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(p. xxviii) Note to Readers

(p. xxviii) Note to Readers

In this Handbook, for Donne's poems we have used the Variorum texts so far published (Anniversaries, Epicedes and Obsequies, Epigrams, Epithalamions, miscellaneous poems, Elegies, and Holy Sonnets); Satires, including Metem, and Verse Letters are cited from Milgate's edition (1967) and remaining poems from the edition of C. A. Patrides (1985).

Short forms for citations of these and other standard editions of Donne's writings are:

1622 Sermon

Donne, J. (1996b). John Donne's 1622 Gunpowder Plot Sermon: A Parallel-Text Edition, transcribed and edited by J. Shami. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press.

Biathanatos

Donne, J. (1984a). Biathanatos, ed. E. W. Sullivan, II. Newark: University of Delaware Press.

Courtier's Library

Donne, J. (1930). The Courtier's Library, ed. E. M. Simpson. London: The Nonesuch Press.

Devotions

Donne, J. (1975). Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, ed. A. Raspa. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.

Essayes

Donne, J. (2001). Essayes in Divinity, ed. A. Raspa. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.

Letters

Donne, J. (1977). Letters to Severall Persons of Honour, ed. M. T. Hester. Delmar, NY: Scholars’ Facsimiles and Reprints.

Marriage Letters

Donne, J. (2005). The Marriage Letters of John Donne at The Folger Shakespeare Library, ed. M. T. Hester, R. P. Sorlien, and D. Flynn. Washington, DC: The Folger Shakespeare Library.

Milgate

Donne, J. (1967b). John Donne: The Satires, Epigrams and Verse Letters, ed. W. Milgate. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Paradoxes

Donne, J. (1980). John Donne Paradoxes and Problems, ed. H. Peters. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Patrides

Donne, J. (1985). The Complete English Poems of John Donne, ed. C. A. Patrides. London: J. M. Dent & Sons.

Problems

Donne, J. (1980). John Donne Paradoxes and Problems, ed. H. Peters. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Pseudo-Martyr

Donne, J. (1993). Pseudo-Martyr, ed. A. Raspa. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.

Sermons

Donne, J. (1953–62). The Sermons of John Donne, ed. G. R. Potter and E. M. Simpson. 10 vols. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

TMC

Matthew, T. and Donne, J., jr. (1660). A Collection of Letters, made by Sr Tobie Mathews Kt. London.

Variorum

Donne, J. (1995– ). The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne, vols. 2, 6, 7.1, and 8, ed. G. A. Stringer et al. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.

(p. xxix) In the interests of convenience and economy, short forms are used for references to Donne's poems quoted or cited in the essays. We have adopted as standard the short forms used by the Donne Variorum, whose editors state: ‘These forms are based on traditional headings or numberings except in cases where traditional designations are confusing, imprecise, or nonexistent.’ Donne's own headings for his poems, given the absence of holographs, are unknown.

List of Short Forms

Air

Air and Angels [‘Twice or thrice had I loved’]

AltVic

A Letter Written by Sir H. G. and J. D. Alternis Vicibus [‘Since every tree begins’]

Amic

Amicissimo et Meritissimo Ben Jonson [‘Quod arte ausus es hic tua’]

Anniv

The Anniversary [‘All kings and all their favorites’]

Annun

Upon the Annunciation and Passion [‘Tamely frail body’]

Antiq

Antiquary [‘If in his study’]

Apoth

Apotheosis Ignatij Loyolae [‘Qui sacer antefuit’]

Appar

The Apparition [‘When by thy scorn’]

AutHook

Ad Autorem [‘Non eget Hookerus’]

AutJos

Ad Autorem [‘Emendare cupis Joseph’]

Bait

The Bait [‘Come live with me’]

BB

To Mr. B. B. [‘Is not thy sacred hunger’]

BedfCab

Epitaph on Himself: To the Countess of Bedford [‘That I might make your cabinet’]

BedfDead

To the Countess of Bedford: Begun in France [‘Though I be dead and buried’]

BedfHon

To the Countess of Bedford [‘Honor is so sublime’]

BedfReas

To the Countess of Bedford [‘Reason is our soul's left hand’]

BedfRef

To the Countess of Bedford [‘You have refined me’]

BedfShe

Elegy to the Lady Bedford [‘You that are she’]

BedfTwi

To the Countess of Bedford: On New-Year's Day [‘This twilight of two years’]

BedfWrit

To the Countess of Bedford [‘To have written then’]

Beggar

A Lame Beggar [‘I am unable, yonder beggar cries’]

Blos

The Blossom [‘Little thinkest thou’]

BoulNar

Elegy upon the Death of Mrs. Boulstrode [‘Language thou art too narrow’]

