Digital Donne: the Online Variorum

click image to return to main page
Previous image Next image The 1654 Prose Letters  Letter 22 (p.65)

Though my friendship be good for
nothing else, it may give you the pro-
fit of a tentation, or of an affliction: It may
excuse your patience; and though it can-
not allure, it shall importune you. Though
I know you have many worthy friends of
all rankes, yet I adde something, since I
which am of none, would fain be your
friend too. There is some of the honour
and some of the degrees of a Creation, to
make a friendship of nothing. Yet, not to
annihilate my self utterly (for though it
seem humblenesse, yet it is a work of as
much almightinesse, to bring a thing to
nothing, as from nothing) though I be not
of the best stuffe for friendship, which men
of warm and durable fortunes only are, I
cannot say, that I am not of the best fashion,
if truth and honesty be that; which I must
ever exercise, towards you, because I learned
it of you: for the conversation with wor-
thy men, and of good example, (though it
[CW: sow]

Comments and questions about this page to