Collected Poetry

John Donne - Author

Christopher Ricks - Editor

Ilona Bell - Editor/introduction

Ilona Bell - Notes by

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ISBN 9780141191577 | 544 pages | 29 Jan 2013 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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A new collection of John Donne's verse, from the witty conceit of "The Flea" to the intense spirituality of his Divine Poems
Regarded by many as the greatest of the metaphysical poets, John Donne was also among the most intriguing figures of the Elizabethan Age. A sensualist who composed erotic and playful love poetry in his youth, he was raised a Catholic but later became one of the most admired Protestant preachers of his time. Reflecting this wide diversity, Collected Poetry includes his youthful songs and sonnets, epigrams, elegies, letters, satires, and the profoundly moving Divine Poems composed toward the end of his life. From joyful works such as "The Flea," which transforms the image of a louse into something marvelous, to the intimate and intense Holy Sonnets, Donne breathed new vigor into poetry by drawing startling metaphors from the world in which he lived.




Further Reading

A Note on the Texts


Songs and Sonnets

The Good Morrow

Song (‘Go and catch a falling star’)

Woman’s Constancy

The Undertaking

The Sun Rising

The Indifferent

Love’s Usury

The Canonization

The Triple Fool

Lovers’ Infiniteness

Song (‘Sweetest love, I do not go’)

The Legacy

A Fever

Air and Angels

Break of Day

The Anniversary

A Valediction of My Name in the Window

Twicknam Garden

Valediction of the Book


Love’s Growth

Love’s Exchange

Confined Love

The Dream

A Valediction of Weeping

Love’s Alchemy

The Flea

The Curse

The Message

A Nocturnal upon St Lucy’s Day, Being the Shortest Day

Witchcraft by a Picture

The Bait

The Apparition

The Broken Heart

A Valediction Forbidding Mourning

The Ecstasy

Love’s Deity

Love’s Diet

The Will

The Funeral

The Blossom

The Primrose

The Relic

The Damp

The Dissolution

A Jet Ring Sent

Negative Love

The Prohibition

The Expiration

The Computation

The Paradox

Farewell to Love

A Lecture upon the Shadow

Image of Her Whom I Love

Sonnet. The Token

Self Love

When My Heart Was Mine Own


Hero and Leander

Pyramus and Thisbe


A Burnt Ship

Fall of a Wall

A Lame Beggar

Cales and Guiana

Sir John Wingefield

A Self Accuser

A Licentious Person


The Juggler


The Liar

Mercurius Gallo-Belgicus


An Obscure Writer






Elegy 1. The Bracelet

Elegy 2. The Comparison

Elegy 3. The Perfume

Elegy 4. Jealousy

Elegy 5. O, Let Me Not Serve So

Elegy 6. Nature’s Lay Idiot

Elegy 7. Love’s War

Elegy 8. To His Mistress Going to Bed

Elegy 9. Change

Elegy 10. The Anagram

Elegy 11. On His Mistress

Elegy 12. His Picture

Elegy 13. The Autumnal

Elegy 14. Love’s Progress

Elegy 15. His Parting from Her

Elegy 16. The Expostulation

Elegy 17. Variety

Sappho to Philænis

The Epithalamions or Marriage Songs

An Epithalamion, or Marriage Song, on the Lady Elizabeth and Count Palatine

Epithalamion Made at Lincoln’s Inn

Eclogue at the Marriage of the Earl of Somerset


Satire I

Satire II

Satire III

Satire IV

Satire V

Upon Mr Thomas Coryat’s Crudities
In eundem Macaronicon

Incipit Ioannes Dones

The Progress of the Soul

Verse Letters

The Storm

The Calm

To Mr Henry Wotton (‘Here’s no more news than virtue’)

To Mr Henry Wotton (‘Sir, more than kisses’)

H.W. in Hiber. Belligeranti

To Sir H.W. at His Going Ambassador to Venice

To Mr Rowland Woodward (‘Like One who’in her third widowhood’)

To Mr R.W. (‘Zealously my muse doth salute all thee’)

To Mr R.W. (‘Muse not that by thy mind thy body’is led’)

To Mr R.W. (‘Kindly’I envy thy song’s perfection’)

To Mr T.W. (‘All hail sweet poet’)

To Mr T.W. (‘Haste thee harsh verse’)

To Mr T.W. (‘Pregnant again with th’old twins’)

To Mr T.W. (‘At once, from hence’)

To Mr C.B.

To Mr E.G.

To Mr S.B.

To Mr I.L. (‘Of that short roll’)

To Mr I.L. (‘Blest are your north parts’)

To Mr B.B

To E. of D. with Six Holy Sonnets

To Sir Henry Goodyere (‘Who makes the past a pattern’)

A Letter Written by Sir H.G. and J.D. alternis vicibus

To Mrs M.H.

