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John Donne : Confined Love

Some man, unworthy to be possessor
Of old, or new love, himselfe being false or weake,
	Thought his paine and shame would be lesser,
If on womankind he might his anger wreake,
			And thence a law did grow,
			One might but one man know;
			But are other creatures so?

Are Sunne, Moone, or Starres by law forbidden,
To smile where they list, or lend away their light?
	Are birds divorc’d, or are they chidden
If they leave their mate, or lie abroad a night?
			Beasts doe no joyntures lose
			Though they new lovers choose,
			But we are made worse then those.

Who e’er rigg’d faire ship to lie in harbors,
And not to seeke new lands, or not to deale withall?
	Or built faire houses, set trees, and arbors,
Only to lock up, or else let them fall?
			Good is not good, unlesse
			A thousand it possesse,
			But doth wast with greedinesse. 

John Donne (1572-1631)	P. 1633

 
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