We delight in one knowable thing, which comprehends all that is knowable;
in one apprehensible, which draws together all that can be apprehended; in a single being that includes all, above all in the one which is itself the all.
I take as metaphysical poetry that in which what is ordinarily apprehensible only by thought is brought within the grasp of feeling, or that in which what is ordinarily only felt is transformed into thought without ceasing to be feeling.
All the sweetness of religion is conveyed to the world by the hands of story-tellers and image-makers. Without their fictions the truths of religion would for the multitude be neither intelligible nor even apprehensible; and the prophets would prophesy and the teachers teach in vain.
Last Update: January, 2020