Thursday, February 27, 2014


Religion and Politics

James Hurnard (1808-1881), The Setting Sun (London: F. Bowyer Kitto, 1870), p. 168 (Book IV, lines 500-507), rpt. in James Hurnard: A Victorian Character. Being Passages from The Setting Sun. Selected and Arranged by G. Rostrevor Hamilton (Cambridge: At the University Press, 1946), p. 50:
O why should sacred things and holy truth
Be tarnished by the touch of politics,
Dragging consistency knee-deep through mire?
Has not religion strength enough of limb
To walk alone without securely grasping
The strong but baneful arm of temporal power?
And must the secular State convert religion
Into a subtle engine of support?
Related post: I Cannot Gulp It.

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