Letter to Sir Henry Goodere

…but mine needed an occupation, and a course which I thought I entered well into, when I submitted myself to such a service, as I thought might employed those poor advantages, which I had. And there I stumbled too, yet I would try again: for to this hour I am nothing, or so little, that I am scarce subject and argument good enough for one of mine own letters: yet I fear, that doth not ever proceed from a good root, that I am  am so well content to be less, that is dead.

From Letters to severall persons of honour written by John Donne, LONDON, Printed by J. Flesher, for Richard Marriot, and are to be sold at his shop in St Dunstans Church-yard under the Dyall. 1651.