Marked with the seal of high divinity, On every leaf bedewed with drops of love Divine, and with the eternal heraldry And signature of God Almighty stamped From first to last ; this ray of sacred light, This lamp from off the everlasting throne, Mercy took down, and in the night of Time Stood, casting on the dark her gracious bow; And evermore beseeching men with tears And earnest sighs, to read, believe, and live. —Robert Pollok. CHAPTER V LITERARY TRAITS There are certain rhetorical features of the Bible which have put it in the foreground of the world's attention, and have kept it there for ages in undis- puted literary supremacy. A few of these may now be indicated, in brief, and yet in some detail, and with illustrative citations. Some men, among those whose writings are found in the Bible, deal with the grandest themes, and move on the very highest plane of thought and expression. It is difficult to represent their work fitly without using superlative terms. These writers were first of all men of unrivaled genius; then they had a passion for God and an aptitude for religious truth, and an insight into its meaning and worth which made them a class by themselves; they had extraordinary literary gifts; and in addition we are told that these men "spake from God, being moved by the Holy Spirit." 2 Pet. 1.21 With such varied qualifications, it is no wonder that their writings in certain respects are of surpassing rank.