4.08.2011

For Whom the Bell Tolls


Below is a poem by John Donne that has always inspired me:

For Whom the Bell Tolls
( No Man is an Island)
by John Donne

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each 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 thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

*Taken from the 1624 Meditation 17, from Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions.

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