But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his
baptism, he said unto them,O generation of vipers, who hath
warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bible (NewTestament) St Matthew 3:7.
Deep, unspeakable suffering may well be called a baptism, a
regeneration, the initiation into a new state. George pseudonym of MaryAnn Evans Eliot Adam Bede, ch.42.