Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Batter My Heart

Batter my heart, three-person'd 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 usurp'd town, to another due,
Labour to admit you, but O, 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 betroth'd 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.

This is one of my favorite poems, a sonnet by John Donne.

It is a dangerous prayer to ask God to batter your heart in such away that it becomes untangled from all other things but Him. But such a prayer must be offered, that we would be divorced from all other allegiances and found only with eyes for Him.

A dangerous prayer, a possibly difficult prayer, but a necessary one.


Daniel VanDyke said...

My favorite poet beside Edmund Spenser. I read this poem three times in separate lit classes at college. My agnostic to atheist professors seemed fixated on it. It broke their categories.

Erin said...

it's sad that when I read the title of your blog post I thought maybe Jeanette and the kids had made you pancakes...
Although John Donne is lovely as well.

bobby moss said...

That made me laugh Erin =)

Going to check out Edmund Spenser now Daniel! =)