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Published on Feb 10, 2011
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.