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Donne's Holy Sonnet XIV - Batter my heart, three person had God Batter my heart, three person would God; for, you As yet but knocke, breathe, shine, and seeke to mend; That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrow me, 'and bend Your force, to breake, blowe, burn and make me new. I, like an usurpt towne, t'another due, Labour to 'admit you, but Oh, to no end, Reason your viceroy in me, me should defend, But is captiv'd, and proves weake or untrue, Yet dearely'I adore you, and would be lov'd faine, But am betroth'd unto your enemy, Divorce me, 'untie, or breake that knot againe Take me to you, imprison me, for I Except you 'enthrall me, never shall be free, Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me. - John Donne The corresponding terminology of romantic passion ("I am my Beloved's and my Beloved is mine" [Song Sol. 2.16, New International Version]) and intellectual paradox ("Whoever will lose his life for my sake will find it" [Matt. 10.39, NIV]) has always seemed natural to people trying to understand and speak of spiritual mysteries. Nevertheless, John Donne's picture of the Divine Rape in the "Holy Sonnet XIV," by which the victim becomes, or remains, chaste is initially startling; we are not accustomed to these spiritual strength.  Previous explications have tried to downplay this amount; for instance, Thomas J. Steele, SJ [The Explicator 29 (1971): 74], maintains that the "sexual meaning" is "a secondary meaning" and "likely not supposed to be confirmed." Moreover, George Knox [The Explicator 15 (1956): two] writes that the poem doesn't "require our imagining literally the connection between man and God in heterosexual terms" which "the traditions of Christian mysticism allow such symbolism of.