Religio Laici

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A poem by Dryden, published 1682.

Written in defence of Anglicanism against Deist, Catholic, and Dissenting arguments, Religio Laici combines an exalted recognition of religious sublimity with a defence of a ‘layman's’ reasonable and straightforward religious attitudes. Its opening lines, beginning ‘Dim as the borrow'd Beams of Moon and Stars’, are among the finest Dryden wrote.

Subjects: Literature.

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John Dryden (1631—1700) poet, playwright, and critic