Sermon Preached to the Lords upon Easter-day, at the Communion

by John Donne


Most people who know the name “John Donne” remember the man for his poetry. During his lifetime, however, Donne had achieved fame for his sermons, and he expected they would remain his claim to fame as the centuries passed. Donne’s 1619 Easter sermon would later become one of his greatest achievements in spite of the fact that he had to give it on very short notice. At the time, King James I was ill enough that many feared for his life. When Donne delivered his sermon to the English nobility, his message about the inevitability of death fell on sympathetic ears. The sermon may remind readers of Donne’s poetry of one of the poet’s best-known sonnets, “Death Be Not Proud.”

Kathleen O’Bannon
CCEL Staff

About John Donne

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Picture of John Donne
Picture of John Donne
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Born: January 22, 1572
Died: March 31, 1631
Related topics: English poetry--Early modern, England, Criticism, interpretation, etc., Donne, John,--1572-1631, Church of England, …
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