A poem by Dryden published 1687. Dryden became a Catholic in 1685, and the poem represents an attempt to reconcile Anglican and Catholic political interests, while at the same time defending Catholic doctrine. The first part describes various religious sects under the guise of different beasts and in particular the Catholic Church and the Church of England as the Hind and the Panther respectively. The second part is occupied with arguments about Church authority and tran‐substantiation. The third part is designed to recommend a political alliance between both Churches and the Crown against Whigs and Dissenters. It contains two celebrated fables, that of the swallows and that of the doves.
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John Dryden (1631—1700) poet, playwright, and critic