Sermon Preached to the Lords upon Easter-day, at the Communion

by John Donne


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Most people who know the name “John Donne” remember the man for his poetry. During his lifetime, however, Donne had achieved fame for his sermons, and he expected they would remain his claim to fame as the centuries passed. Donne’s 1619 Easter sermon would later become one of his greatest achievements in spite of the fact that he had to give it on very short notice. At the time, King James I was ill enough that many feared for his life. When Donne delivered his sermon to the English nobility, his message about the inevitability of death fell on sympathetic ears. The sermon may remind readers of Donne’s poetry of one of the poet’s best-known sonnets, “Death Be Not Proud.”

Kathleen O’Bannon
CCEL Staff
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John Donne
Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia
Born: January 21, 1572, London, England
Died: March 31, 1631, London, England
Related topics: Church of England, Criticism, interpretation, etc., Donne, John,--1572-1631, England, English poetry--Early modern
Basic information: John Donne (between 24 January and 19 June 1572 – 31 March 1631) was an English poet, satirist, lawyer and priest. He is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets. His works are noted for their strong, sensual style and include sonnets, love poetry, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams, elegies, songs, satires and sermons. His poetry is noted for its vibrancy of language and inventiveness of metaphor, especially compared to that of his contemporaries.
Popular works: John Donne's Devotions, Death's Duel, John Donne's Sermon Preached at the Spital, Sermon Preached to the Lords upon Easter-day, at the Communion

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