Prothalamion

With that, I saw two Swannes of goodly hewe, Come softly swimming downe along the Lee; Two fairer Birds I yet did never see: The snow which doth the top of Pindus strew, Did never whiter shew, . . .

The Historic Poem. This excerpt by John Donne chronicles the fall of an earl (in the court of King James) who was convicted of poisoning a man opposed to the earl's wedding:

UPON THE SUDDEN RESTRAINT OF THE EARL OF SOMERSET, FALLING FROM FAVOR

Dazzled thus with height of place, While our hopes our wits beguile, No man marks the narrow space 'Twixt a prison and a smile. . . .

The Anniversary Poem. This excerpt by Donne, published after his death in 1631, commemorates another year with his wife Anne:

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