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At the round earth's imagined corners (Holy Sonnet 7)

At the round earth's imagined corners (Holy Sonnet 7)


by John Donne

At the round earth's imagined corners (Holy Sonnet 7) Humility Quotes

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Quote #4

here on this lowly ground, (line 12)

The majesty of the Day of Judgment is placed beside the humbleness of human conditions. The last part of the poem pivots on the consecutive words "there" and "here." The speaker removes himself from the center of the action and places himself on the "ground."

Quote #5

Teach me how to repent; for that's as good
As if thou hadst seal'd my pardon, with thy blood. (lines 13-14)

Well, the speaker is still asking for stuff, but at least he wants to know how to "repent," or ask forgiveness for his sins. Repentance is by nature a humble activity.

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