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Love Tricks And Flea-Bitings: Meditation, Imagination And The Pain Of Christ In Joseph Hall And Richard Crashaw

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This chapter examines the tension in theological and meditative works of the English Protestant divine Joseph Hall. It argues that the poet and converted Catholic Richard Crashaw intuits a solution to the problem in his &t;Sancta Maria Dolorum or the Mother of Sorrows&t;, a paraphrase of the famous &t;Stabat mater&t; attributed to the thirteenth-century Franciscan friar Jacopone da Todi. Catholic meditation manuals of the period operate on the assumptions that Christs pain can be fully shared. The early modern debate in the chapter has investigated two questions: how can humans engage with the divine? How can they relate to the suffering of others?.

Keywords: Catholic meditation; Christ's pain; English Protestant style of meditation; Joseph Hall; Richard Crashaw



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