By John Beer
Of all of the wide-ranging pursuits Coleridge confirmed in his occupation, faith was once the inner most and such a lot long-lasting; and Beer demonstrates during this booklet that none of his paintings should be absolutely understood with no taking this into consideration. Beer unearths how Coleridge was once preoccupied by way of the lifetime of the brain, and the way heavily this topic used to be intertwined with faith in his pondering. The insights that emerge during this assortment are of soaking up curiosity, exhibiting the efforts of a pioneer to reconcile conventional knowledge, either inside and out orthodox Christianity, with the questions that have been turning into obvious to a delicate enquirer.
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O ye strange Locks of intricate Simplicity, who shall find the Key? He shall throw wide open the Portals of the Palace of Sensuous or Symbolical Truth; and the Holy of Holies will he find in the Adyta. Rest = Enjoyment, and Death! Motion = Enjoyment and Life! O the depth of the Proverb, Extremes meet! —What an Image of the Resurrection, grand from its very Inadequacy. 25 The Sky, o rather say, the Æther, at Malta, with the Sun apparently suspended in it, the Eye seeming to pierce beyond, & as it were, behind it—and below the ætherial Sea, so blue, so a zerflossenes Eins [suffused oneness], the substantial Image, and fixed real Reflection of the Sky—O 44 A Religion of Life?
Alas! 14 While I possess anything exclusively mine, the selfish Passions will have full play, and our Hearts will never learn that great Truth that the good of the Whole etc. We find in the twelfth of Luke that our Lord refused to authorize a division of Inheritance, and in the subsequent verses forbids all property, and orders men to depend for their subsistence upon their Labor. And in Luke the 20th 21. 22. they asked Jesus— “Is it lawful for us to give Tribute unto Cæsar or no? And he said unto them—Shew me a penny whose Image and Superscription hath it?
It is melancholy to think, that the best of us are liable to be shaped & coloured by surrounding Objects—and a demonstrative proof, that Man was not made to live in Great Cities! —The pleasures, which we receive from rural beauties, are of little Consequence compared with the Moral Effect of these pleasures— beholding constantly the Best possible we at last become ourselves the best possible. In the country, all around us smile Good and Beauty—and the Images of this divine καλοκ0γαθ2ν [beautiful and good] are miniatured on the mind of the beholder, as a Landscape on a Convex Mirror .
Coleridge's Writings: Vol. 4: On Religion And Psychology by John Beer