BoulRec

Elegy on Mrs. Boulstrode [‘Death, I recant’]

Break

Break of Day [‘’Tis true’, ’tis day’]

Broken

The Broken Heart [‘He is stark mad’]

Cales

Cales and Guiana [‘If you from spoil’]

Calm

The Calm [‘Our storm is past’]

Canon

The Canonization [‘For God's sake hold your tongue’]

Carey

A Letter to the Lady Carey and Mrs. Essex Rich [‘Here where by all’]

CB

To Mr. C. B. [‘Thy friend whom thy deserts’]

Christ

A Hymn to Christ at the Author's Last Going into Germany [‘In what torn ship soever’]

Citizen

A Tale of a Citizen and his Wife (noncanonical) [‘I sing no harme, goodsooth’]

Commun

Community [‘Good we must love’]

Compu

The Computation [‘For the first twenty years’]

ConfL

Confined Love [‘Some man unworthy’]

Corona

La Corona

Cor1

‘Deign at my hands’

Cor2

Annunciation [‘Salvation to all that will is nigh’]

Cor3

Nativity [‘Immensity cloistered in thy dear womb’]

Cor4

Temple [‘With his kind mother who partakes thy woe’]

Cor5

Crucifying [‘By miracles exceeding power of man’]

Cor6

Resurrection [‘Moist with one drop of thy blood’]

Cor7

Ascension [‘Salute the last and everlasting day’]

Coryat

Upon Mr. Thomas Coryat's Crudities [‘Oh to what height’]

Cross

The Cross [‘Since Christ embraced’]

Curse

The Curse [‘Whoever guesses, thinks, or dreams’]

Damp

The Damp [‘When I am dead’]

Disinher

Disinherited [‘Thy father all from thee’]

Dissol

The Dissolution [‘She is dead’]

Dream

The Dream [‘Dear love, for nothing less’]

Eclog

Eclogue at the Marriage of the Earl of Somerset [‘Unseasonable man, statue of ice’]

Ecst

The Ecstasy [‘Where, like a pillow on a bed’]

ED

To E. of D. with Six Holy Sonnets [‘See, Sir, how as the sun's’]

EdHerb

To Sir Edward Herbert [‘Man is a lump’]

EG

To Mr. E. G. [‘Even as lame things’]

EgDD

Epigraph from Death's Duel [‘Corporis haec animae’]

Elegies:

ElAnag

The Anagram [‘Marry and love thy Flavia’]

ElAut

The Autumnal [‘No spring nor summer beauty’]

ElBed

Going to Bed [‘Come, Madam, come’]

ElBrac

The Bracelet [‘Not that in color it was like thy hair’]

ElChange

Change [‘Although thy hand and faith’]

ElComp

The Comparison [‘As the sweet sweat of roses in a still’]

ElExpost

The Expostulation [‘To make the doubt clear’]

ElFatal

On His Mistress [‘By our first strange and fatal interview’]

ElJeal

Jealousy [‘Fond woman which would'st have thy husband die’]

ElNat

‘Nature's lay idiot’

ElPart

His Parting From Her [‘Since she must go’]

ElPerf

The Perfume [‘Once and but once found in thy company’]

ElPict

His Picture [‘Here take my picture’]

ElProg

Love's Progress [‘Whoever loves, if he do not propose’]

ElServe

‘Oh, let not me serve so’

ElVar

Variety [‘The heavens rejoice in motion’]

ElWar

Love's War [‘Till I have peace with thee’]

EpEliz

Epithalamion upon…the Lady Elizabeth [‘Hail, Bishop Valentine’]

EpLin

Epithalamion Made at Lincoln's Inn [‘The sunbeams in the east’]

EtAD

Epitaph for Ann Donne [‘Annae/Georgii More de filiae’]

EtED

Epitaph for Elizabeth Drury [‘Quo pergas, viator’]

EtRD

Epitaph for Robert and Anne Drury [‘Roberti Druri/quo vix alter’]

EtSP

John Donne's Epitaph…in St. Paul's Cathedral [‘Iohannes Donne/Sac: Theol: Profess:’]

Expir

The Expiration [‘So, so, break off’]

Fare

Farewell to Love [‘Whilst yet to prove’]

Father

A Hymn to God the Father [‘Wilt thou forgive’]

Faust

Faustinus [‘Faustinus keeps his sister’]

Fever

A Fever [‘Oh do not die’]

FirAn

The First Anniversary. An Anatomy of the World [‘When that rich’]

Flea

The Flea [‘Mark but this flea’]

Fun

The Funeral [‘Whoever comes to shroud me’]

FunEl

A Funeral Elegy [‘’Tis lost to trust a tomb’]

