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spiritual perception. O.E.D. has no other example than this of the figurative meaning of gustation. The phrase "ingression (i.e. entrance) into the divine shadow" I take to be what the mystics mean by the soul passing into the infinite shade of the Divine Dark, that is, the blinding light of the Divine Presence, when the soul becomes emancipated from the laws of thought, from hopes and fears, from the consciousness of personality.

an handsome anticipation of heaven. Compare Goldsmith's picture of the good man's old age, The Deserted Village, 107 sqq.:

"But on he moves to meet his latter end,

Angels around befriending Virtue's friend;
Bends to the grave with unperceiv'd decay,
While Resignation gently slopes the way;
And, all his prospects brightening to the last,

His Heaven commences ere the world be pass'd."

prædicament of Chymera's: category or condition of unfounded conceptions, wild fancies. Prædicament is a seventeenth-century spelling. The Late Latin prædicamentum was meant to translate Aristotle's karnyopia, one of a set of classes among which things might be distributed, viz. quantity, quality and such like. Chymera's is a spelling found from fourteenth century to seventeenth.

expectations: abstract for concrete Elyziums. See p. 40.

="Expectants," p. 50.

the Metaphysicks of true belief: the philosophy of Christian doctrine, Christian theology.

To live indeed: to have eternal life.

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an evidence. Immortality is not a mere hope but something proved to be true, something indubitable. Compare Hebrews xi. 1: "Now faith is...the evidence of things not seen"; where R.V. has the proving of things not seen." I take evidence to mean something that has preponderating evidence, something obviously true, something indubitable. See the word evident in O.E.D., where instances with these meanings (now obsolete) are cited from Defoe, and Shakespeare; e.g. Coriolanus, Iv. vii. 52; v. iii. 112; and Cymbeline, II. iv.

120.

St. Innocents Church-yard. Browne adds the note: "In Paris, where bodies soon consume." This he contrasts with "the Sands of Egypt," which dry and preserve bodies as if mummified.

extasie: a spelling of ecstasy now obsolete. This spelling is etymologically correct, since the immediate origin is Old French extasie, Medieval Latin extasis.

being ever: existing for ever.

with six foot: an ordinary grave. O.E.D. quotes from Oldham, "the small pittance of a six-foot Grave.”

the Moles of Adrianus: "A stately Mausoleum or sepulchral pyle," says Browne's note, "built by Adrianus in Rome, where now standeth the Castle of St Angelo." The word moles is Latin = massive structure of stones, pile. This-the most magnificent of Roman sepulchres—was begun by Hadrian and finished (140 A.D.) by Antoninus Pius. It was a cylindrical tower, 240 feet in diameter, rising to a height of 300 feet and crowned with a gigantic statue of Hadrian. When the Goths were besieging Rome, the tower was transformed by Belisarius into a fortress. Later it became the home of popes. The figure of the Archangel Michael, which now occupies the place of the Emperor's statue, originated the name St Angelo. See also W. W. Capes, The Age of the Antonines, pp. 70 sq.

Lucan (39-65 A.D.). The quotation is from Pharsalia, VII. 809 sq.: "Whether it is decay that consumes the dead body or whether it is the funeral pyre, matters not at all."

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civilities, 63, 73

civilly, 60

clamations, 104

Claudius, 65
clout, IOI
cognition, 117
co-habitation, 62
cold in Hell, 106
collectible, 55

combustion, 55
compage, 95

complexionally, 114

composure, 77

comproportions,

conclamation, 63

conjunctions, 79

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devolved, 98

devotion, 99

devouring, 59

Diana, temple of, 80, 81
digged, 64

Diogenes, the Cynic, 101, 103;
Laërtius, 85
dismal, 135
disparage, 64
disposure, 78
distinctions, 98
disunion, 54

diuturnity, 117

D. M., 84

Domitian, 82

Dorset, Marquess of, 95

draughts, 84

duration, 81

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hydropical, 90

hypogæum, 84

Iceni, 65

ichthyophagi, 60
identifie, 97

in, 53, 69, 72, 82, 109
incinerable, 80
inclosure, 59

incommixed, 89

incrassated, 78

incremable, 89
infamy, 134
ingression, 139
iniquity, 126
in order to, 105
insatisfaction, 89
intension, 71
into, 92
Isaac, 90
iterately, 84

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