THE GOOD-MORROW by John Donne (from first year, introduction to poetry, department of English, national university, Bangladesh.

The poem ‘The Good Morrow’ is a representative of Metaphysical poetry included if first year syllabus. It’s the only poem form John Donne or Metaphysical in “Introduction to Poetry Course’. Here is the Main Text of the poem. Supporting material like word meaning, paraphrase, questions and answers will be added soon to aid better comprehension of the poem.

by John Donne

I WONDER by my troth, what thou and I
Did, till we loved ? were we not wean'd till then ?
But suck'd on country pleasures, childishly ?
Or snorted we in the Seven Sleepers' den ?
'Twas so ; but this, all pleasures fancies be ;
If ever any beauty I did see,
Which I desired, and got, 'twas but a dream of thee.

And now good-morrow to our waking souls,
Which watch not one another out of fear ;
For love all love of other sights controls,
And makes one little room an everywhere.
Let sea-discoverers to new worlds have gone ;
Let maps to other, worlds on worlds have shown ;
Let us possess one world ; each hath one, and is one.

My face in thine eye, thine in mine appears,
And true plain hearts do in the faces rest ;
Where can we find two better hemispheres
Without sharp north, without declining west ?
Whatever dies, was not mix'd equally ;
If our two loves be one, or thou and I
Love so alike that none can slacken, none can die.


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