Lay for the Day 14th
1966: after four centuries the Index Librorum Prohibitorum or Index
of Forbidden Books, which listed literature regarded as injurious to the
faith or morals of Roman Catholics, was suppressed on this day. It was
first published in 1559 by the Sacred Congregation of the Roman Inquisition,
and ran through a total of 32 editions up to 1948.
the authors honoured by inclusion in the Index were (in no particular
order) Rabelais, Descartes, La Fontaine, Pascal, Rousseau, Voltaire, Stendhal,
Balzac, Zola, Dumas, Hugo, Flaubert, Sartre, de Sade, Casanova, Gide,
Kant, Heine, Spinoza, Swedenborg, Bacon, Milton, Hobbes, Goldsmith, Sterne,
Swift, Defoe, Gibbon, Hume, Berkeley, Locke, Mill, Calvin, Machiavelli
itself, little remains. The
site affords fine views of
round each man,
a spray of sparks.
They are sowing in the fields beyond the wall
the white seed of our daily bread.
When it has sprung and sered
gathered to the harvest home,
they wheel their tithes, sweating, up our hill;
from which passing wealth we pay,
till pride mounts with our due,
in thick smoke, thin stone and coloured glass
to the glory of God.
These are my content:
the tall, clear windows,
and the good light that they give to silent industry;
tireless walk of quills, my brothers
peeking through calf-skin into paradise.
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