For Whom the Bell Tolls
Confined to a sickbed, the English poet John Donne penned his finest meditations on life and death.

Being confined to bed with a long illness need not be a burden. For John Donne, it became the occasion for a prolonged meditation on his own mortality, his brotherhood with his urban neighbors, and his desire for union with God.

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John Donne
“Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so …
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.”