¶ The Jews.
POore nation, whose sweet sap and juice Our cyens1 have purloind,2 and left you drie: Whose streams we got by the Apostles sluce,3 And use in baptisme, while ye pine and die: Who by not keeping once, became a debter; And now be keeping lose the letter:
1 cyens, scions - A shoot or twig; a slip for grafting. (Oxford English Dictionary). In gardening, a cutting taken from one plant and grafted onto another plant, such as taking a scion from a fruitful tree and grafting onto a hardy trunk of another tree. [Return]
Related Criticism: "George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, and the conversion of the Jews" by Nabil I. Matar [Works cited: "The Jews," Priest to the Temple, Ch. 34, "The Parson's Dexterity in applying of Remedies", "Self-condemnation,"
per request of Thomas H. Luxon, General Editor, The Milton Reading Room [in new window], Associate Professor of English, Dartmouth College.
After the Mel Gibson-Christ Controversy, this poem deserves a careful reading.
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