A Burnt Ship

Original Text: 

John Donne, Poems, by J. D. With elegies on the authors death (M. F. for J. Marriot, 1633). MICF no. 556 Robarts Library. Facs. edn. (Menston: Scolar Press, 1969). PR 2245 A2 1633A. STC 7045

1Out of a fired ship, which by no way
2But drowning could be rescued from the flame,
3Some men leap'd forth, and ever as they came
4Near the foes' ships, did by their shot decay;
5So all were lost, which in the ship were found,
6    They in the sea being burnt, they in the burnt ship drown'd.
Publication Start Year: 
1633
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
2RP.1. 278
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