Henry Vaughan: The Mount of Olives, or Solitary Devotions

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  • 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 …

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Pursglove, Glyn. "The Mount of Olives, or Solitary Devotions". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 July 2001
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