The 'Whale' is only half through the press; for, wearied with the long delays of the printers, and disgusted with the heat and dust of the Babylonish
brick-kiln of New York, I came back to the country to feel the grass, and end the book reclining on it, if I may.'
As soon should I have thought of walking into a Babylonish
yield them outward Peace and Conformity, not unlike that under the Inquisition.' (73) And the parallel with European Catholic oppression of course suggested the ultimate destiny of the Presbyterian party, which 'seems to savour of the old Babylonish
Leaven, which in due time the Lord will remove.' (74) But even as they heightened the violence of their register, the English texts were paradoxically heightening their register of appeal.
There is no talk here of Babylonish
furnaces, no gloating over Papists bound for Hell.
Of him, at last, may be said what Johnson says of Spenser, that he wrote no languages [Ben Johnson, in Timber, or Discoveries (1641)], but has formed what Butler call Babylonish
dialect, [Samuel Butler in Hudibras 1662-78] in itself harsh and barbarous, but made by exalted genius, and extensive learning>>, ibid.
Among the offerings, "My Babylonish
Brain" and "Breaking the Body" make the most engaging reading.
For example, a visiting Anglican clergyman from Liverpool claimed that the Medieval Court was 'filled with Babylonish
garments and Tractarian toys'.
(He was protesting Catholic and Calvinist theology, which he had earlier described as "the Babylonish
or corrupt phraseology of the dark ages.") In Campbell's view, only by "calling Bible things by Bible words" could the truth of scripture find its way to the believing soul.
(74) Cressy finds among diaries, letters, and manuscripts a wide array of reports on how 'none' would take it, that it was "a strange mis-shapen monster", and a 'filthy execrable oath' from 'those monstrous, Babylonish
, menstruous canons'.
However, notwithstanding the tempting possibilities galore of drawing parallels with his personal situation--liberation from the yoke of matrimony coupled with the country's liberation from the yoke of political tyranny- Irving's protagonist registers the new curriculum as "a perfect Babylonish
Proximity to Hawthorne may have been a factor in Melville's decision but, in the larger context Parker evokes, certainly not the only motive: there were the family and youthful connections with the Pittsfield neighborhood; there was the allure of rural life, romantically evoked in "Hawthorne and His Mosses", away from the oppressive, "babylonish
brick-kiln of New York"; there was his "fantasy" (1: 780) of erecting a tower, his own literary Ehrenbreitstein, on the property.
But when Antoine (the Creole) calls to him 'in his Babylonish
jargon' the 'savage' simply turns away and disappears (p.