Steps to the Temple: Delights of the Muses, and Other Poems

Steps to the Temple: Delights of the Muses, and Other Poems

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Steps to the Temple: Delights of the Muses, and Other Poems

Steps to the Temple: Delights of the Muses, and Other Poems

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Learned Reader,

T He Authors friend will not usurpe much upon thy eye: This is onely for those whom the name of our Divine Poet bath not yet seized into admiration. I dare undertake that what Jamblicus (in vita Pythagoræ) affirmeth of his Master, at his Contemplations, these Poems can , viz. They shall lift thee, Reader, some yards above the ground: and, as in Pythagoras Schoole , every temper was first tuned into a height by severall proportions of Musick, and spiritualiz'd for one of his weighty Le Ɛ tures ; So moist thou take a Poem hence, and tune thy soule by it, into a heavenly pitch; and thus refined and borne up upon the wings of meditation, In these Poems thou maist talke freely of God, and of that other state.

Here's Herbert's second, but equali , who hath retriv'd Poetry of late, and return'd it up to its Primitive use ; Let it bound back to heaven gates, whence it came. Thinke yee, St. Augustine would have steyned his graver Learning with a booke of Poetry, had he fancied its dearest end to be the vanity of Love-Sonnets, and Epithalamiums? No, no, he thought with this our Poet, that every foot in a high-borne verse, might helpe to measure the soule into that better world. Divine Poetry, I dare hold it, in position against Suarez on the subje Ɛ t, to be the Language of the Angels ; it is the Quintessence of Phantasie and discourse center'd in Heaven ; 'tis the very Out-goings of the soule ; 'tis what alone our Author is able to tell you, and that in his owne verse.

It were prophane but to mention here in the Preface those under-headed Poets, Retainers to seven shares and a . . .

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