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Batter my heart (Holy Sonnet 14)

Batter my heart (Holy Sonnet 14)

by John Donne

Religion Quotes

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Quote #4

Divorce me, untie, or break that knot again, (line 11)

The "again" might refer to that other major moment when God needed to untie people and break their knot: when he banishes Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden for eating from the Tree of Knowledge.

Quote #5

Take me to you, imprison me, for I,
Except you enthrall me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me. (lines 12-14)

Check out the "Detailed Summary" and the second "Quote" in this section for more on this, but remember that in many branches of Christianity, suffering in life is a key step for getting into Heaven. This all comes from the Bible, and especially the passage: "Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal." (John 12:24-25).

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