Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Melvilliana: Saints as Syrens

Melvilliana: Saints as Syrens: Conference paper read June 19, 2009 at the ร‰cole Biblique in Jerusalem for the Seventh International Melville Conference, Melville and the ...


  1. Clarel begins at Epiphany or the orthodox Xmas. When the poem ends at Easter, is that also an orthodox Easter? John Gretchko

    1. Yes! Easter happens to fall on the same day for Roman Catholic and Orthodox believers when Clarel gets back to Jerusalem. As explained in 4.33:

      And when the day,
      The Easter, falls in calendar
      The same to Latin and the array
      Of all schismatics from afar—
      Armenians, Greeks from many a shore—
      Syrians, Copts—profusely pour
      The hymns: 'tis like the choric gush
      Of torrents Alpine when they rush
      To swell the anthem of the spring.
      That year was now.

      Looks like 1876 was such a year; also 1862, 1865, 1868 and 1871. http://5ko.free.fr/en/easter.php?y=19