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Henry Vaughan's Silex Scintillans: Scripture Uses

Philip West


The poems in Silex Scintillans (1650-1655) of Henry Vaughan are considered the most biblical in English. This book challenges that notion, not by rejecting it, but by asking what it might have meant in the 1650s. Recovering the historical, literary, and scriptural context of Vaughan's poetry and his neglected prose works, particularly The Mount of Olives (1652), this study reveals the different ways in which Vaughan's work is shot through and fired by the Bible as it was read in the ‘Godly nation’ of the mid-17th century. The scripture uses practices related both to his position as an ‘Anglica ... More

Keywords: Bible, Godly nation, scripture uses, Anglican church, George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, Silex Scintillans, Hezekiah, holy living, false prophets

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198187561
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187561.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip West, author
Somerville College, Oxford
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