For Whom the Bell Tolls


John Donne (1572-1631)

No man is an island,
 Entire of itself.
  Each 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 manner of thine own
        Or of thine friend’s were.
         Each man’s death diminishes me,
          For I am involved in mankind.
           Therefore, send not to know
            For whom the bell tolls,
             It tolls for thee.

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