Explain the reference in John Donne's "The Canonization" to a "plaguy bill"?

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In Donne's day (the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries) it was widely believed that warm, humid conditions caused disease. Of course, germ theory was some time away from being developed, and nobody really understood how diseases were transmitted. So it made sense that the temperature of summer, when such diseases as malaria were rampant, was the cause of these ailments. In this passage, Donne is essentially asking a critic of his love affair with a woman, "what is it hurting for me to be in love?" He says that no "merchant ships" have been sunk by his sighs of love, and his tears have not caused any floods. The "heat" of love has not added to the...

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