On Donne's Poem "To a Flea"
1Be proud as Spaniards! Leap for pride ye Fleas!
2Henceforth in Nature's mimic World grandees.
3In Phœbus' archives registered are ye,
4And this your patent of Nobility.
7I hail you one and all, sans Pros or Cons,
8Descendants from a noble race of Dons.
9What tho' that great ancestral Flea be gone,
5] skip-Jacks: small bugs, like the spring-beetle that leaps into the air. skip-Johns: Coleridge's neologism, a skip-jack with a less familiar name. Back to Line
6] Anthropophagi: man-eaters, cannibals. Back to Line
10] Donne: John Donne, a Renaissance metaphysical poet. Back to Line
11] gloze: annotation, gloss. Back to Line