John Donne


John Donne


Donne secured the post of secretary to Sir Thomas Egerton, Keeper of the Great Seal, in 1598. He outraged his employer’s family by a clandestine marriage to Anne More, the niece of Sir Thomas’s wife, and lost his job. The young couple took refuge in a house at Pyrford in Surrey. There Donne scratched on a pane of glass the words: “John Donne / Anne Donne / Undone.”


Any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

~John Donne
Biographical Note: 

John Donne was a British poet, who entered the Church of England (1615) and became dean of St. Paul’s, London (1621–31). As a young man Donne was the foremost “metaphysical” poet, noted for his beautiful and witty love lyrics. His sermons are also distinguished.