Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Poetry Corner: John Donne

Air And Angels

Twice or thrice had I loved thee,
Before I knew thy face or name;
So in a voice, so in a shapeless flame,
Angels affect us oft, and worshipped be;
Still when, to where thou wert, I came,
Some lovely glorious nothing I did see.
But since my soul, whose child love is,
Takes limbs of flesh, and else could nothing do,
More subtle than the parent is,
Love must not be, but take a body too;
And therefore what thou wert, and who,
I bid love ask, and now
That it assume thy body I allow,
And fix itself to thy lip, eye, and brow.

Whilst thus to ballast love I thought,
And so more steadily to have gone,
With wares which would sink admiration,
I saw I had love's pinnace overfraught
Every thy hair for love to work upon
Is much too much, some fitter must be sought;
For, nor in nothing, nor in things
Extreme and scatt'ring bright, can love inhere.
Then as an angel, face and wings
Of air, not pure as it, yet pure doth wear,
So thy love may be my love's sphere.
Just such disparity
As is 'twixt air and angel's purity,
'Twixt women's love and men's will ever be.

John Donne

16 comments:

Bassetmomma said...

What a romantic poem!

Sarge said...

Hey Sallie!
Wow, what a pretty poem! And your walkie is so pretty too. That makes a perfect match. Sweet poem and sweet scenery. Gave me a smile!
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

scotsmad said...

Sallie, you looks as if are walking through that beautiful place....just thinking about love.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

I think you look lovely out in that garden Sallie Marie. THAT is a super poem.

sprinkles said...

Is that trail in your yard? It's really pretty!

K9 Katastrophie said...

Beautiful!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

Licks,
Ruthie

Amber DaWeenie said...

{sigh} How Romantic!

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

Lovely!
I have always liked reading poetry but haven't read any of John Donne.
Very sweet pics of Sallie too.
Lynne x

houndstooth said...

*sigh* Romance is in the air! He wrote some lovely poetry. We've never read one that wasn't beautiful!

Bunny

Roo said...

Never heard that poem before. Quite lovely :) And the photos of you Sallie in your garden were a pawfect backdrop :)

Waggin at ya,
Roo

meowmeowmans said...

So romantic! Love is in the air, Sallie! :)

carmencreazioni said...

Auguri di serena Pasqua a te e i tuoi cari!!

Chicco said...

Happy Easter! :)

Posie said...

hi therre, romance puppy! I reelly relly liyke yoor blogg lots, yoo haz a veri pretti page. I liyke da couple owf posts owf yoorz dat I haz reead too. Maiy namme iz Posie, n I is a border terrior, and u remiynd me owf ma auntie rowie, she iz a blakk n whiyte jack russel!! love, p-dorg xox

Stewey said...

What a beautiful poem!
Stewey

Suka said...

hey Sallie,

The first photo of you is beautiful, especially with the sun's rays seeping through to you. :->

*sigh...such a lovely and romantic poem! Just perfect for Spring time. Thank you for sharing!

Love is in the air!

Suka

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