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The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
Volume IX. From Steele and Addison to Pope and Swift.

XII. William Law and the Mystics.

§ 13. Later influence of Boehme on English Thought.


Later, some of the root-ideas of Boehme returned to England by way of Hegel, Schelling, Jung-Stilling and Friedrich Schlegel, or through Boehme’s French disciple, Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin. They influenced Coleridge,  82  and profoundly modified nineteenth century conceptions, thus preparing the way for the better understanding of mystical thought. Blake’s prophetic books are only now, after a hundred years, beginning to find readers, and, undoubtedly, Law’s Appeal, if it were more widely known, would, in the twentieth century, win the response for which it has long been waiting.   57

Note 82. Wesley’s alterations in wording are most instructive and interesting, for he has not hesitated to alter as well as to omit passages. Cf. Clinton’s account of the nature of man and God in Wesley, ed. of 1781, vol. II, pp. 286–7, with Brooke, I vol. ed. 1906, p. 367. [ back ]

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