John Donne

(24 January 1572 - 31 March 1631 / London, England)

John Donne Poems

141. Elegy XX (Alternate) Love's War 4/9/2010
142. Elegy XVIII: Love's Progress 1/13/2003
143. Elegy XVII: On His Mistress 4/9/2010
144. Elegy XVI: The Expostulation 1/1/2004
145. Elegy XVI: On His Mistress 1/13/2003
146. Elegy XIX: To His Mistress Going to Bed 1/3/2003
147. Elegy XIV: Julia 4/9/2010
148. Elegy XIII: His Parting From Her 4/9/2010
149. Elegy XII 4/9/2010
150. Elegy XI: The Bracelet 4/9/2010
151. Elegy X: The Dream 1/3/2003
152. Elegy VIII: The Comparison 1/13/2003
153. Elegy VII 1/13/2003
154. Elegy VI 1/13/2003
155. Elegy V: His Picture 5/14/2001
156. Elegy IX: The Autumnal 5/14/2001
157. Elegy IV: The Perfume 1/13/2003
158. Elegy III: Change 1/3/2003
159. Elegy II: The Anagram 1/3/2003
160. Elegy I: Jealousy 1/13/2003

Elegy IV: The Perfume

Once, and but once found in thy company,
All thy supposed escapes are laid on me;
And as a thief at bar is questioned there
By all the men that have been robed that year,
So am I (by this traiterous means surprized)
By thy hydroptic father catechized.
Though he had wont to search with glazed eyes,
As though he came to kill a cockatrice,
Though he hath oft sworn that he would remove

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