THE RELIC

by Antonio Gil June. 05, 2016 2438 views

The Relic
a poem by John Donne


When my grave is broke up again
Some second guest to entertain,
(For graves have learn'd that woman head,
To be to more than one a bed)
And he that digs it, spies
A bracelet of bright hair about the bone,
Will he not let'us alone,
And think that there a loving couple lies,
Who thought that this device might be some way
To make their souls, at the last busy day,
Meet at this grave, and make a little stay?

If this fall in a time, or land,
Where mis-devotion doth command,
Then he, that digs us up, will bring
Us to the bishop, and the king,
To make us relics; then
Thou shalt be a Mary Magdalen, and I
A something else thereby;
All women shall adore us, and some men;
And since at such time miracles are sought,
I would have that age by this paper taught
What miracles we harmless lovers wrought.

First, we lov'd well and faithfully,
Yet knew not what we lov'd, nor why;
Difference of sex no more we knew
Than our guardian angels do;
Coming and going, we
Perchance might kiss, but not between those meals;
Our hands ne'er touch'd the seals
Which nature, injur'd by late law, sets free;
These miracles we did, but now alas,
All measure, and all language, I should pass,
Should I tell what a miracle she was.

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Sadhya Rippon 3 years, 3 months ago

Strange belief!

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Jay Boggess 3 years, 3 months ago

The agony & ecstasy...the trials of life here below & the hope of the reward above...
Great powerful composition!

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Larry Sample 3 years, 3 months ago

He obviously had no dog about him.

3 years, 3 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 3 years, 3 months ago

You mean - he's taken my place? :-)

3 years, 3 months ago Edited
Chris Cann 3 years, 3 months ago

He does seem a bit stressed out. Strange poem.

3 years, 3 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 3 years, 3 months ago

I see agony in that face.............

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