a great symbol and mystery. Indeed, the things  which you do openly and with applause, as if the divine light were overturned and extinguished, these you lay to our charge; which, in truth, does no harm to us who shrink from doing any such things, but only to those who do them and bear false witness against us.
 Thirlby remarks that the serpent was the symbol specially of eternity, of power, and of wisdom, and that there was scarcely any divine attribute to which the heathen did not find some likeness in this animal. See also Hardwick's Christ and other Masters, vol. ii. 146 (2d ed.).  [Note how he retaliates upon the calumny (cap. xxvi.) of the "upsetting of the lamp."]
 [Note how he retaliates upon the calumny (cap. xxvi.) of the "upsetting of the lamp."]