[Milton-L] Apropos of nothing

Hannibal Hamlin hamlin.hannibal at gmail.com
Sat Apr 12 13:18:13 EDT 2014


I think not, though I'm happy to be corrected.

Hannibal




On Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 1:16 PM, JD Fleming <jfleming at sfu.ca> wrote:

> Is the tradition Plinian also? jdf
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> It's all over everywhere, in many churches (Southwark Cathedral for
> instance), and in the jewel that Elizabeth I wears in her famous Pelican
> Portrait. Whitney has an emblem featuring it, with the motto "Quod in te
> est, prome." I write about the pelican figure in *The Bible in
> Shakespeare*, since it crops up in *Hamlet* and *King Lear*. I'm not sure
> where the Christian interpretation originates, though it's a pretty natural
> development. The legend of the pelican's peculiar feeding habit appears in
> Isidore of Seville's *Etymologies*, though the story there is a little
> weirder (and less Christian). Isidore recounts the story that the pelican
> first kills its offspring, and then revives them with its own blood.
>
> Hannibal
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> On Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 12:31 PM, Jameela Lares <jameela.lares at usm.edu>wrote:
>
>> 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.
>>
>> Mario
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Author of *The Bible in Shakespeare*, now available through all good
bookshops, or direct from Oxford University Press at
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Editor, *Reformation*
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