23. Edward Benlowes. "My spirit, Lord, my soul, my bodie, all," 1652.
From: Edward Benlowes. Theophila, or Loves sacrifice. A divine poem. London: R.N., 1652.
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As did Herbert, Edward Benlowes adopted the shape of the altar for his poem in praise of Jesus. The poem actually appears twice in Theophila; the one not shown here is in Latin, and the two are translations of each other (although it is not known which is the "original" language). Benlowes may have had "Jason's altar" in mind, but it is equally plausible that he borrowed the shape and theme from Herbert or another contemporary, in this century when visual poetry was so widely practiced.

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