April 6 – John Donne – – “never send to know for whom the bell tolls”

Monday, April 6, 2020

Maryann McLaughlin, an alumna and good friend, sent this long-famous poem (1624) to accompany her observation about the world’s present condition.  She wrote yesterday: “someone said something today about how we can’t be all about just America right now, and this came into my mind.  No man is an island.  So i looked it up.”

Best to read the poem out loud, several times, with pauses.   Have a blest day.


john st sj


Today’s Post:  Meditation XVII  – Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe;
every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine;
if a Clod bee washed away by the SeaEurope is the lesse,
as well as if a Promontorie were,
as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were;

any mans death diminishes me,
because I am involved in Mankinde;

And therefore

never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.

John Donne  1572 – 1631



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