Daily Archives: March 3, 2008

John Donne: Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions

A PBB resource of John Donne’s Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions is ready for download at the link below.

Devotions contains the famous phrase “No man is an island, entire of itself”; but it is also a classic on the subject of physical pain and suffering, and in particular, preparation for death. We don’t like to think much about death today, much less muse and write about it.

My favorite quote in Devotions reads: “As death is the wages of sin it is due to me; as death is the end of sickness it belongs to me; and though so disobedient a servant as I may be afraid to die, yet to so merciful a master as thou I cannot be afraid to come;…”