Through the cold time she holds me with evergreen devotion she bears up my
whiteness. Earle Birney 'She Is'.
My common conversation I do acknowledge austere, my behaviour full of
rigor, sometimes not without morosity; yet at mydevotion I
loveto usethe civility of my knee, my hat, and hand,
withall thoseoutward and sensiblemotions which may express
or promote my invisible devotion. SirThomas Browne ^5 Religio Medici (published1643), pt.1, section 3.
Let man's soul be a sphere, and then, in this, The intelligence
that moves, devotion is. John Donne 'Good Friday,1613.
Riding Westward', published1635.
Despite what even manyartists appear to believe, art is not and should not
be merelya skill. It should actually be completelyand
utterly the language of our feelings, our frame of mind; indeed,
even of our devotion and our prayers. Caspar David Friedrich Quoted in Caspar
David Friedrich1774^1840, Tate Gallery (1972).
The almighty dollar, that great object of universal devotion throughout
our land. Washington Irving Wolfert's Roost,'The Creole Village'.
It is our first duty to serve society, and, after we have done that, we may
attend wholly to the salvation of our own souls.
Ayouthful passion for abstracted devotion should not be
encouraged. Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson Remark, Feb. Quoted in James Boswell The Life of
Samuel Johnson (1791),
cannot tell where you should look for me, if you send out any pinnace to
seek me; because I live at the devotion of the
wind and seas. And thus fare you well; desiring God to
send us a merry meeting in this world, if it be his good will
and pleasure. SirJames Lancaster c.1594 Letter to the East India Company written on the homeward voyage
when the two English ships ran into storms off the Cape of Good Hope.
Lancaster's ship lost her rudder. Unwilling torisk
theother ship, Lancaster orderedher captain to sail straight home,
taking the letter with him. A voyage with three tall ships,
the Penelope, admirall, the Marchant Royall, vice- admiral, and the
Edward Bonaventure, rear-admiral, to the East Indies Begun By M. George Raymond, in the yeere1591, and performed by M.
James Lancaster; and written from the mouth of Edmund Barker of Ipswich (his
lieutenant in the sayd voyage) by M. Richard Hakluyt.