The Royalist clergyman Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667) served as a chaplain to Charles I and was captured and imprisoned during the Civil War. After he was released from prison he retired to Wales where he wrote poetry, books of sermons, a prayer manual and an argument for toleration. The Puritan state found all of this uncongenial and imprisoned him no less than three times. Charles II rewarded his loyalty by making him Bishop of Down and Connor. His text recounting the conversion of St Paul on the road to Damascus is quite dramatic. Purcell's treatment of Fuller's vivid language and more than somewhat exaggerated sentiments is to add his own sometimes quite extraordinary musical twists and turns to depict his subject matter.