Devotions upon Emergent Occasions


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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." (Summary by Wikipedia)

(5 hr 59 min)

Chapters

00 - Dedication 2:36 Read by Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit
01 - Devotion 1 13:04 Read by Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit
02 - Devotion 2 12:01 Read by David Barnes
03 - Devotion 3 16:57 Read by Andrew Coleman
04 - Devotion 4 17:41 Read by Andrew Coleman
05 - Devotion 5 16:41 Read by Alana Jordan
06 - Devotion 6 18:01 Read by Alana Jordan
07 - Devotion 7 20:11 Read by Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit
08 - Devotion 8 16:26 Read by Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit
09 - Devotion 9 16:05 Read by Fr. Richard Zeile of Detroit
10 - Devotion 10 15:25 Read by Justin Brett
11 - Devotion 11 18:48 Read by Kevin Lavin
12 - Devotion 12 15:59 Read by Philippa
13 - Devotion 13 10:25 Read by David Lawrence
14 - Devotion 14 19:35 Read by Justin Brett
15 - Devotion 15 14:03 Read by Philippa
16 - Devotion 16 11:37 Read by David Lawrence
17 - Devotion 17 13:00 Read by TriciaG
18 - Devotion 18 15:22 Read by TriciaG
19 - Devotion 19 18:24 Read by TriciaG
20 - Devotion 20 13:09 Read by TriciaG
21 - Devotion 21 15:03 Read by TriciaG
22 - Devotion 22 12:27 Read by TriciaG
23 - Devotion 23 16:21 Read by TriciaG