Holy Sonnet

Batter my heart, three-person’d God ; for you
As yet but knock ; breathe, shine, and seek to mend ;
That I may rise, and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend
Your force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new.
I, like an usurp’d town, to another due,
Labour to admit you, but O, to no end.
Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend,
But is captived, and proves weak or untrue.
Yet dearly I love you, and would be loved fain,
But am betroth’d unto your enemy ;
Divorce me, untie, or break that knot again,
Take me to you, imprison me, for I,
Except you enthrall me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.


1 Response to “Holy Sonnet”

  1. 1 Concerned
    October 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Parkview has a great and well deserved reputation for its compassion and outreach. One only has to look at the list of ministries as evidence of their care for the lost. However at the same time, I wonder if someone unfamiliar with the church and John Donne might stumble upon this poem and feel uncomfortable, as I was. I realize on an intellectual level the point Donne was trying to make here, but the use of the word “ravish” makes me uneasy. This sense of unease was also shared by C S Lewis. He wrote that John Donne was the “saddest” and most “uncomfortable” of our English poets. Could it be that this could serve to distance those who have been wounded or broken, instead of drawing them nearer?

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