John Donne




The Anniversarie

    All Kings, and all their favorites, 
    All glory of honors, beauties, wits, 
The sun it selfe, which makes times, as they passe, 
Is elder by a yeare, now, than it was 
When thou and I first one another saw: 
All other things to their destruction draw, 
    Only our love hath no decay; 
This, no to morrow hath, nor yesterday, 
Running it never runs from us away, 
But truly keeps his first, last, everlasting day. 

    Two graves must hide thine and my corse; 
    If one might, death were no divorce. 
Alas, as well as other Princes, wee, 
(Who Prince enough in one another bee,) 
Must leave at last in death, these eyes, and eares, 
Oft fed with true oathes, and with sweet salt teares; 
    But soules where nothing dwells but love 
(All other thoughts being inmates) then shall prove 
This, or a love increasèd there above, 
When bodies to their graves, soules from their graves remove. 

    And then we shall be throughly blessed; 
    But wee no more than all the rest; 
Here upon earth we’are Kings, and none but wee 
Can be such Kings, nor of such subjects bee.
Who is so safe as wee? where none can doe 
Treason to us, except one of us two. 
    True and false feares let us refraine, 
Let us love nobly, and live, and adde again 
Yeares and yeares unto yeares, till we attaine 
To write threescore: this is the second of our raigne.