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John Donne (1572–1631).  The Poems of John Donne.  1896.
 
Divine Poems
To George Herbert
 
Sent Him with One of My Seals of the Anchor and Christ

QUI prius assuetus serpentum fasce 1 tabellas
  Signare, hæc nostræ symbola parva domus,
Adscitus domui Domini, patrioque relicto
  Stemmate, nanciscor stemmata jure nova.
Hinc mihi Crux primo quæ fronti impressa lavacro,        5
  Finibus extensis, anchora facta patet.
Anchoræ in effigiem Crux tandem desinit ipsam,
  Anchora fit tandem Crux tolerata diu.
Hoc tamen ut fiat, Christo vegetatur ab ipso
  Crux, et ab affixo est Anchora facta Jesu.        10
Nec natalitiis penitus serpentibus orbor,
  Non ita dat Deus, ut auferat ante data.
Qua sapiens, dos est, qua terram lambit et ambit,
  Pestis, at in nostra sit medicina Cruce
Serpens fixa Cruci si sit natura, Crucique        15
  A fixo nobis gratia tota fluat.
Omnia cum Crux sint, Crux Anchora fixa, sigillum
  Non tam dicendum hoc, quam catechismus erit.
Mitto, nec exigua, exigua sub imagine, dona,
  Pignora amicitiæ, et munera vota preces.        20
Plura tibi accumulet sanctus cognominis Ille
  Regia qui flavo dona sigillat equo.
 
Note 1. l. 1. Walton (1658), falce [back]
 
 
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