Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, HOLY SONNET: 5, by JOHN DONNE

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First Line: I am a little world made cunningly
Last Line: Of thee and thy house, which doth in eating heal.
Variant Title(s): "holy Sonnets: 15;microcosm;""i Am A Little World Made Cunningly"";
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Sin; Theology

I am a little world made cunningly
Of elements, and an angelic sprite;
But black sin hath betrayed to endless night
My world's both parts, and O, both parts must die.
You which beyond that heaven which was most high
Have found new spheres, and of new lands can write,
Pour new seas in mine eyes, that so I might
Drown my world with my weeping earnestly,
Or wash it if it must be drowned no more.
But O, it must be burnt! Alas, the fire
Of lust and envy have burnt it heretofore,
And made it fouler; let their flames retire,
And burn me, O Lord, with a fiery zeal
Of Thee and Thy house, which doth in eating heal.

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