John Donne

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

The Sun Rising - Poem by John Donne

Busy old fool, unruly Sun,
Why dost thou thus,
Through windows, and through curtains, call on
Must to thy motions lovers' seasons run?
Saucy pedantic wretch, go chide
Late schoolboys, and sour prentices,
Go tell court-huntsmen that the king will ride,
Call country ants to harvest offices,
Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime,
Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of

Thy beams, so reverend and strong
Why shouldst thou think?
I could eclipse and cloud them with a wink,
But that I would not lose her sight so long:
If her eyes have not blinded thine,
Look, and tomorrow late, tell me
Whether both the'Indias of spice and mine
Be where thou leftst them, or lie here with me.
Ask for those kings whom thou saw'st yesterday,
And thou shalt hear: 'All here in one bed lay.'

She'is all states, and all princes I,
Nothing else is.
Princes do but play us; compar'd to this,
All honour's mimic, all wealth alchemy.
Thou, sun, art half as happy'as we,
In that the world's contracted thus;
Thine age asks ease, and since thy duties be
To warm the world, that's done in warming us.
Shine here to us, and thou art everywhere;
This bed thy centre is, these walls, thy sphere.

Comments about The Sun Rising by John Donne

  • (4/18/2018 7:00:00 PM)

    Boosting words of poem helps to get up for your means of life (Report) Reply

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  • (11/18/2017 5:11:00 AM)

    beautifully arranged (Report) Reply

  • (2/18/2017 8:27:00 PM)

    thine age asks ease, ease up (Report) Reply

  • Sylvaonyema Uba (2/18/2017 2:01:00 PM)

    Shine here to us, and thou art everywhere..

    Well expressed.

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  • Baharak Barzin (2/18/2017 1:58:00 PM)

    When i read his poetry i just wonder if he loved women or did hate them. He is amazing (Report) Reply

  • Rebecca Lyle (2/18/2017 1:06:00 PM)

    The Sun Rising
    loved it, was a great write, congrats (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/18/2017 10:14:00 AM)

    Tell me
    Nature! With the muse of the rising sun. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (2/18/2017 9:48:00 AM)

    Thine age asks ease, and since thy duties be
    To warm the world, that's done in warming us.
    Shine here to us, and thou art everywhere;
    This bed thy centre is, these walls, thy sphere......superb expression
    (Report) Reply

  • (2/18/2017 6:08:00 AM)

    hours, days, months which are rags of time.
    Meaningful conceptualization. Thanks for sharing it here.
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  • (2/18/2017 4:45:00 AM)

    tom allport
    an enlightening poem of past gone dark days with so many slaves? (Report) Reply

  • Muzahidul Reza (2/18/2017 3:54:00 AM)

    The Sun Rising is a great poem indeed in the phases of romantic and emotional (Report) Reply

  • Muzahidul Reza (2/18/2017 3:52:00 AM)

    Busy old fool, unruly Sun,
    Why dost thou thus, rather it is an Ode To The Sun, excellent written in Romantic Style
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  • Susan Williams (2/18/2017 1:53:00 AM)

    I gained a lot of knowledge from reading Ian Fraser's comment below and I thank him very much for posting it. I nust admit there were only a few lines I enjoyed- basically the opening stanzam (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (2/18/2017 12:21:00 AM)

    Shine..... Thanks for sharing..... (Report) Reply

  • A Juman (11/15/2015 8:07:00 AM)

    you poem is excellent my friend (Report) Reply

  • (9/7/2015 9:49:00 AM)

    A great poem about sun and so much likes. (Report) Reply

  • (12/2/2009 10:59:00 AM)

    The most famous love poem ever written? If not, surely one of the best. The first stanza is a whole glitter of famous phrases. Nothing again ever written has captured the pride, arrogance and wild delight of young love, a very naughty piece of writing, and of course utterly blasphemous; no wonder Donne renounced all his early secular writing when he entered the priesthood and how sensible he was not to destroy it. A must for anyone's top 100. (Report) Reply

  • (6/7/2007 8:36:00 AM)

    its not really a very romantic poem it you look at it carefully though. its more about Donnes conflict with the Sun and how he scolds mother nature for interrupting his affairs, which in this case he would wish to prolong. he does seem to be very smitten with his lover- 'shes all states, and all princes i; nothing else is, ' but as is with Death, Be Not Proud, Donne revels in slandering things in life which we cannot control- death/ the rising of the sun, arguing that he CAN control them if he wishes to, 'i could eclipse and cloud them with a wink, ' initiating some sort of power struggle.
    As this is a conceit, which Donne has been described as 'a master of' there are two contrasting ideas- the idolization of his lover, and his contempt with the Sun. A conceit combines two dissimilar ideas into one single idea- Donne uses his passion for his lover as a means of arguing against the Sun.
    So although there is a romance present within the poems content, i would say the 'unruly sun' dominates.
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  • (4/5/2007 5:10:00 AM)

    I adore this poem cause I think it really shows his passion, and that passion is so heartfelt and all-consuming, that you can't not admire him for it.

    It's such a clever poem too, you really have to think and i think this makes it all the more romantic.
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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2001

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