Natural Man


There are many things in the constitution of the world that are not properly shadows and images of divine things, that yet are significations of them; as children’s being born crying is a signification of their being born to sorrow. A man’s coming into the world after the same manner as the beasts is a signification of the ignorance and brutishness of man, and his agreement in many things with the beasts. (“Image” no. 25)

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Music credit CC BY-NC-ND 3.0: Viola da Gamba Sonata in G major, WK 155, by Carl Friedrich Abel.