Of John Donne and Coronavirus: Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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8 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    I’ll be reading this over and over again all week…it is perfect for the times we are in.
    Thank you, Duane.

  2. Duane Arnold says:


    I thought the same as I was reading the Meditation yesterday…

  3. Mike Ehrmantrout says:

    Wow. Thank you, Duane, for sharing this wonderful writing with us; It’s so aprahos to what we’re now experiencing. ..”any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind..” I see the dreadful pictures on television of the bodies being wheeled out of the hospitals, victims of the virus, and I do feel diminished. And sad. And then, these gems: “for affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it. “No man hath affliction enough that is not matured and ripened by and made fit for God by that affliction.” What precious truth. Thank You, God, for my afflictions, as You have given them to me for my benefit..always demonstrating Your great love and grace even in our sufferings.

  4. Duane Arnold says:


    So glad that it is helpful… it certainly was for me.

  5. Nancy Holmes says:

    Thank you Duane, for your meditation on Donne’s meditation. It calls me from my reclusive cave and my self-centered mourning and gives a larger meaning to my small griefs. What a refreshing delight Donne is, in his use of metaphors and his deep understandings. Indeed I feel he rivals Shakespeare whose contemporary he was.

    And this reminds me that I have an anthology of his writings complied and edited by John Moses, titled One Equall Light. Donne needs a slower reading with his archaic language, but any lover of the King James Bible can appreciate him, as Donne was also a contemporary of King James.

    I am thankful for the faithful testimony of his dependence on God. He was not well known in his time and I hope he will become more appreciated in our challenging times.

  6. Duane Arnold says:


    I know that anthology and like it… Donne is remarkable.

  7. Michael says:

    Good to see you, Nancy.
    I’m so glad we are gifted content like this…real food for the soul.

  8. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    I know that for a lot of people Shakespeare is “officially” the “better” poet but John Donne is the better poet and wrote some pretty good sermons on the Psalms. But then I like Haydn way more than Mozart and a bit more than Beethoven.

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