Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tristan und Isolde

by John Donne

I WONDER by my troth, what thou and I
Did, till we loved ? were we not wean'd till then ?
But suck'd 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 mix'd equally ;
If our two loves be one, or thou and I
Love so alike that none can slacken, none can die.


Gillian said...

Great photo to go with this! Where is it from? I love it!!!

Yoli said...

It is from the movie Tristan and Isolde.

mermaid musings said...

I love all kind of period movies! I collect them in fact.
Beautiful poem, love poetry!!!
I am printing this one for my collages or maybe for my altered book project.
p.s. I love your blog and like you do, I do spend my money in etsy too, at least once a week, LOL
I adore Maddie's pictures.
hugs to you and I am coming back again for more, you rock!
Thank you!