Storming Heaven

A. S. Kline

Four Elizabethan lives
Through History, Literature, Myth and Idea
Essex, Marlowe, Raleigh, Donne

Jacob's Dream

‘Jacob's Dream’
Sir James Thornhill, 1675–1734, British
The Yale Center for British Art


I - The Elizabethan Age

II - Essex

III - Marlowe

IV - Raleigh

V - Donne

VI - The Idea of the Goddess

'Nature, that fram'd us of four elements

Doth teach us all to have aspiring minds:

Our souls, whose faculties can comprehend

The wondrous architecture of the world,

And measure every wandering planet's course,

Still climbing after knowledge infinite

And always moving as the restless spheres,

Will us to wear ourselves, and never rest...'

Marlowe, The First Part of Tamburlaine the Great, Act II, SceneVII, lines 18-29.

'In pride, in reas'ning pride, our error lies;

All quit their sphere, and rush into the skies.

Pride still is aiming at the blest abodes,

Men would be angels, angels would be gods.'

Pope, Essay on Man, Epistle I, lines 123-126

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