John Adams, John Coolidge Adams (1947- ), Harmonium, Part I, Negative Love, Poem by John Donne,
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Edo de Waart, conductor.
Works by Mark Rothko, Marcus Rothkowitz (1903- 1970).
John Donne (1572- 1631).
I never stoop'd so low, as they
Which on an eye, cheek, lip, can prey ;
Seldom to them which soar no higher
Than virtue, or the mind to admire.
For sense and understanding may
Know what gives fuel to their fire ;
My love, though silly, is more brave ;
For may I miss, whene'er I crave,
If I know yet what I would have.
If that be simply perfectest,
Which can by no way be express'd
But negatives, my love is so.
To all, which all love, I say no.
If any who deciphers best,
What we know not—ourselves—can know,
Let him teach me that nothing. This
As yet my ease and comfort is,
Though I speed not, I cannot miss.