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..."that Library where every book shall lie open to one another..."

Which of these is the best interpretation of this phrase from John Donne's Meditation 17?

A:It is a description of Death***
B:It is a description of God
C:It is a description of Hell
D:It is a description of Heaven

Is this correct?

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  1. seems to B is a better response. Who wrote the books? And why?

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    bobpursley
  2. Could be.

    Re-read this part, and let us know if you change your mind or not.

    ... all mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated; God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice; but God's hand is in every translation, and his hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again for that library where every book shall lie open to one another. As therefore the bell that rings to a sermon calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come, so this bell calls us all ...
    http://www.online-literature.com/donne/409/

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    Writeacher
  3. I'm confused in sorts....I still think it is death...God has in a sense decided the terms of each death. As universal author, God will bind together these various “translated” pages, each man a chapter, into a volume which is open to all. In the new universal “library” of mankind, “every book shall lie open to one another.......( My comment here.... So, He is the author of the book....and it describes the deaths....each person has their own chapter in the book.

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  4. Re-read:

    ... all mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated; God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice; but God's hand is in every translation, and his hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again for that library where every book shall lie open to one another.

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    Writeacher
  5. The question revolves around how you are interpreting "that library."

    What is "that library"? Where is it? Whose is it?

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  6. God is the Library.....Heaven.....God's book. So, B: description of God?

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  7. I agree.

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    Writeacher
  8. Is the book the volume of all the people?

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  9. Thank you!...This was very confusing to me. I truly appreciated your help!

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  10. You’re welcome!

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