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  •  John Donne, Holy Sonnet X (12+ / 0-)

    Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
    Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
    For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow
    Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
    From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
    Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
    And soonest our best men with thee do go,
    Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.
    Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
    And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
    And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
    And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?
    One short sleep past, we wake eternally
    And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

    A little blue dot in a vast sea of red.

    by deha on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 05:53:26 AM PDT

    •  Deha, this is powerful (6+ / 0-)

      John Donne was a very passionate man in the sense that he felt things so deeply, and he's another whose profound faith infuses every line of his poems.

      "Death Be Not Proud,"you may recall,  is the title of a famous tribute by a man to his son, who died in boyhood.

      In school we studied "Batter my heart, three person'd God." What a gift, to be able to express deep emotion in words.

      Thanks for your contribution, Deha.

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 06:14:59 AM PDT

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