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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
John Donne
 
77. A Hymne to CHRIST, at the Authors last going into Germany
 
IN what torne ship soever I embarke, 
That ship shall be my embleme of thy Arke; 
What sea soever swallow mee, that flood 
Shall be to mee an embleme of thy blood; 
Though thou with clouds of anger do disguise         5
Thy face; yet through that maske I know those eyes, 
  Which, though they turne away sometimes, 
    They never will despise. 
  
I sacrifice this Iland unto thee, 
And all whom I lov'd there, and who lov'd mee;  10
When I have put our seas twixt them and mee, 
Put thou thy sea betwixt my sinnes and thee. 
As the trees sap doth seeke the root below 
In winter, in my winter now I goe, 
  Where none but thee, th'Eternall root  15
    Of true Love I may know. 
  
Nor thou nor thy religion dost controule, 
The amorousnesse of an harmonious Soule, 
But thou would'st have that love thy selfe: As thou 
Art jealous, Lord, so I am jealous now,  20
Thou lov'st not, till from loving more, thou free 
My soule: Who ever gives, takes libertie: 
  O, if thou car'st not whom I love 
    Alas, thou lov'st not mee. 
  
Seale then this bill of my Divorce to All,  25
On whom those fainter beames of love did fall; 
Marry those loves, which in youth scattered bee 
On Fame, Wit, Hopes (false mistresses) to thee. 
Churches are best for Prayer, that have least light: 
To see God only, I goe out of sight:  30
  And to scape stormy dayes, I chuse 
    An Everlasting night. 
 
 
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