Bier de Stone (slavezombie) wrote,
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Don Juan versus his doppelgänger

In this poem (sonet/song) by John Donne, his perspective on love seems a wee deprived (kinda like me). How could two people with so many similarities in their name be so different, Don the ladie's man, John the monk.


Loves alchymie

Some that have deeper digg'd loves Myne than I,
Say, where his centrique happinesse doth lie:
      I have lov'd, and got, and told,
But should I love, get, tell, till I were old,
I should not finde that hidden mysterie;
       Oh, 'tis imposture all:
And as no chymique yet th'Elixar got,
       But glorifies his pregnant pot,
       If by the way to him befall
Some odoriferous thing, or medicinall,
  So, lovers dreame a rich and long delight,
  But get a winter-seeming summers night.

Our ease, our thrift, our honor, and our day,
Shall we, for this vaine Bubles shadow pay?
      Ends love in this, that my man,
Can be as happy'as I can; if he can
      That loving wretch that sweares,
'Tis not the bodies marry, but the mindes,
      Which he in her Angelique findes,
      Would sweare as justly, that he heares,
In that dayes rude hoarse minstralsey, the spheares.
Hope not for minde in women: at their best Sweetnesse and wit, they'are but Mummy, possest.
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