This was by no means an intended slight of that liturgy to which the divine
alluded, but was the habit of a people who owed their very existence, as a distinct nation, to the doctrinal character of their ancestors.
Thy words Attentive, and with more delighted eare Divine instructer, I have heard, then when Cherubic Songs by night from neighbouring Hills Aereal Music send: nor knew I not To be both will and deed created free; Yet that we never shall forget to love Our maker, and obey him whose command Single, is yet so just, my constant thoughts Assur'd me and still assure: though what thou tellst Hath past in Heav'n, som doubt within me move, But more desire to hear, if thou consent, The full relation, which must needs be strange, Worthy of Sacred silence to be heard; And we have yet large day, for scarce the Sun Hath finisht half his journey, and scarce begins His other half in the great Zone of Heav'n.
That day, as other solem dayes, they spent In song and dance about the sacred Hill, Mystical dance, which yonder starrie Spheare Of Planets and of fixt in all her Wheeles Resembles nearest, mazes intricate, Eccentric, intervolv'd, yet regular Then most, when most irregular they seem: And in thir motions harmonie Divine So smooths her charming tones, that Gods own ear Listens delighted.
To whom the Son with calm aspect and cleer Light'ning Divine, ineffable, serene, Made answer.
Thus farr his bold discourse without controule Had audience, when among the Seraphim ABDIEL, then whom none with more zeale ador'd The Deitie, and divine commands obei'd, Stood up, and in a flame of zeale severe The current of his fury thus oppos'd.
Yet this singular and almost accidental character of his mission agrees with the divine
sign which, according to our notions, is equally accidental and irrational, and is nevertheless accepted by him as the guiding principle of his life.
George Herbert (1593-1633) has been identified as among the earliest of divines "to proclaim the new Anglo-centric orthodoxy" o the English church (Milton, 528).
These binarisms, of course, are problematic, but like all such polarities they are useful if understood as framing the ideological continuum traversed by early Stuart divines in their struggles over the church's confessional identity.
Those divines eager for further reform set their sights not only on the Prayer Book, however, but on the Articles as well.
This caution against adding fuel to the fire is indicative of the subtlety of theological opinion among establishment divines during the decade following the 1618 Synod.
The country's Puritan divines (a thousand of whom had signed the Millenary Petition) proceeded to align themselves with the Parliament as it convened its first assembly under the new king in March, 1604.
Despite the fact that the suggestion had come from a Puritan leader, James quickly became what the dedicatory epistle to the new Bible would later trumpet as the "principal Mover and Author" of the project; set in a role analogous to God - whom the preface to the AV called the "author" of Scripture - James thus became a kind of human primum mobile whose "authoring" of (which necessarily included both an authorizing of and authority over) the sacred texts resituated them within his sphere of influence and so rendered the authority of the divine Word serviceable to his own "Royall authority."(18)
And because the midwives feared God, therefore he made them houses." Interestingly, the Geneva gloss is not willing to endorse the midwives' actions without qualification: "Their disobedience herein was lawful, but their dissembling evil." Still, the implication is obvious: even direct disobedience to a king's explicit command would be "lawful" if the violator were heeding divine authority instead.
The Divine Feminine in Ancient Europe: Goddesses, Sacred Women and the Origins of Western Culture
The character of the divine female is ever-present in the history of ancient Europe.