John Donne

English clergyman and metaphysical poet celebrated as a preacher (1572-1631)

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Affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it.
And new Philosophy calls all in doubt, the element of fire is quite put out; the Sun is lost, and the earth, and no mans wit can well direct him where to look for it.
As he that fears God hears nothing else, so, he that sees God sees every thing else.
But I do nothing upon myself, and yet I am my own executioner.
Come live with me, and be my love, And we will some new pleasures prove Of golden sands, and crystal brooks, With silken lines, and silver hooks.
Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadfull, for thou art not so, For, those, whom thou thinkst, thou dost overthrow, die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
Death comes equally to us all, and makes us all equal when it comes.
He must pull out his own eyes, and see no creature, before he can say, he sees no God; He must be no man, and quench his reasonable soul, before he can say to himself, there is no God.
Love all love of other sights controls, And makes one little room an everywhere.
Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies.
Love was as subtly caught, as a disease; But being got it is a treasure sweet, which to defend is harder than to get: And ought not be profaned on either part, for though 'Tis got by chance, 'Tis kept by art.
Love was as subtly caught, as a disease; But being got it is a treasure sweet, which to defend is harder than to get: And ought not be profaned on either part, for though 'Tis got by chance, 'Tis kept by art.
Men have conceived a twofold use of sleep; it is a refreshing of the body in this life, and a preparing of the soul for the next.
More than kisses, letters mingle souls.
No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.
No man is an Island, entire of itself every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls It tolls for thee.
No man is an island, entire of itself every man is a piece of the continent.
Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day.
Perchance, he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls for him...
To be no part of any body, is to be nothing.
Twice or thrice had I loved thee, Before I knew thy face or name.

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