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John Donne
Posted by: Lucylocket (
Date: November 20, 2003 06:43PM

Hello :-)

I'm wondering if anyone can help me with For Whom The Bell Tolls.

There is only a long version of the poem on this site and I'd like to find the words for the shorter one. Does anyone know them? I was in St Pauls Cathedral last week which is where I saw the shorter poem. It starts with No man is an island and ends with Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.



Re: John Donne
Posted by: Marian-NYC (
Date: November 20, 2003 07:07PM

It's a long prose piece, sometimes printed as if it were a poem.

You can read the whole thing at:

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The "short version" is just an excerpt from it:

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 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.

YOU MAY ALSO have seen "shorter versions" that are actually adaptations. There's at least one SONG LYRIC based on this essay ("Devotions" #17). The one I sang in high school started this way:

No man is an island
No man stands alone
Each man's joy is joy to me
Each man's grief is my own

We need one another...

Re: John Donne
Posted by: Linda (
Date: November 20, 2003 07:09PM

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Go to this site and scroll down to the paragraph above XVII Expostulation. The piece you want is the first part of that paragraph.

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