Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions And Death's Duel: With The Life Of Dr. John Donne By Izaak Walton

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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, ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375705489
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Series: Vintage Spiritual Classics Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 674,261
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Vintage Spiritual Classics vii
Preface to the Vintage Spiritual Classics Edition xi
Chronology of the Life of John Donne xxiii
Note on the Texts xxxiii
Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions
The Stations of the Sickness 1
1. The First Alteration, the First Grudging, of the Sickness 3
2. The Strength and the Function of the Senses, and Other Faculties, Change and Fail 8
3. The Patient Takes His Bed 13
4. The Physician Is Sent For 19
5. The Physician Comes 26
6. The Physician Is Afraid 32
7. The Physician Desires to Have Others Joined with Him 39
8. The King Sends His Own Physician 46
9. Upon Their Consultation They Prescribe 52
10. They Find the Disease to Steal on Insensibly, and Endeavor to Meet with It So 58
11. They Use Cordials, to Keep the Venom and Malignity of the Disease from the Heart 64
12. They Apply Pigeons, to Draw the Vapors from the Head 71
13. The Sickness Declares the Infection and Malignity Thereof by Spots 78
14. The Physicians Observe These Accidents to Have Fallen upon the Critical Days 83
15. I Sleep Not Day nor Night 91
16. From the Bells of the Church Adjoining, I Am Daily Remembered of My Burial in the Funerals of Others 97
17. Now, This Bell Tolling Softly for Another, Says to Me: Thou Must Die 102
18. The Bell Rings Out, and Tells Me in Him, That I Am Dead 108
19. 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 116
20. Upon These Indications of Digested Matter, They Proceed to Purge 125
21. God Prospers Their Practice, and He, by Them, Calls Lazarus out of His Tomb, Me out of My Bed 132
22. The Physicians Consider the Root and Occasion, the Embers, and Coals, and Fuel of the Disease, and Seek to Purge or Correct That 139
23. They Warn Me of the Fearful Danger of Relapsing 145
Death's Duel 153
The Life of Dr. John Donne (1640) 179
Notes 225
Suggestions for Further Reading 233
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