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
us?
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
time.

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

  • Don KubickiDon Kubicki (6/26/2019 2:19:00 PM)

    Donne is easy to read and difficult to understand.(Report)Reply

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  • Sukla....Krishnagar,Badkulla (1/28/2019 1:07:00 AM)

    Awesome to read,being a passionate love poem there is an expression of dualism of body soul....(Report)Reply

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  • Rista (1/27/2019 11:00:00 PM)

    Amazing, great love(Report)Reply

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  • Hardeep Bhanwra Asstt commissioner state tax jal (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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  • Yasir from kashmir (11/18/2017 5:11:00 AM)

    beautifully arranged(Report)Reply

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  • Douglas Scotney (2/18/2017 8:27:00 PM)

    thine age asks ease, ease up(Report)Reply

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

    Shine here to us, and thou art everywhere..

    Well expressed.

    Sylva(Report)Reply

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  • Baharak BarzinBaharak 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

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

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

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

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

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  • Indira RenganathanIndira 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

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (2/18/2017 6:08:00 AM)

    hours, days, months which are rags of time.
    Meaningful conceptualization. Thanks for sharing it here.(Report)Reply

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  • Tom Allport (2/18/2017 4:45:00 AM)

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

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  • Muzahidul RezaMuzahidul 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

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  • Muzahidul RezaMuzahidul 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(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan 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

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

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

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  • A JumanA Juman (11/15/2015 8:07:00 AM)

    you poem is excellent my friend(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (9/7/2015 9:49:00 AM)

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

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  • Ian Fraser (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

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2001



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