John Donne

Here you will find the Poem Elegy XIV: Julia of poet John Donne

Elegy XIV: Julia

Hark, news, O envy ; thou shalt hear descried 
My Julia ; who as yet was ne'er envied. 
To vomit gall in slander, swell her veins 
With calumny, that hell itself disdains, 
Is her continual practice ; does her best, 
To tear opinion e'en out of the breast 
Of dearest friends, and?which is worse than vile? 
Sticks jealousy in wedlock ; her own child 
Scapes not the showers of envy. To repeat 
The monstrous fashions how, were alive to eat 
Deare reputation ; would to God she were 
But half so loth to act vice, as to hear
My mild reproof. Lived Mantuan now again 
That female Mastix to limn with his pen, 
This she Chimera that hath eyes of fire, 
Burning with anger?anger feeds desire?
Tongued like the night crow, whose ill boding cries 
Give out for nothing but new injuries ; 
Her breath like to the juice in Tænarus, 
That blasts the springs, though ne'er so prosperous ; 
Her hands, I know not how, used more to spill 
The food of others than herself to fill ; 
But O ! her mind, that Orcus, which includes 
Legions of mischiefs, countless multitudes 
Of formless curses, projects unmade up, 
Abuses yet unfashion'd, thoughts corrupt, 
Misshapen cavils, palpable untroths, 
Inevitable errors, self-accusing loaths. 
These, like those atoms swarming in the sun, 
Throng in her bosom for creation. 
I blush to give her halfe her due ; yet say, 
No poison's half so bad as Julia.