May 23, 2010

Busy Old Fool, Unruly Sun - Rave on John Donne

This is what my husband said to me upon waking.

This bed thy center is, these walls, thy sphere.
We could do with a small fridge up here.

Not my bed. Image found at


lechat said...

Not only we go and catch a falling star, we also have to learn to hear the mermaids singing too.
Donne was wrong about women, there are lots of us are true and fair...
I think I am... le chat

Giulia said...

I'm confused about above...though maybe it's about Donne's other work. This aubade is a fave & I love what the Sr. Pup did with it...

lechat said...

That's what Donne said...

SONG — John Donne (1572-1631)

Go and catch a falling star,
Get with child a mandrake root,
Tell me where all past years are,
Or who cleft the devil's foot,
Teach me to hear mermaids singing,
Or to keep off envy's stinging,
            And find
            What wind
Serves to advance an honest mind.

If thou be'st born to strange sights,
Things invisible to see,
Ride ten thousand days and nights,
Till age snow white hairs on thee,
Thou, when thou return'st, wilt tell me,
All strange wonders that befell thee,
            And swear,
            No where
Lives a woman true and fair.

If thou find'st one, let me know,

le chat

Giulia said...

Le Chat -

Yes, thanks. I know the poem. But there is a lot of back & forth about Donne's views. What can I say? He was a confused man:)