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

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

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ISBN-13: 9780375705489
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/1999
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 780,690
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John Donne was born into a Catholic family in 1572. After a conventional education at Hart Hall, Oxford, and Lincoln's Inn, he took part in the Earl of Essex's expedition to the Azores in 1597. He secretly married Anne More in December 1601 and was imprisoned by her father, Sir George More, in the Fleet two months later. He was ordained as a priest in January 1615 and took a doctorate of divinity at Cambridge the same year. He was made dean of St. Paul's Cathedral in London in 1621, a position he held until his death in 1631. He is famous for the sermons he preached in his later years as well as for his poems.

Andrew Motion is the author of three biographies and a number of books of poetry. He served as Poet Laureate of Great Britain from 1999 to 2009, and is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Motion serves as head of the literature panel of the Arts Council of England and frequently broadcasts on the BBC.

Table of Contents

About the Vintage Spiritual Classicsvii
Preface to the Vintage Spiritual Classics Editionxi
Chronology of the Life of John Donnexxiii
Note on the Textsxxxiii
Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions
The Stations of the Sickness1
1.The First Alteration, the First Grudging, of the Sickness3
2.The Strength and the Function of the Senses, and Other Faculties, Change and Fail8
3.The Patient Takes His Bed13
4.The Physician Is Sent For19
5.The Physician Comes26
6.The Physician Is Afraid32
7.The Physician Desires to Have Others Joined with Him39
8.The King Sends His Own Physician46
9.Upon Their Consultation They Prescribe52
10.They Find the Disease to Steal on Insensibly, and Endeavor to Meet with It So58
11.They Use Cordials, to Keep the Venom and Malignity of the Disease from the Heart64
12.They Apply Pigeons, to Draw the Vapors from the Head71
13.The Sickness Declares the Infection and Malignity Thereof by Spots78
14.The Physicians Observe These Accidents to Have Fallen upon the Critical Days83
15.I Sleep Not Day nor Night91
16.From the Bells of the Church Adjoining, I Am Daily Remembered of My Burial in the Funerals of Others97
17.Now, This Bell Tolling Softly for Another, Says to Me: Thou Must Die102
18.The Bell Rings Out, and Tells Me in Him, That I Am Dead108
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 Purge116
20.Upon These Indications of Digested Matter, They Proceed to Purge125
21.God Prospers Their Practice, and He, by Them, Calls Lazarus out of His Tomb, Me out of My Bed132
22.The Physicians Consider the Root and Occasion, the Embers, and Coals, and Fuel of the Disease, and Seek to Purge or Correct That139
23.They Warn Me of the Fearful Danger of Relapsing145
Death's Duel153
The Life of Dr. John Donne (1640)179
Notes225
Suggestions for Further Reading233

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These meditations and prayers of John Donne are a difficult read - but worth the effort - most of us try to deny the reality of death by almost any means - here is a man struggling to accept death - struggling to find peace while life is slipping away - drawing out important spiritual lessons in the midst of suffering.