John Donne

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

A Jet Ring Sent - Poem by John Donne

Thou art not so black as my heart,
Nor half so brittle as her heart, thou art ;
What would'st thou say ? shall both our properties by thee be spoke,
—Nothing more endless, nothing sooner broke?

Marriage rings are not of this stuff ;
Oh, why should ought less precious, or less tough
Figure our loves ? except in thy name thou have bid it say,
'—I'm cheap, and nought but fashion ; fling me away.'

Yet stay with me since thou art come,
Circle this finger's top, which didst her thumb ;
Be justly proud, and gladly safe, that thou dost dwell with me ;
She that, O ! broke her faith, would soon break thee.


Comments about A Jet Ring Sent by John Donne

  • Alexander Julian (4/27/2017 9:09:00 AM)


    This is a dimension of identity. (Report) Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (12/19/2016 11:37:00 PM)


    A very heart touching commentary on the fragile and unpredictable man-woman relationships.
    shall both our properties by thee be spoke,
    Marriage rings are not of this stuff;
    (Report) Reply

  • Seamus O' Brian (12/19/2016 10:49:00 AM)


    Such a poignant contemplation, a ring returned, symbol of broken love. How he relates the emotion of his heart to us through this brief conversation with a token piece of returned jewelry is brilliant. (Report) Reply

  • Ellias Anderson Jr. (12/19/2016 9:42:00 AM)

    Lovely
    Donn's poetry is brilliant, as the founder of the metaphysical school he's really awesome (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/19/2016 5:47:00 AM)

    Gladly safe
    Dwell with me. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (12/19/2016 5:02:00 AM)

    tom allport
    love's endless saga and some other things are just as precious? (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/19/2016 2:18:00 AM)

    Yet stay with me
    It reminds me of the song TILL DEATH DO US PART popularized by WHITE LION...... Nice poem..... (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani (6/22/2014 1:42:00 PM)


    Marriages are meant to be forever, nice poem here (Report) Reply

  • (11/19/2013 10:54:00 PM)


    love thrown away... as easily as throwing away the ring... nicely written... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 9, 2010

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 22, 2012


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