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Batter my heart, three-person’d God

Batter My Heart

by John Donne / John Adams

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.

Comments

  1. Karoli | October 28th, 2008 | 12:25 am

    wow. I'm just blown away by this. What a magnificent piece, music to poetry to staging… all of it.

  2. cgerrish | October 28th, 2008 | 7:12 am

    It's John Adams's 'Dr. Atomic' – staged by Peter Sellers and commissioned for San Francisco Opera by Pamela Rosenberg. The story is a variation on the Faust theme – It's the story of the atomic bomb and Oppenheimer. Sellers assembled the libretto from news accounts, diaries and the poetry of John Donne and Murial Rukeyser.

  3. WebPixie | October 31st, 2008 | 8:22 am

    The same way as it is with any worthy art form, this segment from Dr. Atomic can be appreciated on many levels. The intent of the author is one, interpretations by the artists constitute another. The message of the director and treatment by the producers tie all of it together.

    One's personal circumstances, and the circumstance of today's world – each is represented here and expressed in a way that seems to apply to only the one level of the viewer or listener. Production and direction make that possible, equal in every regard to the contribution of the artists, authors, and audience, the supporting staff, supervisors, and customers.

    This piece serves almost as a prayerful way to begin one's day – with thanks, love, compassion in tragedy, and hope for rebirth and regeneration, followed by humbled thanks for love that permeates our world.

    Thanks , Cliff. May the new week and the days to come be the start of something new and wonderful.

  4. WebPixie | October 31st, 2008 | 2:22 pm

    The same way as it is with any worthy art form, this segment from Dr. Atomic can be appreciated on many levels. The intent of the author is one, interpretations by the artists constitute another. The message of the director and treatment by the producers tie all of it together.rnrnOne’s personal circumstances, and the circumstance of today’s world – each is represented here and expressed in a way that seems to apply to only the one level of the viewer or listener. Production and direction make that possible, equal in every regard to the contribution of the artists, authors, and audience, the supporting staff, supervisors, and customers.rnrnThis piece serves almost as a prayerful way to begin one’s day – with thanks, love, compassion in tragedy, and hope for rebirth and regeneration, followed by humbled thanks for love that permeates our world.rnrnThanks , Cliff. May the new week and the days to come be the start of something new and wonderful.

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