The Prodigal Son

The Prodigal Son in St. Luke’s Gospel, in the verse rendering by Samuel Wesley. From The history of the Old and New Testament attempted in verse and adorn’d with three hundred & thirty sculptures, 1716, by Samuel Wesley (1662-1735). A remarkable project, a presentation of the entire Bible in iambic pentameters, a form ideally suited to some of the more lurid and judgmental passages in scripture.

2 thoughts on “The Prodigal Son

  1. This volume is still dated 1701, but he has changed the dedication, because of “the death of our late Queen of blessed memory”, which didn’t happen until 1714 (assuming he is referring to Queen Anne).

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    • I think (I will check) he is referring to Queen Mary. This is an early dedication, addressed to the Marchioness of Normanby, so it dates to the turn of the century when Wesley was still serving as Chaplain to the Marquis.

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