John Donne, Dean of St. Paul's, London





Preached at Whitehall (Part 2)

WE KNOW THE RECEIPT, the capacity of the ventricle, the stomach of man, how much it can hold; and wee know the receipt of all the receptacles of blood, how much blood the body can have; so wee do of all the other conduits and cisterns of the body; But this infinite Hive of honey, this insatiable whirlpoole of the covetous mind, no Anatomy, no dissection hath discovered to us. When I looke into the larders, and cellars and vaults, into the vessels of our body for drink, for blood for urine, they are potties, and gallons; when I looke into the furnaces of our spirits, the ventricles of the heart and of the brainy they are not thimbles; for spiritual things, the things of the next world, we have no roome; for temporall things, the things of this world, we have no bounds. How then shall this over-eater bee filled with his honey?

[LXXX. Sermons (70), 1640]

Fr. Lance Mc Adam

The Study has been prepared by Father Lance McAdam

who entered into rest July 14, 2003

May his soul, and the souls of all the departed rest in peace.

And light perpetual shine upon him.

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