To the Countess of Bedford (‘Reason is our soul’s left hand’)

To the Countess of Bedford (‘Honour is so sublime perfection’)

To the Countess of Bedford (‘You have refined me’)

To the Countess of Bedford (‘T’have written then’)

To the Countess of Bedford, on New Year’s Day

To the Countess of Bedford, Begun in France but never perfected

To the Lady Bedford (‘You that are she’)

To Sir Edward Herbert, at Juliers

To the Countess of Huntingdon (‘That unripe side of earth’)

To the Countess of Huntingdon (‘Man to God’s image’)

A Letter to the Lady Carey, and Mistress Essex Rich, from Amiens

To the Countess of Salisbury, August, 1614

Funeral Elegies


To the Praise of the Dead, and the Anatomy, [Probably by Joseph Hall]

The First Anniversary. An Anatomy of the World

A Funeral Elegy

The Harbinger to the Progress, [Probably by Joseph Hall]

The Second Anniversary. Of the Progress of the Soul

Epicedes and Obsequies

Elegy (‘Sorrow, who to this house’)

Elegy on the Lady Markham

Elegy on Mrs Bulstrode (‘Death I recant’)

Elegy upon the Death of Mrs Boulstred (‘Language, thou art too narrow’)

Elegy, On the Untimely Death of the Incomparable Prince, Henry

Obsequies upon the Lord Harrington, the Last that Died

A Hymn to the Saints, and to Marquesse Hamilton

Epitaph on Himself. To the Countess of Bedford

Epitaph on Anne Donne

Divine Poems

To the Lady Magdalen Herbert, of St Mary Magdalen

La Corona

Holy Sonnet 1 (II) (‘As due by many titles’)

Holy Sonnet 2 (IV) (‘O my black soul’)

Holy Sonnet 3 (VI) (‘This is my play’s last scene’)

Holy Sonnet 4 (VII) (‘At the round earth’s imagined corners’)

Holy Sonnet 5 (IX) (‘If poisonous minerals’)

Holy Sonnet 6 (X) (‘Death be not proud’)

Holy Sonnet 7 (XI) (‘Spit in my face, you Jews’)

Holy Sonnet 8 (XII) (‘Why are we by all creatures’)

Holy Sonnet 9 (XIII) (‘What if this present’)

Holy Sonnet 10 (XIV) (‘Batter my heart’)

Holy Sonnet 11 (XV) (‘Wilt thou love God’)

Holy Sonnet 12 (XVI) (‘Father, part of His double interest’)

Holy Sonnet 13 (I) (‘Thou hast made me’)

Holy Sonnet 14 (III) (‘O might those sighs and tears’)

Holy Sonnet 15 (V) (‘I am a little world’)

Holy Sonnet 16 (VIII) (‘If faithful souls be alike glorified’)

Holy Sonnet 17 (XVII) (‘Since she whom I loved’)

Holy Sonnet 18 (XVIII) (‘Show me, dear Christ’)

Holy Sonnet 19 (XIX) (‘O, to vex me’)

The Cross

Resurrection, Imperfect

The Annunciation and Passion

A Litany

Goodfriday, 1613. Riding Westward

The Lamentations of Jeremy, for the most part according to Tremelius

Translated out of Gazæus, Vota Amico Facta

Upon the Translation of the Psalms by Sir Philip Sidney and the Countess Pembroke, His Sister

To Mr Tilman after He Had Taken Orders

A Hymn to Christ, at the Author’s Last Going into Germany

Hymn to God my God, in my Sickness

A Hymn to God the Father

To Mr George Herbert, with One of my Seals, of the Anchor and Christ


Prose Letters

Madam< (‘I will have leave to speak like a lover’)

’I send to you now that I may know how I do’

To the Right Worshipful Sir George More, Knight (‘If a very respective fear of your displeasure’)

(‘I write not to you out of mine poor library’)

To Sir H[enry] G[oodyere] (‘It should be no interruption to your pleasures’)

Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

1. Meditation

4. Meditation

17. Meditation

19. Expostulation

Death’s Duel, Selections

Appendix: Memorial Verses

To the Deceased Author, upon the Promiscuous Printing of his Poems, the Looser Sort, with the Religious, By [Sir] Tho[mas] Browne

To the Memory of My Ever Desired Friend Dr Donne, By H[enry] K[ing]

On the Death of Dr Donne, By Edw[ard] Hyde

On Doctor Donne, By Dr C.B. of O.

An Elegy upon the Incomparable Dr Donne, By Hen[ry] Valentine

An Elegy upon Dr Donne, By Iz[aak] Wa[lton] (‘Is Donne, great Donne deceased’)

Elegy on D.D., By Sidney Godolphin

On Dr John Donne, Late Dean of St Paul’s, London, By J[ohn] Chudleigh

An Elegy upon the Death of the Dean of Paul’s, Dr John Donne, By Mr Tho[mas] Carey

An Elegy on Dr Donne, By Sir Lucius Carie

On Dr Donne’s Death, By Mr Mayne of Christ-Church in Oxford

Upon Mr J Donne and his Poems, By Arth[ur] Wilson

Epitaph upon Dr Donne, By Endy[mion] Porter

In Memory of Doctor Donne, By Mr R.B.

Epitaph (‘Here lies Dean Donne’)


Index of Titles of Poems

Index of First Lines of Poems