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Sermon TitleSermon on Lamentations 4:20 (descriptive title)
Extentff. 1-38
Composition Date -
Primary LanguageEnglish
Text TypeSermon
Sermon Type(s)Anniversary
Associated Peoplepreacher - Donne, John
Associated Sermons
Preachings1622-11-05 (old) - St Paul's Cathedral - Anniversary of the Gunpowder plot; Donne was supposed to preach the sermon at St Paul's Cross, but it was moved into the cathedral due to bad weather. The date is not given in the manuscript but is noted in the printed version of 1649.
Additional MaterialThe 1649 printed version of the sermon is preceded by a prayer, but it is not included in the manuscript.
Print Editions / WitnessesThree printings: 1) "Sermon XLIII" in Fifty Sermons, Preached by That Learned and Reverend Divine, John Donne, Dr in Divinity, Late Deane of the Cathedrall Church of S. Pauls London, vol. 2 (London, 1649), pp. 396-411; 2) "Number 4" in George R. Potter and Evelyn M. Simpson, eds., The Sermons of John Donne, vol. 4 (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1959); 3) "The Anniversary Celebration or our Deliverance from the Powder Treason. Intended for Paul’s Cross, but by reason of the weather, preached in the Church, November 5, 1622. [Lam. 4.20]" in The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne, vol. 8, ed. Mary Morrissey (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
DescriptionDonne's sermon on the Anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot in 1622. After he preached the sermon, James I commanded a copy to examine, which appears to be this copy. The sermon was copied down by a scribe, but Donne himself made corrections. This is the only known autograph sermon by Donne. The text in the manuscript has several differences from the printed version of 1649, which are noted in Shami's facsimile edition (1996); see pp. 7, 33-35.
Source of DataJeanne Shami; Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne website; Jeanne Shami, ed., John Donne's 1622 Gunpowder Plot Sermon: A Parallel Text Edition (Duquense: Pittsburgh, 1996)
Other Note
Attached URLs:
URLNotes Edition of the Sermons of John Donne website, vol. VIII
GEMMS record createdJune 09, 2017
GEMMS record last editedJune 09, 2017