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‘For whom the bell tolls’, John Donne, and William Perkins

Sullivan, Ceri 2021. ‘For whom the bell tolls’, John Donne, and William Perkins. Notes and Queries , gjab055. 10.1093/notesj/gjab055
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One of the most well-known phrases by Donne may have its origin in an edifying anecdote by William Perkins. In Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions (1624), Donne tells of hearing the passing bell tolling, and wonders if ‘hee for whom this Bell tolls, may bee so ill, as that he knowes not it tolls for him; And perchance I may thinke my selfe so much better than I am, as that they who are about mee, and see my state, may haue caused it to toll for mee, and I know not that’.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0029-3970
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2021
Date of Acceptance: 6 October 2020
Last Modified: 25 May 2021 14:22

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