The most famous meditation from 'Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions'....
|Title||:||Meditation XVII - Meditation 17|
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Meditation XVII - Meditation 17 Reviews
"Nunc Lento Sonitu Dicunt, Morieris (Now this bell, tolling softly for another, says to me, Thou must die.)"This meditation is most remembered now a days as the namesake for the Hemingway novel For Whom the Bell Tolls and Thomas Merton's book No Man Is an Island. But it is more deep and much more important than that. This meditation mainly focuses on the universality of man and how death chips away at the whole but does not stop the whole from being universal. Or something like that. But as much as it may seem to not be anything special it is obvious that this meditation is a very moving one, to suggest that we all, whether realize it or not, have a vested interest in each other. Now the bell that figures throughout this prose is symbolizing, or really announcing, death. But as the narrator thinks on it he comes to feel that this bell does not simply announce one death but a dying in every one. "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." I think, in the end, what Donne is trying to get across is that though death, whether it is his own or someone who he does not know, tries to put you into the void it is God who still keeps man unified. For an interesting, secular version of this I would read George Eliot's O May I Join the Choir Invisible!. " Another man may be sick too, and sick to death, and this affliction may lie in his bowels, as gold in a mine, and be of no use to him; but this bell, that tells me of his affliction, digs out and applies that gold to me: if by this consideration of another's danger I take mine own into contemplation, and so secure myself, by making my recourse to my God, who is our only security."
Great prose, great Gospel.
"For Whom the Bell Tolls"By John DonnePERCHANCE he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls for him; and perchance I may think myself so much better than I am, as that they who are about me, and see my state, may have caused it to toll for me, and I know not that. The church is Catholic, universal, so are all her actions; all that she does belongs to all. When she baptizes a child, that action concerns me; for that child is thereby connected to that body which is my head too, and ingrafted into that body whereof I am a member. And when she buries a man, that action concerns me: all mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated; God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice; but God's hand is in every translation, and his hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again for that library where every book shall lie open to one another. As therefore the bell that rings to a sermon calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come, so this bell calls us all; but how much more me, who am brought so near the door by this sickness. There was a contention as far as a suit (in which both piety and dignity, religion and estimation, were mingled), which of the religious orders should ring to prayers first in the morning; and it was determined, that they should ring first that rose earliest. If we understand aright the dignity of this bell that tolls for our evening prayer, we would be glad to make it ours by rising early, in that application, that it might be ours as well as his, whose indeed it is. The bell doth toll for him that thinks it doth; and though it intermit again, yet from that minute that this occasion wrought upon him, he is united to God. Who casts not up his eye to the sun when it rises? but who takes off his eye from a comet when that breaks out? Who bends not his ear to any bell which upon any occasion rings? but who can remove it from that bell which is passing a piece of himself out of this world? 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. Neither can we call this a begging of misery, or a borrowing of misery, as though we were not miserable enough of ourselves, but must fetch in more from the next house, in taking upon us the misery of our neighbours. Truly it were an excusable covetousness if we did, for affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it. No man hath affliction enough that is not matured and ripened by it, and made fit for God by that affliction. If a man carry treasure in bullion, or in a wedge of gold, and have none coined into current money, his treasure will not defray him as he travels. Tribulation is treasure in the nature of it, but it is not current money in the use of it, except we get nearer and nearer our home, heaven, by it. Another man may be sick too, and sick to death, and this affliction may lie in his bowels, as gold in a mine, and be of no use to him; but this bell, that tells me of his affliction, digs out and applies that gold to me: if by this consideration of another's danger I take mine own into contemplation, and so secure myself, by making my recourse to my God, who is our only security...
Ninguem é uma ilhaNao fomos feitos para o isolamento. Deus nos fez para nos amarmos.We are no made for loliness but for love. You re alone if you want
"No Man is an Island"By John DonneNo 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'sOr 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.
Not worth the effort to download. This should be one of,the most beautiful meditations ever written, but this version is a one page poem. That's it. Crazy and pretty disrespectful.
The last line always gives me chills. Love it.
Good poetry is always appreciated. The ideas in this poem about unity bring a positive feeling and a good sense of belonging, even if you don't buy into the religious tenet.
This really isn't a good you read ... but pick up once in a while.
No man is island...the bell tolls for thee