Patrick Henry concludes the opening to his most famous speech by asking, “Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offence, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly […]
While reflecting on his dual nature in chapter 10, Jekyll alludes to the Biblical cities of refuge, “… Jekyll was now my city of refuge; let but Hyde peep out an instant, and the hands of all men would be raised to take and slay him.” The cities of refuge are found in NUMBERS 35:1-34, […]
This sonnet is among Donne’s best known works. The praying speaker invites God to “batter” his heart. This seems an odd request, but the speaker acknowledges that in order to be made “new” God must “break, blow, burn” him, a reference to MALACHI 3 : 2-3, where God is a refiner of precious metals, in control of the fire that shapes the lives of believers.
This sonnet begins with the speaker imploring angels to, “At the round earth’s imagined corners blow / Your trumpets…” alluding to REVELATION 7 : 1. He then speaks of the redeemed dead being reunited with Christ and of those “whose eyes / Shall behold God, and never taste death’s woe”…