turning the heart ...1669 obs.
from Latin Vorti-, Verticordia (turner or changer of hearts (an epithet of Venus)), from vertĕre (to turn) + cord- , cor (heart) + - ous
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1669 - see EXAMPLE below
"...Then cap. 24. he proves more largely, That this medicinal Grace is Vorticordious or most potent. 1. In that it does, by an ineffable suavitie, mixed with power, effectually overcome the heart. 2. In that God is the alone supreme Agent in this work. 3. In that this Medicinal Grace is such, as that its effect depends not on the will, but the will is by it determined:’ whence Austin saies, the will cannot resist this Grace, but that she is more in the power of Gods triumphant victorious Grace, than in her own, &c. Whence he proceeds to prove, that the Molinists Conditional Grace destroies Christs Medicinal Grace, and the difference 'twixt the Grace of a sick, and that of a sound will..."
From: The True Idea of Jansenisme, Both Historick and Dogmatick
- Theophilus Gale