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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Saturday, January 24, 2009
    The style of Christ
    Honoured, awed, to be able to stand before some of William Blake's great artworks at The Tate yesterday. And also delighted to get a little further behind one of them: the Epitome of James Hervey's `Meditations among the Tombs'. Tate's interpreters tell us that
    James Hervey (1714-58) was a writer of devotional texts. His popular Meditations Among the Tombs was published in 1746 and it was often reprinted. The subject of the book is death, and the author dwells particularly on the grief caused by early death, and on the eventual re-uniting of the parted in heaven.
    It was the following extract which caught my eye. Teaching his followers the sublimest truths by spiritualizing on the most common occurrences: that's how Hervey explained what he called 'the style of Christ', his version of Heaven in Ordinary, 270 years ago:

    Extract from The Whole Works of the Rev. James Hervey, here