John Donne

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

A Valediction Of Weeping - Poem by John Donne

Let me pour forth
My tears before thy face, whilst I stay here,
For thy face coins them, and thy stamp they bear,
And by this mintage they are something worth,
For thus they be
Pregnant of thee;
Fruits of much grief they are, emblems of more,
When a tear falls, that thou falls which it bore,
So thou and I are nothing then, when on a diverse shore.

On a round ball
A workman that hath copies by, can lay
An Europe, Afric, and an Asia,
And quickly make that, which was nothing, all;
So doth each tear
Which thee doth wear,
A globe, yea world, by that impression grow,
Till thy tears mix'd with mine do overflow
This world; by waters sent from thee, my heaven dissolved so.

O more than moon,
Draw not up seas to drown me in thy sphere,
Weep me not dead, in thine arms, but forbear
To teach the sea what it may do too soon;
Let not the wind
Example find,
To do me more harm than it purposeth;
Since thou and I sigh one another's breath,
Whoe'er sighs most is cruellest, and hastes the other's death.


Comments about A Valediction Of Weeping by John Donne

  • Veteran Poet - 1,163 Points Oduro Bright Amoh (9/5/2014 5:48:00 PM)

    Profundity in a very solemn style. Very interesting (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 29,119 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/21/2014 9:39:00 AM)

    a good poem of expression of feeling in its correct wordings and visions. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 14,297 Points * Sunprincess * (1/29/2014 6:00:00 PM)

    .......I see why he was weeping so his love was on a distant shore..
    .oh the pain he feels is so evident in this write...
    ~Fruits of much grief they are, emblems of more,
    When a tear falls, that thou falls which it bore,
    So thou and I are nothing then, when on a diverse shore.~ (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2001

Poem Edited: Monday, May 14, 2001


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