Posted by bob on February 21, 2003
In Reply to: John Donne and No man is an island... posted by Harikrishnan Menon on February 20, 2003
: The lines are from John Donne's "Meditation XVII
: - Devotions upon Emergent Occasions".
: The paragraph in context (in modern spelling) is as follows:
: "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 any manner of thy friends 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."
: http://isu.indstate.edu/ilnprof/ENG451/ISLAND will give you additional information.
It has, by the way, been set to music at least twice.