Byron, the Bible, and Religion: Essays from the Twelfth International Byron Seminar
University of Delaware Press, 1991 - Literary Criticism - 196 pages
This work consists of eight essays selected from papers given at the Twelfth International Byron Symposium. Much of Byron's poetry is examined, but the focus is on the Mysteries and Don Juan. The subjects include the Cain figure, Byron's skepticism, his attitude toward Christianity and religion in general, and his literary use of the Bible.
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Byrons Cain as Sacred Executioner
Between History and Theology
Biblical Skepticism and Romantic Irony
Byrons Revisionary Struggle with the Bible
Hebraism and Hellenism in the Poetry of Byron
Byron and the Place of Religion
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Page 131 - And I have loved thee, Ocean ! and my joy Of youthful sports was on thy breast to be Borne, like thy bubbles, onward : from a boy I wantoned with thy breakers — they to me Were a delight ; and if the freshening sea Made them a terror — 'twas a pleasing fear, For I was as it were a child of thee, And trusted to thy billows far and near, And laid my hand upon thy mane — as I do here.
Page 25 - Fierce as a comet; which with torrid heat, And vapour as the Libyan air adust, Began to parch that temperate clime; whereat In either hand the hastning Angel caught Our lingring Parents, and to th' Eastern Gate Led them direct, and down the cliff as fast To the subjected plain; then disappear'd.
Page 88 - I live not in myself, but I become Portion of that around me ; and to me High mountains are a feeling, but the hum Of human cities torture : I can see Nothing to loathe in nature, save to be A link reluctant in a fleshly chain...
Page 25 - O goodness infinite, goodness immense ! That all this good of evil shall produce, And evil turn to good ; more wonderful Than that which by creation first brought forth Light out of darkness ! full of doubt I stand, Whether I should repent me now of sin By me done and occasion'd, or rejoice Much more, that much more good thereof shall spring.
Page 111 - AND it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
Page 76 - t is sometimes sweet to have our quarrels, Particularly with a tiresome friend : Sweet is old wine in bottles, ale in barrels ; Dear is the helpless creature we defend Against the world ; and dear the schoolboy spot We ne'er forget, though there we are forgot. ,' cxxvn But sweeter still than .this, than these, than all, Is first and passionate Love — it stands alone, Like Adam's recollection of his fall...
Page 24 - The World was all before them, where to choose Thir place of rest, and Providence thir guide : They hand in hand with wandring steps and slow, Through Eden took thir solitarie way.
Page 70 - Egypt, on which if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt unto all that trust on him.