John Donne

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"Affliction is a treasure, and scarce

John Donne Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, Meditation 17

Ann's father, Sir George More, was furious when he became aware of the secret marriage. It was the tradition at the time that the family arranged marriages. Also, Ann was only sixteen or seventeen at time and Donne was twenty nine. George More was a wealthy landowner, and immediately used his influence to have Donne jailed and dismissed from his position as Egerton's secretary. Donne's hope for worldly success was gone. This fiasco and his Catholic background were to prevent him from having a public career. Ann's father initiated proceedings before the High Commission to have the marriage annulled. It was during this time period that Donne supposedly wrote his "sad letter to his Wife" that contained the following well known line: "John Donne, Anne Donne, Un-done." Bald, however, in his account of the marriage notes that the pun on Donne's name was probably not his at all. He states that this line has been inaccurately attributed to Donne (139).

Reasonably upset, Donne brought his own suit before the court to tes

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