John Donne

(24 January 1572 - 31 March 1631 / London, England)

A Fever - Poem by John Donne

Oh do not die, for I shall hate
All women so, when thou art gone,
That thee I shall not celebrate,
When I remember, thou wast one.

But yet thou canst not die, I know;
To leave this world behind, is death,
But when thou from this world wilt go,
The whole world vapours with thy breath.

Or if, when thou, the world’s soul, go`st,
It stay, ’tis but thy carcase then,
The fairest woman, but thy ghost,
But corrupt worms, the worthiest men.

Oh wrangling schools, that search what fire
Shall burn this world, had none the wit
Unto this knowledge to aspire,
That this her fever might be it ?

And yet she cannot waste by this,
Nor long bear this torturing wrong,
For much corruption needful is
To fuel such a fever long.

These burning fits but meteors be,
Whose matter in thee is soon spent.
Thy beauty, and all parts, which are thee,
Are unchangeable firmament.

Yet ’twas of my mind, seizing thee,
Though it in thee cannot persever.
For I had rather owner be
Of thee one hour, than all else ever.


Comments about A Fever by John Donne

  • Gold Star - 33,910 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/22/2014 1:52:00 AM)

    The theme and spirit of the poem is interesting to recite and learn the life in every detail and its negative factors which I experience from this great poem of the poet. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 33,910 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/21/2014 9:41:00 AM)

    An sad emotional poem of death of a near and dear told in brief poetry by the great poet makes the mind so soad indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Gale (5/29/2007 2:29:00 PM)

    Great poem indeed inTENse.
    God bless all poets-MJG. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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