[Milton-L] Apropos of nothing

Jameela Lares jameela.lares at usm.edu
Sat Apr 12 12:31:50 EDT 2014

Of course the pelican is an iconographic symbol for Christ.  Both the Corpus Christi Colleges at Oxford and Cambridge use it for their coats of arms.

Jameela Lares
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I recall that when I was a boy attending Catholic school  the floor of our church featured a large mosaic of a pelican feeding greedy little pelicans with its blood.  The little guys just pecked happily away.  I don't now recall any emotional reaction to the sight, which was gory in a mild way, but I do recall that pelicans became interesting to me in various contexts, not the least of which sometime later was the line "Pie pellicane Jesu Domine" in Thomas Aquinas's wonderful hymn, "Adoro Te," which we sang often.  While it is hardly Milton's style, Crashaw no doubt knew the hymn.


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