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

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Death

DEATH, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so:
For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death; nor yet canst thou kill me.
From Rest and Sleep, which but thy picture be,
Much pleasure, then from thee much more must flow;
And soonest our best men with thee do go--
Rest of their bones and souls' delivery!
Thou'rt slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell;
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke. Why swell'st thou then?
   One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
   And Death shall be no more: Death, thou shalt die!

Submitted: Saturday, January 04, 2003


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  • Jerrboy Yourmunsdick (12/3/2013 10:51:00 PM)

    this is horible its makes me sick

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  • Jerrboy Yourmunsdick (12/3/2013 10:50:00 PM)

    man this seems like its bean stuck up your but

  • Jerrboy Yourmunsdick (12/3/2013 10:48:00 PM)

    This sucks giant dick that was stuck up your muns but.

  • Random Axible (12/3/2013 10:47:00 PM)

    probably the worst poem ever....

  • Random Axible (12/3/2013 10:47:00 PM)

    probably the worst poem ever....

  • * Sunprincess * (12/3/2013 8:29:00 AM)

    Great poem, I love his view on the mysterious part of life, which is death....nicely written

  • Joseph Ndawula (12/4/2012 10:11:00 AM)

    one short sleep past, we wake eternally, and death shall be no more. Death, thou shalt die perfect phrase for me

  • Mariah Christina (12/3/2012 4:30:00 PM)

    I really liked the use of death as a character!

  • Carlos Echeverria (12/3/2012 10:50:00 AM)

    The only contradiction-and it's Donne intentionally (sorry, couldn't resist the pun) -is that by not giving prideful Death its presumed due respect, our lives are un-burdened by an unnecessary fear.

  • Jihn Akmal (8/9/2012 9:46:00 PM)

    omg this is sooo sad i cant even comprehend how sad i am right now like OMG i feel li8ke cutting myself or even jumping of a cliff like OMG this is soooo sad: (like OMG i feel like a lonely person noe tyhat ive read this poem like OMG shoutout to all my bestfriends and my family in hpe of one of them readibng this: (OMG

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