The Heavens

An early entry in Edwards’s “Images” notebook serves as a concise summary of his reinscripturated reading of the heavens: “The heaven’s being filled with glorious, luminous bodies, is to signify the glory and happiness of the heavenly inhabitants; and amongst these, the sun signifies Christ and the moon, the church (“Image” no. 4).”

Darkness, then Light

In “Image” nos. 54, 58, 72, 188, and 211, Edwards meditates on light following darkness—the sun breaks forth each day to dispel the night, often with a rich profusion of color refracting through the clouds and sky. Dangerous beasts of the nocturne hours retreat into their dens.