By Maureen Sabine (auth.)

This ebook proposes the poetic hyperlink among Donne and Crashaw through the English Reformation. within the first half this paintings, Donne's Songs and Sonets, Verse Letters, spiritual works and Anniversaries are mentioned as they mirror more and more covert reverence for a holy mom determine. within the moment part, Crashaw's juvenile poems and epigrams, verse in honour of the Virgin and baby, and mature contemplative verse are visible to specific mystical homage to Mary and becoming admiration for female powers of faith.

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I could lend thee obscureness now, and say, Out of my self, There should be no more Day, Such is already my felt want of sight, Did not the fires within me force a light. (11. 1-12 , p. 68) As we can see from this passage, Heaven and Hell came alarmingly close to one another in Donne's interior landscape . Even assuming that this elegy was written prior to his employment with Egerton, the poet had already begun to detach himself from Catholicism and conform outwardly to Protestantism. The priesthood of all believers theoretically put Heaven within easier reach.

26-7). Perhaps he was thinking back to Queen Elizabeth who as Una or the one truth had 'benight[ed] the glory' (I. 11) of a greater Domina invoked in his portrait. Yet as we shall see, Donne had the gift of inspiring devotion from women - his mother, sister, wife, patronesses, literary admirers. In calling upon them for assistance, in calling forth their protective instincts, he followed a formula learned by heart in entreaties to Mary . The vestiges of lady worship survive even in his chequered attachment to Lucy, Countess of Bedford.

The vestiges of lady worship survive even in his chequered attachment to Lucy, Countess of Bedford. Indeed the etymological association of her Christian name, Lucy, with light bore out the enduring importance in his life of the Lothian legend: 'Illumina tenebr[as] nostras, Domina' . But as the Lady Bountiful in his obligated life, the Countess compared adversely with a far more powerful friend at court - Mary, the undemanding patroness of sinners and champion of the downtrodden. After his marriage, Donne would be forced to rely upon Protestant sources of subvention as his relationship not only with her but with Magdalene Herbert, Thomas Morton and King James I's male cronies show .

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