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THE POET JOHN DONNE
1572 - 1631
Busie old foole, unruly Sunne,
to thy motions = according to your movements, i.e. sunrise, sunset, movement across the sky.
sowre prentices = bad tempered, irritable apprentices.
country ants = those who live in the country, in rural areas, and toil with the harvest etc.
harvest offices = duties of getting in the harvest.
clyme = climate, part of the world with a particular climate (as governed by the sun).
Thy beames etc. - inversion of word order. 'Why should you think that your beams are so revered and so strong?'
with a winke = by closing my eyes.
both the Indias of spice and Myne - probably a reference to the spice islands of the East Indies, and to the Americas, which were fabulously rich in gold and silver mines (mynes). See OED India 2: 1613 Purchas Pilgrimage (1614) 451 The name of India, is now applied to all farre-distant Countries, not in the extreeme limits of Asia alone; but even to whole America, through the errour of Columbus..who..in the Westerne world, thought that they had met with Ophir, and the Indian Regions of the East.
mimique = mimicry, a charade, acting and therefore not real.
Thine age askes ease = Being of advanced years you obviously require rest and retirement.
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