Devotions upon Emergent Occasions and Death's Duel With the Life of Dr. John Donne by Izaak Walton

ISBN-10: 0375705481

ISBN-13: 9780375705489

Edition: 1999

Authors: John Donne, Andrew Motion

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John Donne (1572-1631) is best known as the greatest English metaphysical poet. But there was another dimension to Donne's life and writing that, if less well known, is no less profound and beautiful. Born into an aristocratic Catholic family, Donne joined the Church of England at the age of twenty-one out of fear of persecution. At the age of forty-three, he gave up his preoccupations with secular prestige and devoted himself utterly to religion. It was eight years later when, battered with fever, the deaths of his beloved wife, several of his children, and many dear lifelong friends, he composed Devotions upon Emergent Occasions. There is both trauma and great drama in this extended meditation on the meaning of mortality, the possibility of salvation, and the true nature of the passage of eternal life. With a new introduction by poet and biographer Andrew Motion, one of the most revered books of Christian devotion speaks to us again of the higher aspirations of man and the always-present possibility of a relationship with God. This long out of print edition also contains Donne's last sermon, "Death's Duel" as well as the short colorful biography of him written by his contemporary Izaak Walton.
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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/7/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484

Poet and churchman John Donne was born in London in 1572. He attended both the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, but did not receive a degree from either university. He studied law at Lincoln's Inn, London, in 1592, and was appointed private secretary to Sir Thomas Egerton, Keeper of the Great Seal, in 1598. He became an Anglican priest in 1615 and was appointed royal chaplain later that year. In 1621 he was named dean of St. Paul's Cathedral. Donne prepared for his own death by leaving his sickbed to deliver his own funeral sermon, "Death's Duel", and then returned home to have a portrait of himself made in his funeral shroud. He died in London on March 31, 1631.

About the Vintage Spiritual Classics
Preface to the Vintage Spiritual Classics Edition
Chronology of the Life of John Donne
Note on the Texts
Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions
The Stations of the Sickness
The First Alteration, the First Grudging, of the Sickness
The Strength and the Function of the Senses, and Other Faculties, Change and Fail
The Patient Takes His Bed
The Physician Is Sent For
The Physician Comes
The Physician Is Afraid
The Physician Desires to Have Others Joined with Him
The King Sends His Own Physician
Upon Their Consultation They Prescribe
They Find the Disease to Steal on Insensibly, and Endeavor to Meet with It So
They Use Cordials, to Keep the Venom and Malignity of the Disease from the Heart
They Apply Pigeons, to Draw the Vapors from the Head
The Sickness Declares the Infection and Malignity Thereof by Spots
The Physicians Observe These Accidents to Have Fallen upon the Critical Days
I Sleep Not Day nor Night
From the Bells of the Church Adjoining, I Am Daily Remembered of My Burial in the Funerals of Others
Now, This Bell Tolling Softly for Another, Says to Me: Thou Must Die
The Bell Rings Out, and Tells Me in Him, That I Am Dead
At Last the Physicians, After a Long and Stormy Voyage, See Land: They Have So Good Signs of the Concoction of the Disease, as That They May Safely Proceed to Purge
Upon These Indications of Digested Matter, They Proceed to Purge
God Prospers Their Practice, and He, by Them, Calls Lazarus out of His Tomb, Me out of My Bed
The Physicians Consider the Root and Occasion, the Embers, and Coals, and Fuel of the Disease, and Seek to Purge or Correct That
They Warn Me of the Fearful Danger of Relapsing
Death's Duel
The Life of Dr. John Donne (1640)
Suggestions for Further Reading
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