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Dryden's "The Hind and the Panther" and Roman Catholic Apologetics

Victor M. Hamm
PMLA
Vol. 83, No. 2 (May, 1968), pp. 400-415
DOI: 10.2307/1261194
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1261194
Page Count: 16
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Dryden's "The Hind and the Panther" and Roman Catholic Apologetics
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Abstract

A mass of now forgotten Roman Catholic apologetic and controversial writings appeared in English during Dryden's lifetime. Study reveals the fact that Dryden was acquainted with some of the most notable of these, particularly Hugh Cressy's Exomologesis (1647, 1653), Rushworth-White's Dialogues (1654), John Sergeant's Schisme Dis-Arm'd (1655) and Sure-Footing in Christianity (1665), Edward Worsley's Protestancy Without Principles (1668), and Abraham Woodhead's Rational Account (1673), as well as with the principal Anglican publications of the day (especially those of Stillingfleet and Tillotson). Dryden used the arguments, sometimes the very phraseology, of these and other writings in his poem. "The Hind and the Panther" thus justifies Charles E. Ward's judgment that the poet's conversion was "a result of long thought and long study of the problems of faith," and takes its place in the Catholic-Anglican controversy of the age.

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