A collection of poems by Robert Dodsley

By Robert Dodsley

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Copyright © 1966 by Harvey Shapiro. Reprinted from Battle Report by permission of Wesleyan University Press. Jerome Rothenberg, Poland: 1931. Copyright © by Jerome Rothenberg. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp. Jerome Rothenberg, Vienna Blood. Copyright © 1980 by Jerome Rothenberg. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp. Gershom G. Scholem, Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism. Copyright © 1941 by Schocken Publishing House, Jerusalem. , New York. Gershom Scholem, The Messianic Idea in Judaism.

All powers, direct gifts of God, are eternal and indestructible. In the later passage, Know therefore and discern, that from the going forth of the word to restore and to build Jerusalem unto one anointed, a prince, shall be seven weeks; and for threescore and two weeks, it shall be built again, with broad place and moat, but in troublous times. And after the threescore and two weeks shall an anointed one be cut off, and be no more; and the people of a prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; but his end shall be with a flood; and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

Lawrence, a not entirely unsympathetic reader of apocalyptic, the creation of this particular literature is closely tied to the time in which it first developedthe intertestamental period from 200 BCE to 100 CE. 10 Despite Lawrence's biased version of the Jewish tradition, he identifies a significant element in the apocalypsethe delayed gratification of the exile. The goal is known, but the time it will take to reach that goal is not; the end of time explains the process towards that end. The successful and complete end of the exile, the new kingdom of Israel, will not merely be a mirror of the original kingdom, but an entirely new Page 16 order.

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