, part of his double interest’

5. ‘O my black soul!’

6. ‘This is my play’s last scene’

7. ‘I am a little world’

8. ‘At the round earth’s imagined corners’

9. ‘If poisonous minerals’

10. ‘If faithful souls’

11. ‘Death, be not proud’

12. ‘Wilt thou love God’

Holy Sonnets

1. ‘As due by many titles’

2. ‘O my black soul!’

3. ‘This is my play’s last scene’

4. ‘At the round earth’s imagined corners’

5. ‘If poisonous minerals’

6. ‘Death, be not proud’

7. ‘Spit in my face’

8. ‘Why are we’

9. ‘What if this present’

10. ‘Batter my heart’

11. ‘Wilt thou love God’

12. ‘Father, part of his double interest’

Verses translated for Ignatius his Conclave

Good Friday: Made as I was Riding Westward that Day

To Mr George Herbert with my Seal of the Anchor and Christ

Sonnet: ‘Since she whom I loved’

To Christ

Upon the Translation of the Psalms by Sir Philip Sidney and

the Countess of Pembroke his Sister

At the Seaside, going over with the Lord Doncaster into Germany, 1619

The Lamentations of Jeremy, for the most part according to Tremellius

Hymn to God my God in my Sickness

Wedding Celebrations

Epithalamion Made at Lincoln’s Inn

An Epithalamion on the Lady Elizabeth and Frederick, Count Palatine

Eclogue and Epithalamion at the Marriage of the Earl of Somerset

Verse epistles to Patronesses

To Lady Bedford at New Year’s Tide

To the Countess of Bedford(‘Reason’)

To Mrs Magdalen Herbert(‘Mad paper, stay’)

To the Countess of Bedford(‘You have refined me’)

To the Countess of Bedford(‘Honour is so sublime perfection’)

To the Countess of Huntingdon

To the Countess of Bedford(‘To’ve written then’)

To the Honourable Lady the Lady Carey

To the Countess of Bedford(‘Your cabinet my tomb’)

To the Countess of Bedford (begun in France)

To the Countess of Salisbury


Elegy: To the Lady Bedford(‘You that are she’)

An Elegy upon the Death of Lady Markham

An Elegy upon the Death of Mistress Bulstrode: ‘Death, I recant’

Elegy on Mistress Bulstrode[by Lady Bedford]

Elegy upon the Death of Mistress Bulstrode: ‘Language, thou art too narrow’

Elegy on Prince Henry

Obsequies to the Lord Harington, Brother to the Countess of Bedford

A Hymn to the Saints and Marquis of Hamilton

The Anniversaries

To the Praise of the Dead and ‘The Anatomy’[by Joseph Hall]

The First Anniversary: An Anatomy of the World

A Funeral Elegy

The Harbinger to the Progress[by Joseph Hall]

The Second Anniversary: Of the Progress of the Soul

A Probable Attribution

Ignatius Loyolae _ðoèÝùóéò


Sappho to Philaenis

The Token


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