Line three enlarged:
John Donne, fragment of “The Flea” (c. 1610)
The long “s” (ſ) gives the line “Me it suck’d first, and now sucks thee” two possible readings.
Please notify William Empson.
Page from Poems on Several Occasions: Written by the Reverend John Donne, ... With Elegies on the Author’s Death. To this Edition is Added, Some Account of the Life of the Author
By John Donne
Published by printed for J. Tonson, and sold by W. Taylor. (1719)