Pre-Visions of the Restoration: The Poetry of Henry Vaughan

Volume 22:3 (Summer 1982)
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Pre-Visions of the Restoration: The Poetry of Henry Vaughan

Author Michael R. Collings

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have become increasingly aware that the restoration of the gospel did not occur in a vacuum inhabited only by Joseph Smith. Numerous individuals were involved, both as forerunners and as disseminators of newly restored or revealed principles. And not all of those involved were members of the Church. It is not necessary, however, to rely exclusively on the "great minds," the strongest voices (like Wordsworth or Milton), to find elements in strong parallel with LDS doctrine. Other poets, often less well known, less widely accepted critically, were equally convinced of such doctrinal points as a preexistence and of an apostasy and the need for a restoration. One of the most fascinating is the "minor" poet Henry Vaughan.

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