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Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

John Donne (1572-1631)

1. 00 – Dedication
2. 01 – Devotion 1
3. 02 – Devotion 2
4. 03 – Devotion 3
5. 04 – Devotion 4
6. 05 – Devotion 5
7. 06 – Devotion 6
8. 07 – Devotion 7
9. 08 – Devotion 8
10. 09 – Devotion 9
11. 10 – Devotion 10
12. 11 – Devotion 11
13. 12 – Devotion 12
14. 13 – Devotion 13
15. 14 – Devotion 14
16. 15 – Devotion 15
17. 16 – Devotion 16
18. 17 – Devotion 17
19. 18 – Devotion 18
20. 19 – Devotion 19
21. 20 – Devotion 20
22. 21 – Devotion 21
23. 22 – Devotion 22
24. 23 – Devotion 23

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Devotions upon Emergent Occasions is a 1624 prose work by the English writer John Donne. It is a series of reflections that were written as Donne recovered from a serious illness, believed to be either typhus or relapsing fever. (Donne does not clearly identify the disease in his text.) The work consists of twenty-three parts describing each stage of the sickness. Each part is further divided into a Meditation, an Expostulation, and a Prayer.The seventeenth meditation is perhaps the best-known part of the work. It contains the following passage:“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”