John Donne
The Sun Rising (c. 1631)

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Busy old fool, unruly Sun,

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Why dost thou thus,

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Through windows, and through curtains, call on us?

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Must to thy motions lovers' seasons run?

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Saucy pedantic wretch, go chide

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Late schoolboys, and sour prentices,

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Go tell court-huntsmen that the king will ride,

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Call country ants to harvest offices,

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Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime,

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Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.

 

 

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Thy beams, so reverend and strong

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Why shouldst thou think?

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I could eclipse and cloud them with a wink,

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But that I would not lose her sight so long:

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If her eyes have not blinded thine,

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Look, and tomorrow late, tell me

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Whether both the Indias of spice and mine

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Be where thou leftst them, or lie here with me.

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Ask for those kings whom thou saw'st yesterday,

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And thou shalt hear: "All here in one bed lay."

 

 

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She is all states, and all princes I,

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Nothing else is.

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Princes do but play us; compar'd to this,

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All honour's mimic, all wealth alchemy.

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Thou, sun, art half as happy as we,

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In that the world's contracted thus;

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Thine age asks ease, and since thy duties be

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To warm the world, that's done in warming us.

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Shine here to us, and thou art everywhere;

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This bed thy centre is, these walls, thy sphere.