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This book is the first volume to be published in The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne, which presents the largest prose output of one of the most celebrated poets and preachers of the seventeenth century. The edition provides freshly edited texts arranged by place of delivery instead of (often speculative) chronology, and offers a wealth of explanatory material for specialist and non-specialist readers alike. Volume III contains the fourteen sermons preached by Donne at the court of Charles I, between the king's accession in 1625 and Donne's death in 1631. It includes the first sermon preached before Charles as king, and Donne's final sermon, known as Deaths Dvell. In each case an authoritative text has been established by freshly collating multiple copies of the seventeenth-century print editions. The introduction describes the institutional and physical context of Donne's Caroline court sermons and analyses his style of preaching and doctrinal positions. For the first time, the sermons appear with a full critical apparatus: headnotes to each sermon describe its textual state and supply local historical context and suggestions for further reading, while extensive commentaries trace Donne's use of his sources, translate passages in foreign languages, and gloss important and unfamiliar words.
David Colclough is Senior Lecturer in English at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography life of John Donne, and the editor of John Donne's Professional Lives (D.S. Brewer, 2003). His monograph Freedom of Speech in Early Stuart England was published by Cambridge University Press in 2005.
Table of Contents
I. Donne as Court Chaplain
II. The Setting
i. Whitehall and the Chapel Royal
ii. St James'
iii. The Court
III. The Sermons
i. Form and Style
ii. Context and Doctrine
ii. Church Fathers
iii. Contemporary commentaries and controversial works
iv. Secular learning
V. The Texts
CALENDAR OF SERMONS, 1625-31
1. The First Sermon Preached to King Charles, At Saint Iames: 3?. April. 1625. [Ps. 11: 3]
2. A Sermon, Preached to the Kings Mtie. at Whitehall, 24. Febr. 1625. [Isa. 50: 1]
3. Preached to the King in my Ordinary wayting at White-hall, 18. Aprill 1626. [John 14: 2]
4. A Sermon Preached to the Houshold at White-hall, April 30. 1626. [Matt. 9: 13]
5. Preached to the King, at White-Hall, the first of April, 1627. [Mark 4: 24]
6. A Sermon Preached at White-hall February 29. 1627. [Acts 7: 60]
7. Preached to the King at White-hall, upon the occasion of the Fast, April 5. 1628 [Ps. 6: 6, 7]
8. Preached to the King at White-hall, April 15. 1628 [Isa. 32: 8]
9. A Lent-SERMON Preached at WHITE-HALL, February 20. 1628. [James 2: 12]
10. Two Sermons Preached before King Charles, Upon the xxvi verse of the first Chapter of genesis. [Gen. 1: 26]
11. The Second Sermon Preached before King Charles, Upon the xxvi verse of the first Chapter of genesis. [Gen. 1: 26]
12. A Lent-SERMON Preached to the KING, At WHITE-HALL, February 12. 1629. [Matt. 6: 21]
13. Preached to the King. April 20. 1630. [Job 16: 17, 18, 19]
14. DEATHS DVELL, OR, A Consolation to the Soule, against the dying Life, and liuing Death of the Body. [Ps. 68: 20]
Elegies printed with Sermon 14
A Note on Donne's portrait in Q1632
INDEX OF BIBLICAL TEXTS