Humility and Commentaries

August 2nd, 2007

From John Dryden’s Religio Laici

[Of the role of patristic interpretations of Scripture]

That Antient Fathers thus expound the Page,

Gives Truth the reverend Majesty of Age:

Confirms its force, by biding every Test;

For best Authority’s next Rules are best.

And still the nearer to the Spring we go

More limpid, more unsoyl’d the Waters flow.

(…)

In doubtful questions ’tis the safest way

To learn what unsuspected Antients say:

For ’tis not likely we shou’d higher Soar

In search of Heav’n, than all the Church before:

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