[Note 7, Introduction in print version]

Compare this speech in Charles Kingsley's The Saint's Tragedy by Conrad of Marpurg, the Pope's Commissioner, to E. B. Browning's typologically based asethetics:

Ah! poor wordlings!
Little you dream what maddening ecstasies,
What rich ideals haunt, by day and night,
Alone, and in the crowd, even to the death,
The servitors of that celestial court
Where peerless Mary, sun-enthroned, reigns,
In whom all Eden dreams of womanhood,
All trace of form, hue, sound, all beauty strewn
Like pearls unstrung, about this ruined world,
Have their fulfilment and their archetype.
Why hath the rose its scent, the lily grace
To mirror forth her loveliness, for whom,
Primeval fount of grace, their livery came:
Pattern of Seraphs! only worthy ark
To bear her God athwart the floods of time! (Act I, scene 2)


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