1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Donne

Edmond Malone, 1789; Maloniana, in Sir James Prior, Edmond Malone (1860) 396.



Dr. Donne, the poet, in 1602 married the daughter of Sir George Moore privately against her father's consent, who was so enraged that he not only turned him and his wife out of his house, but got Lord Chancellor Egerton to turn him out of his office as Secretary to the Great Seal. Donne and his wife took refuge in a house at —, in the neighbourhood of his father-in-law, who lived at Lothesby, in the county of Surrey, where the first thing he did was to write on a pane of glass—

John Donne
An Donne
Undone.

These words were visible at that house in 1749. It should be remembered that Donne's name was formerly pronounced Dun. — (From a similar notice found by Mr. [Philip] Neve in an old book.)