Strangers and Pilgrims

Season 1 – Death of the Prophet Joseph Smith

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Henry Vaughan, Dante's White Rose, and the Khatam

I wrote in an older blog post about W.B. Yeats and the Primum Mobile. And, about how Dante described Heaven as the White Rose.

Yesterday I was reading “Peace” by Henry Vaughan where, concerning heaven, he says

If thou canst get but thither,

There growes the flowre of peace,

The Rose that cannot wither,

Thy fortresse, and thy ease.

Vaughan’s description of Heaven reminds me of Dante’s White Rose of Paradise.

A flower in heaven, too, reminds me of the eight-point star, or Khatim. I’ve been interested in islamic pattern art lately. And, the eight-point star is one of the basic shapes you use to construct the art. It is created from circles and squares and intersecting points.