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John Donne (1572–1631).  The Poems of John Donne.  1896.
 
Divine Poems
Holy Sonnets
V. “I am a little world made cunningly”
 
I AM a little world made cunningly
Of elements, and an angelic sprite;
But black sin hath betray’d to endless night
My world’s both parts, and, O, both parts must die.
You which beyond that heaven which was most high        5
Have found new spheres, and of new land can write,
Pour new seas in my eyes, that so I might 1
Drown my world with my weeping earnestly,
Or wash it if it must be drown’d no more.
But, O, it must be burnt; alas! the fire        10
Of lust and envy burnt it heretofore,
And made it fouler; let their flames retire,
And burn me, O Lord, with a fiery zeal
Of Thee and Thy house, which doth in eating heal.
 
Note 1. l. 7. 1669, he might [back]
 
 
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