"Every soul that thinks to attain Holy Wisdom must first have a strong desire for her, and unceasingly persevere in prayer, whereby one will be moved and stirred through the contemplation of her high excellencies and wonderful beauty and especially through remembering her as a true knower of the mysteries of the knowledge of God both in and outside nature and a lover of all His works. Hereby in the Ground of the Soul will awake a strong and sharp desire [for] this spirit of Wisdom with all earnest investigation and seeking . . ."

John Pordage, Sophia: The Graceful Eternal Virgin of Holy Wisdom, or Wonderful Spiritual Discoveries and Revelations That the Precious Wisdom Has Given to a Holy Soul, 1675