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 lessee,

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.

john donne

excerpt from meditation xvii ❣️

β€” Devotions upon Emergent Occasions (pub. 1624)
there is more to the well-known excerpt

…but this bell that tells me of his affliction…


a favorite which i have recited through the years more often than i wish i had