Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

John DONNE (1572 - 1631)

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)

Genre(s): General Fiction, *Non-fiction, Religion

Language: English

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