In the introduction to his 1844 volume,The Baptistery, a work that was to become one of the most successful and widely disseminated collections of Tractarian poetry, Isaac Williams noted the impact that a decade of activism and excitement had had on the Church of England:
The Church, ’tis thought, is wakening through the land,
And seeking vent for the o’erloaded hearts
Which she has kindled – pours her forth anew –
Breathes life in ancient worship, – from their graves
Summons the slumbering Arts to wait on her,
Music and Architecture, varied forms
Of Painting, Sculpture and of Poetry.¹...