John Donne

Helen Gardner (ed.), John Donne: The Divine Poems (Second Edition)

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  • 244 Sonne of God heare us, and since thou
  • Critical Apparatus245By taking our blood, ow'st it us againe,
  • Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus246 Gaine to thy selfe, or us allow;
  • 247And let not both us and thy selfe be slaine;
  • 248    O lambe of God, which took'st our sinne
  • 249    Which could not stick to thee,
  • pg 26250O let it not returne to us againe,
  • 251But Patient and Physition being free,
  • Editor’s Note252As sinne is nothing, let it no where be.

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Critical Apparatus
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Critical Apparatus
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Editor’s Note
l. 246. Gaine to thy self, or us allow. Grierson paraphrases: 'If we perish, neither Christ nor we have gained anything by his death.' Cf. Simpson, Essays, pp. 99–100 and
  • Recordare, Jesu pie,
  • Quod sum causa tuae viae,
  • Ne me perdas illa die.
  • Quaerens me sedisti lassus
  • Redemisti crucem passus;
  • Tantus labor non sit cassus.
  • ('Dies Irae')
Editor’s Note
l. 252. As sinne is nothing, let it nowhere be. Cf. 'You know, … in what sense we say in the Schoole, Malum nihil, and Peccatum nihil, that evill is nothing, sin is nothing; that is, it hath no reality, it is no created substance, it is but a privation, as a shadow is, as sicknesse is' (Sermons, vi. 238); cf. also 'That sin is nothing … This is true; but that will not ease my soul, no more then it will ease my body, that sicknesse is nothing, and death is nothing' (Sermons, ii. 99). Donne's paradoxical petition includes the philosophic and the moral view.
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