Holy Sonnets: Show me dear Christ, thy spouse so bright and clear

By John Donne 1572–1631 John Donne
Show me dear Christ, thy spouse so bright and clear.
What! is it she which on the other shore
Goes richly painted? or which, robb'd and tore,
Laments and mourns in Germany and here?
Sleeps she a thousand, then peeps up one year?
Is she self-truth, and errs? now new, now outwore?
Doth she, and did she, and shall she evermore
On one, on seven, or on no hill appear?
Dwells she with us, or like adventuring knights
First travel we to seek, and then make love?
Betray, kind husband, thy spouse to our sights,
And let mine amorous soul court thy mild Dove,
Who is most true and pleasing to thee then
When she'is embrac'd and open to most men.

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Poet John Donne 1572–1631

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Subjects Religion, Living, Faith & Doubt, Marriage & Companionship, Relationships, Men & Women, Christianity, God & the Divine

Poetic Terms Sonnet

 John  Donne

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John Donne's standing as a great English poet, and one of the greatest writers of English prose, is now assured. However, it has been confirmed only in the present century. The history of Donne's reputation is the most remarkable of any major writer in English; no other body of great poetry has fallen so far from favor for so long and been generally condemned as inept and crude. In Donne's own day his poetry was highly prized . . .

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SUBJECT Religion, Living, Faith & Doubt, Marriage & Companionship, Relationships, Men & Women, Christianity, God & the Divine

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Poetic Terms Sonnet

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