John Constable's Clouds

John Constable's Clouds

John Constable's Clouds

John Constable's Clouds

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CLOUDS were once the thrones of the gods; on them the angels knelt and the saints took their rest. It was a pillar of cloud in which the Lord went before the Jews to lead them out of Egypt to the land of Canaan and a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle (Exodus xl. 34) -- and when the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle the children of Israel journeyed: and in the place where the cloud abode, there the children of Israel pitched their tents (Numbers ix. 17). But the Lord looked through the pillar of fire and of the cloud (Exodus xiv. 24). This phenomenon of the cloud in which God had secretly revealed Himself to His people was considered of such fundamental importance and so strongly impressed the imagination of the Jews that centuries later St. Paul recalled in his first Letter to the Corinthians that 'all our fathers were under the cloud'(x. 1).

Gradually, however, the conception of clouds changed from the sublime to the . . .

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