JOHN DONNE poem THE GOOD MORROW original English poetry TEXT




John Donne

The Good-Morrow






English literature

Full English text



“The Good-Morrow” is a poem by John Donne, published in his 1633 collection “Songs and Sonnets”.

“The Good-Morrow” was Written while John Donne was a student at Lincoln’s Inn.

The poem “The Good-Morrow” by John Donne is one of his earliest works and is thematically considered to be the “first” work in “Songs and Sonnets”.

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John Donne

The Good-Morrow



English literature

Full English text




I wonder, by my troth,

what thou and I Did,

till we loved?

Were we not weaned till then?

But sucked on country pleasures, childishly?

Or snorted we in the Seven Sleepers’ den?



’Twas so;

but this,

all pleasures fancies be.

If ever any beauty I did see,

Which I desired, and got,

’twas but a dream of thee.



And now good-morrow to our waking souls,

Which watch not one another out of fear;

For love, all love of other sights controls,

And makes one little room an everywhere.


Let sea-discoverers to new worlds have gone,

Let maps to other, worlds on worlds have shown,

Let us possess one world,

each hath one,

and is one.



My face in thine eye,

thine in mine appears,

And true plain hearts do in the faces rest;

Where can we find two better hemispheres,

Without sharp north,

without declining west?



Whatever dies,

was not mixed equally;

If our two loves be one,

or, thou and I Love so alike,

that none do slacken, none can die.



John Donne – The Good-Morrow

English literature, 1633

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