Qui fortiter emungit, elicit sanguinem; and where the wine-press
is hard wrought, it yields a harsh wine, that tastes of the grape-stone.
But--as a man who had been matchless held In cunning, over-reached where least he thought, To salve his credit, and for very spite, Still will be tempting him who foils him still, And never cease, though to his shame the more; Or as a swarm of flies in vintage-time, About the wine-press
where sweet must is poured, Beat off, returns as oft with humming sound; Or surging waves against a solid rock, Though all to shivers dashed, the assault renew, (Vain battery
And you, their best beloved one, are now to me, flesh of my flesh, blood of my blood, kin of my kin, my bountiful wine-press
for a while, and shall be later on my companion and my helper.
Horst Wenzel offers a convincing instance in his essay, "The Logos in the Press: Christ in the Wine-Press
and the Discovery of Printing.
Requiring ripe grapes and a wine-press
to separate the juice from the skins.
The wine-press is not and was not in Herbert's day a standard image for learning.
8) Christ's garments testify to, first, his own suffering - on Good Friday - in the first wine-press ('In the former, He was Himself trodden and pressed; He was the grapes and clusters Himself'(9)), and secondly to His vanquishment of His enemies - during the descent into Hell - in the second wine-press ('In this latter here, He that was trodden on before, gets up again, and doth here tread upon and tread down .
While this development creates a general association between learning and Christ, and thus between learning and the wine-press, it does not explicitly identify the process of learning with the pressing of grapes.
To explain: Andrewes is consistently Christological in his elaboration of the wine-press - whether he is thinking of Christ as the Sacrament (to be drunk) or Christ as the Word (to be heard or read).
Andrewes's adaptation of the wine-press image is interesting for its own sake, of course.
At what stage (if at all) pressing is implicit in this picture is hard to tell, but Andrewes does seem to have a wine-press in mind - a winepress fed by the Word.