No man is an island (Charles West)

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  • (Posted 2016-07-18)   CPDL #40412:     
Editor: Charles West (submitted 2016-07-18).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 146 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: No Man Is an Island
Composer: Charles West
Lyricist: John Donne

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SSAATTBB
Genre: Secular

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 2016


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Original text and translations

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No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man's 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 - Meditation 17 from Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions 1624.