Following on from yesterday's blog, I stumbled upon the following in my reading this morning - an old couplet, illustrating for the sake of the "simple", how to read Scripture. It loudly echoes the fourfold medieval way to which I briefly alluded.
"The Letter teaches events,
Allegory what you should believe,
Morality teaches you what you should do,
Anagogy [mystical reading] what mark you should be aiming for"