A few nice John Donne images I found:

    John Donne’s House

    Image by Simon Greig (xrrr)
    An Elizabethan summerhouse that is part of Pyrford Place. John Donne, Poet and Dean of St Paul’s, lived here 1600 – 1604.

    Prospect Cottage poem wall: “The Sunne Rising” by John Donne

    Image by dumbledad
    Here’s the full poem [with the bits Derek Jarman missed out in square brackets]. (And there’s a reading guide on the Poetry Foundation site.)

    The Sunne Rising
    by John Donne

    Busie old foole, unruly Sunne,
    Why dost thou thus,
    Through windowes, and through curtaines call on us?
    Must to thy motions lovers seasons run?
    Sawcy pedantique wretch, goe chide
    Late schoole boyes, and sowre prentices,
    Goe tell Court-huntsmen, that the King will ride,
    Call countrey ants to harvest offices;
    Love, all alike, no season knowes, nor clyme,
    Nor houres, dayes, moneths, which are the rags of time.

    [Thy beames, so reverend, and strong
    Why shouldst thou thinke?
    I could eclipse and cloud them with a winke,
    But that I would not lose her sight so long:
    If her eyes have not blinded thine,
    Looke, and to morrow late, tell mee,
    Whether both the’India’s of spice and Myne
    Be where thou leftst them, or lie here with mee.
    Aske for those Kings whom thou saw’st yesterday,
    And thou shalt heare, All here in one bed lay.

    She’is all States, and all Princes, I,
    Nothing else is.
    Princes doe but play us; compar’d to this,
    All honor’s mimique; All wealth alchimie.]
    Thou sunne art halfe as happy’as wee,
    In that the world’s contracted thus;
    Thine age askes ease, and since thy duties bee
    To warme the world, that’s done in warming us.
    Shine here to us, and thou art every where;
    This bed thy center is, these walls, thy spheare.


    Yours, Mine and Ours

    “Is that right, YOUR going to grow some tomatoes”. Now, knowing I am the official and only gardener of our grounds, this was an interesting desire on his part as we both know exactly how he was going to accomplish this effort.

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