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    for whom the babe croons

    Meditation C Upon Fairly Emergent Times by krm:
    "for whom the babe croons"

    No one is an island integral, isolate;
    Each birth replenishes all, for we are the same thought;

    Therefore yearn not to stay the radiance's fell decline -
    That sets for thee;

    Muse not upon the glorious burst of wakening morn -
    That dawns for thee;

    And never seek to learn wherefore yon birthling croons -
    That croons for thee.

    from "Meditation XVII" of "Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions" by John Donne:
    "No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe;... any mans death
    diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde;
    and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."