Gaz

Translated out of Gazaeus [‘God grant thee thine own wish’]

GHerb

To Mr. George Herbert with One of My Seals [‘Qui prius assuetus serpentum’]

Goodf

Goodfriday, 1613. Riding Westward [‘Let man's soul be a sphere’]

GoodM

The Good Morrow [‘I wonder by my troth’]

Ham

An Hymn to the Saints and to the Marquis Hamilton [‘Whether that soul which now comes’]

Har

Obsequies upon the Lord Harrington [‘Fair soul, which wast not only’]

Harb

The Harbinger to the Progress (by Joseph Hall) [‘Two souls move here’]

Heart

‘When my heart was mine own’

Henry

Elegy on the Untimely Death of…Prince Henry [‘Look to me, Faith’]

Hero

Hero and Leander [‘Both robbed of air’]

HG

To Sr. Henry Goodyere [‘Who makes the past a pattern’]

Holy Sonnets:

HSBatter

‘Batter my heart’

HSBlack

‘O my black soul’

HSDeath

‘Death be not proud’

HSDue

‘As due by many titles’

HSLittle

‘I am a little world’

HSMade

‘Thou hast made me’

HSMin

‘If poisonous minerals’

HSPart

‘Father part of his double interest’

HSRound

‘At the round earth's imagined corners’

HSScene

‘This is my play's last scene’

HSShe

‘Since she whom I loved’

HSShow

‘Show me dear Christ’

HSSighs

‘O might those sighs’

HSSouls

‘If faithful souls’

HSSpit

‘Spit in my face’

HSVex

‘O to vex me’

HSWhat

‘What if this present’

HSWhy

‘Why are we by all creatures’

HSWilt

‘Wilt thou love God’

HuntMan

To the Countess of Huntingdon [‘Man to God's image’]

HuntUn

To the Countess of Huntingdon [‘That unripe side of earth’]

HWHiber

H. W. in Hibernia Belligeranti [‘Went you to conquer?’]

HWKiss

To Sir Henry Wotton [‘Sir, more than kisses’]

HWNews

To Sir Henry Wotton [‘Here's no more news’]

HWVenice

To Sir H. W. at His Going Ambassador to Venice [‘After those reverend papers’]

Ignatius, verse from:

IgAver

‘Aversa facie Janum referre’

IgFeath

‘Feathers or straws swim on the water's face’

IgFlow

‘As a flower wet with last night's dew’

IgLark

‘The lark by busy and laborious ways’

IgNoise

‘With so great noise and horror’

IgOper

‘Operoso tramite scandent’

IgPiece

‘That the least piece which thence doth fall’

IgPlum

‘Aut plumam, aut paleam’

IgQual

‘Qualis hesterno madefacta rore’

IgResemb

‘Resemble Janus with a diverse face’

IgSport

‘My little wandering sportful soul’

IgTanto

‘Tanto fragore boatuque’

ILBlest

To Mr. I. L. [‘Blest are your north parts’]

ILRoll

To Mr. I. L. [‘Of that short roll’]

Image

‘Image of her whom I love’

InAA

Inscription in the Album Amicorum of Michael Corvinus [‘In propria venit’]

Ind

The Indifferent [‘I can love both fair and brown’]

InLI

Inscription in a Bible Presented to Lincoln's Inn [‘In Bibliotheca Hospitii’]

Jet

A Jet Ring Sent [‘Thou art not so black’]

Jug

The Juggler [‘Thou callest me effeminate’]

Julia

Julia (non-canonical) [‘Hearke newes, ô Enuy’]

Klock

Klockius [‘Klockius so deeply hath sworn’]

Lam

The Lamentations of Jeremy [‘How sits this city’]

Lect

A Lecture upon the Shadow [‘Stand still and I will read’]

Leg

The Legacy [‘When I died last’]

Liar

The Liar [‘Thou in the fields walkest’]

Libro

De Libro Cum Mutuaretur [‘Doctissimo Amicissimoque v. D. D. Andrews’]

Licent

A Licentious Person [‘Thy sins and hairs’]

Lit

A Litany [‘Father of heaven and him’]

LovAlch

Love's Alchemy [‘Some that have deeper digged’]

LovDeity

Love's Deity [‘I long to talk with some old’]

LovDiet

Love's Diet [‘To what a cumbersome unwieldiness’]

LovExch

Love's Exchange [‘Love, any devil else but you’]

LovGrow

Love's Growth [‘I scarce believe my love to be so pure’]

LovInf

Lovers’ Infiniteness [‘If yet I have not all thy love’]

LovUsury

Love's Usury [‘For every hour that thou wilt spare me’]

Macaron

In Eundem Macaronicon [‘Quot, dos haec, linguists’]

