Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Batter my heart

Batter my heart, three-personed God, for you
as yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
that I may rise and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend
your force to break, blow, burn and make me new.
I, like an usurped town, to another due,
labor to admit you, but oh, to no end;
reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend,
but is captived, and proves weak or untrue.
Yet dearly I love you, and would be loved fain,
but am betrothed unto your enemy:
divorce me, untie, or break that knot again,
take me to you, imprison me, for I
except you enthrall me, never shall be free,
nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.

John Donne, 1573-1631