Quotation by John Donne

Go, and catch a falling star,
Get with child a mandrake root,
Tell me, where all past years are,
Or who cleft the devil's foot,
Teach me to her mermaids singing,
Or to keep off envy's stinging,
And find
What wind
Serves to advance an honest mind.
John Donne (c. 1572–1631), British divine, metaphysical poet. repr. In Complete Poetry and Selected Prose, ed. John Hayward (1929). Song: Go, and Catch a Falling Star, Songs and Sonnets (1633).
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