reason your viceroy in me, me should defend

“On the other hand,” I said, “if there are any examples, in the speeches or actions of distinguished men, of endurance in the face of everything, then these are models for our guardians to observe and listen to. For example: 
He smote his chest, and thus rebuked his heart. 
‘Bear up, my heart. You have borne yet worse than this.’ 

“Yes, those are unquestionably the right models,” he said. 
-Plato, The Republic, Book III, 390; quoting the Odyssey, 20.17-18

Heart, my heart, so battered with misfortune far beyond your strength, 
up, and face the men who hate us. Bare your chest to the assault 
of the enemy, and fight them off. Stand fast among the beamlike spears. 
Give no ground; and if you beat them, do not brag in open show, 
nor, if they beat you, run home and lie down on your bed and cry. 
Keep some measure in the joy you take in luck, and the degree you 
give way to sorrow. All our life is up-and-down like this.

-Arkhilokhos 67, trans. R. Lattimore


Batter my heart, three person’d God; for, you 
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend; 
That I may rise, and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend 
Your force, to break, blow, burn and make me new. 
I, like an usurpt town, to 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 weak or untrue. 
Yet dearely I love you, and would be loved fain, 
But am betroth’d unto your enemy:
Divorce me, untie, or break that knot again; 
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, Holy Sonnet 14