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Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions - Together with Death's Duel Paperback – July 6, 2010
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"[This edition] adds something to our real wealth. The text that Raspa has established must be as close to finality as anything can be, the bibliographical history of the work is minute and exhaustive, the notes packed with scholarly information, the erudition of the introduction scarcely to be surpassed." --Times Literary Supplement
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John Donne (1572-1631) was a Jacobean poet and preacher, the representative of the so-called metaphysical poets of the period, though the term itself came after his death. His works include sonnets, love poetry, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams, elegies, songs, and sermons. Anthony Raspa is at Universite de Quebec, Chicoutimi. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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For, buried inside the text is a treasure trove of beautiful, practical human philosophy written by Donne as a mature, older man. They are written with great human feeling, but also an amazing sense of the modern. Although written in the 1620s, when Donne was already in his fifties and only a few years before his death, there is an uncanny sense of the modern day in them. In one Devotion, for example, he talks of how diet and exercise are keys to a healthy life! Also, how patience and tolerance for others are vital virtues.
Inside the forbidding format hides a wonderful text full of humanity and wisdom, beautifully written and deserving a far wider audience today!
Thy people were fearful examples of that:
for, how often did their murmuring against thy Ministers,
end in a departing from Thee?
when they would have other officers,
they would have other gods;
and still to daies murmuring,
was to morrowes Idolatrie;
As their murmuring induced Idolatrie,
and they relapsed often into both,
I have found in my selfe, O God,
(O my God, thou hast found it in me,
and thy finding it, hast shewed it to me)
such a transmigration of sinne,
as makes me afraid of relapsing too. . . .
Why, O my God,
is a relapse so odious to thee?
Not so much their murmuring,
and their Idolatry,
as their relapsing into those sinnes,
seems to affect thee,
in thy disobedient people.
American society would rather be blind to its past than allow religion publicly to declare:
know for a certainty,
God will no more drive out any of these Nations
from before you;
but they shall be snares,
and traps unto you,
and scourges in your sides,
and thornes in your eies,
till ye perish. (Joshua 23:12).
The prayer which follows mentions that "Thy holy Apostle, Saint Paul, was shipwrecked thrice, and yet still saved" but I think the Romans kept him locked up until they were really mad at the Christians.