Mark

Elegy on the Lady Markham [‘Man is the world’]

Martial

Raderus [‘Why this man gelded Martial’]

Merc

Mercurius Gallo-Belgicus [‘Like Aesop's fellow slaves’]

Mess

The Message [‘Send home my long strayed eyes’]

Metem

Metempsychosis [‘I sing the progress of a deathless soul’]

MHMary

To the Lady Magdalen Herbert, of St. Mary Magdalen [‘Her of your name’]

MHPaper

To Mrs. M. H. [‘Mad paper stay’]

NegLov

Negative Love [‘I never stooped so low’]

Niobe

Niobe [‘By children's birth and death’]

Noct

A Nocturnal upon St. Lucy's Day [‘’Tis the year's midnight’]

Para

The Paradox [‘No lover saith, I love’]

Philo

An Obscure Writer [‘Philo with twelve years’ study’]

Phrine

Phrine [‘Thy flattering picture, Phrine’]

Praise

To the Praise of the Dead and the Anatomy (by Joseph Hall) [‘Well died the world’]

Prim

The Primrose [‘Upon this primrose hill’]

Prohib

The Prohibition [‘Take heed of loving me’]

Pyr

Pyramus and Thisbe [‘Two by themselves each other’]

Ralph

Ralphius [‘Compassion in the world again is bred’]

Relic

The Relic [‘When my grave is broke up again’]

Res

Resurrection Imperfect [‘Sleep, sleep, old sun’]

RWEnvy

To Mr. R. W. [‘Kindly I envy thy song's’]

RWMind

To Mr. R. W. [‘Muse not that by thy mind’]

RWSlumb

To Mr. R. W. [‘If as mine is thy life a slumber be’]

RWThird

To Mr. R. W. [‘Like one who in her third widowhood’]

RWZeal

To Mr. R. W. [‘Zealously my muse’]

Sal

To the Countess of Salisbury [‘Fair, great, and good’]

Sappho

Sappho to Philaenis [‘Where is that holy fire’]

Satires:

Sat1

‘Away thou fondling motley humorist’

Sat2

‘Sir, though (I thank God for it) I do hate’

Sat3

‘Kind pity chokes my spleen’

Sat4

‘Well, I may now receive and die’

Sat5

‘Thou shalt not laugh in this leaf, Muse’

SB

To Mr. S. B. [‘O thou which to search’]

SecAn

The Second Anniversary. Of the Progress of the Soul [‘Nothing could make me sooner’]

SelfAc

A Self Accuser [‘Your mistress, that you follow whores’]

SelfL

Self Love [‘He that cannot choose but love’]

SGo

Song [‘Go, and catch a falling star’]

Sheaf

A Sheaf of Miscellany Epigrams

Sheaf 1–61:

individual poems within Sheaf

Ship

A Burnt Ship [‘Out of a fired ship’]

Sickness

A Hymn to God My God, in My Sickness [‘Since I am coming’]

Sidney

Upon the Translation of the Psalms by Sir Philip Sidney [‘Eternal God, (for whom who ever dare …)’]

Sorrow

Elegia [‘Sorrow, who to this house’]

SSweet

Song [‘Sweetest love, I do not go’]

Stat

Stationes from Devotions [‘Insultus morbi primus’]

Storm

The Storm [‘Thou which art I’]

SunRis

The Sun Rising [‘Busy old fool, unruly sun’]

Tilman

To Mr. Tilman after He Had Taken Orders [‘Thou whose diviner soul’]

Token

Sonnet. The Token [‘Send me some token’]

Triple

The Triple Fool [‘I am two fools, I know’]

TWHail

To Mr. T. W. [‘All hail sweet poet’]

TWHarsh

To Mr. T. W. [‘Haste thee harsh verse’]

TWHence

To Mr. T. W. [‘At once from hence’]

TWPreg

To Mr. T. W. [‘Pregnant again’]

Twick

Twickenham Garden [‘Blasted with sighs and surrounded with tears’]

Under

The Undertaking [‘I have done one braver thing’]

ValBook

A Valediction of the Book [‘I’ll tell thee now’]

ValMourn

A Valediction Forbidding Mourning [‘As virtuous men pass mildly away’]

ValName

A Valediction of My Name in the Window [‘My name engraved herein’]

ValWeep

A Valediction of Weeping [‘Let me pour forth’]

Wall

Fall of a Wall [‘Under an undermined and shot-bruised wall’]

Will

The Will [‘Before I sigh my last gasp’]

Wing

Sir John Wingfield [‘Beyond th’old pillars’]

Witch

Witchcraft by a Picture [‘I fix mine eye on thine’]

WomCon

Woman's Constancy [‘Now thou has loved me one whole day’]