“Oh, to vex me, contraries meet in one:
Inconstancy unnaturally hath begot
A constant habit; that when I would not
I change in vows, and in devotion.
As humorous is my contrition
As my profane love, and as soon forgot:
As riddlingly distempered, cold and hot,
As praying, as mute; as infinite, as none.
I durst not view heaven yesterday; and today
In prayers and flattering speeches I court God:
Tomorrow I quake with true fear of his rod.
So my devout fits come and go away
Like a fantastic ague; save that here
Those are my best days, when I shake with fear.”
- John Donne, “Oh, to vex me, contraries meet in one” … one of the Holy Sonnets, which becomes a song on the new album by The Welcome Wagon. Soon, we’ll all be joyfully singing the refrain: “Those are my best days, when I shake with fear.”Jun192012
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