…from the quills of the dead white poets


John Donne (1573 – 1631)


 Death, be not proud, though some have called thee

 Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;

 For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow

 Die not, poor death; nor yet canst thou kill me.

 From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,

 Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow;

 And sooner our best men with thee go -

 Rest of their bones, and souls’ delivery!

 Thou’rt slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,

 And dost with poison, war and sickness dwell;

 And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well

 And better than thy stroke. Why swell’st thou then?

 One short sleep past, we wake eternally,

 And Death shall be no more: death, thou shalt die!


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