Batter My Heart, Three Personed God

John Donne’s famous sonnet, Batter My Heart is a tale of one man’s battle to submit to God’s will.  He writes eloquently of his own stubbornness, his innate opposition to being visited by God, even though God is the very thing that he wants most.  He laments that his reason is held captive and that he finds himself “betrothed” to God’s enemy, Satan presumably.  He presents this longed-for visitation from God as a violation.  And it even has a sexual theme to it, “Except you enthrall me, never shall be free, nor chaste, except you ravish me”.

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,
Labor to’admit you, but oh, to no end;
Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend,
But is captiv’d, and proves weak or untrue.
Yet dearly’I love you, and would be lov’d 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.


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