John Donne Poem

The Harbinger to the Progress, the Second Anniversary

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Of the Progress of the Soul, the Second Anniversary

Two souls move here, and mine (a third) must move
Paces of admiration and of love;
Thy soul (dear virgin) whose this tribute is,
Moved from this mortal sphere to lively bliss;
And yet moves still, and still aspires to see
The world’s last day, thy glory’s full degree:
Like as those stars which thou o’erlookest far,
Are in their place, and yet still moved are:
No soul (whiles with the luggage of this clay
It clogged is) can follow thee half way;
Or see thy flight, which doth our thoughts outgo
So fast, that now the lightning moves but slow:
But now thou art as high in heaven flown
As heaven’s from us; what soul besides thine own
Can tell thy joys, or say he can relate
Thy glorious journals in that blessed state?
I envy thee (rich soul) I envy thee,
Although I cannot yet thy glory see:
And thou (great spirit) which hers followed hast
So fast, as none can follow thine so fast;
So far, as none can follow thine so far,
(And if this flesh did not the passage bar
Hadst raught her) let me wonder at thy flight
Which long agone hadst lost the vulgar sight,
And now mak’st proud the better eyes, that they
Can see thee lessened in thine aery way;
So while thou mak’st her soul’s high progress known
Thou mak’st a noble progress of thine own,
From this world’s carcase having mounted high
To that pure life of immortality;
Since thine aspiring thoughts themselves so raise
That more may not beseem a creature’s praise,
Yet still thou vow’st her more; and every year
Mak’st a new progress, while thou wanderest here;
Still upwards mount; and let thy maker’s praise
Honour thy Laura, and adorn thy lays.
And since thy Muse her head in heaven shrouds,
Oh let her never stoop below the clouds:
And if those glorious sainted souls may know
Or what we do, or what we sing below,
Those acts, those songs shall still content them best
Which praise those awful powers that make them blessed.

An Anatomy of the World, ('Nothing could make me sooner')
A Funeral Elegy


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