Henry Vaughan: The Mount of Olives, or Solitary Devotions

(393 words)
  • Glyn Pursglove (University of Wales, Swansea)

The Mount of Olives comprises three independent works. The first is a collection of prayers, meditations and admonitions for a variety of occasions and moods. For many modern readers, most of these will perhaps be of greatest interest for the light they throw on Vaughan's religious lyrics. When, for example, Vaughan writes of night-vigils (“When all the world is asleep, thou shouldst watch, weep and pray”) in which one can “Contemplate the Order of the Stars, and how they all in their several Stations praise their Creator” one is reminded of important passages in Silex Scintillans. Similarly suggestive is Vaughan's detailed advice on the practise of morning prayer, a devotional exercise which clearly …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Pursglove, Glyn. "The Mount of Olives, or Solitary Devotions". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 July 2001
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=97, accessed 26 September 2016.]