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VERSES: The Flea  

Mary Daley 2014
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts
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The Flea by John Donne

Mark but this flea, and mark in this,   
How little that which thou deniest me is;   
It sucked me first, and now sucks thee,
And in this flea our two bloods mingled be;   
Thou know’st that this cannot be said
A sin, nor shame, nor loss of maidenhead,
    Yet this enjoys before it woo,
    And pampered swells with one blood made of two,
    And this, alas, is more than we would do.

Oh stay, three lives in one flea spare,
Where we almost, nay more than married are.   
This flea is you and I, and this
Our mariage bed, and marriage temple is;   
Though parents grudge, and you, w'are met,   
And cloistered in these living walls of jet.
    Though use make you apt to kill me,
    Let not to that, self-murder added be,
    And sacrilege, three sins in killing three.

Cruel and sudden, hast thou since
Purpled thy nail, in blood of innocence?   
Wherein could this flea guilty be,
Except in that drop which it sucked from thee?   
Yet thou triumph’st, and say'st that thou   
Find’st not thy self, nor me the weaker now;
    ’Tis true; then learn how false, fears be:
    Just so much honor, when thou yield’st to me,
    Will waste, as this flea’s death took life from thee.

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Mary Daley

My name is Mary Daley and I will be graduating from HUHS in the class of 2014. I have participated in many co-carricular activities at HUHS, including National Honor Society, Math Club, Math Team, and SMART Team. I am also a competative Irish dancer with Trinity Academy, and I have competed at the regional, national, and world levels. In 2011, I competed at the World Championships of Irish Dance on a team, and we received 3rd and 5th places.I have also traveled to France, Spain, Belgium, and Italy to represent Trinity and the United States in international music and dance festivals. Some of my hobbies and leisure activities include playing piano, camping, kayaking, hiking, traveling, and reading. After I graduate high school, I hope to study biology and biomedical science in a pre-med program at either Marquette University, Emory University, or the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. I also hope to attend medical school and become a medical examiner or forensic pathologist one day. 


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