The Labyrinth of the World and the Paradise of the Heart (Google eBook)

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J.M. Dent and Company, 1905 - Mysticism - 306 pages
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Review: John Comenius: The Labyrinth of the World and the Paradise of the Heart

User Review  - David Piper, Jr - Goodreads

This is an amazing and exciting read. It brings about the imagery that one would think when looking at Heironymous Bosch or Bruegal. It is an over-the-top allegory on the moral conditions of the world ... Read full review

Review: John Comenius: The Labyrinth of the World and the Paradise of the Heart

User Review  - Jim Pokorny - Goodreads

Wonderful allegory in which Comenius's pilgrim seeks to examine every profession before choosing one that will lead to happiness. Inspired by Ecclesiastes the pilgrim learns that true happiness is not ... Read full review

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Page 189 - And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: he spake also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes.
Page 270 - Some say the Pilgrim's Progress is not mine, Insinuating as if I would shine In name and fame by the worth of another, Like some made rich by robbing of their brother ; Or that so fond I am of being Sire, I'll father bastards ; or, if need require, I'll tell a lye in print, to get applause. I scorn it ; John such dirt-heap never was, Since God converted him. Let this suffice To show why I my Pilgrim patronise.
Page 70 - It is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee : and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone," Matt. iv. 6. See also Luke iv. 10, 11 " The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man that they are vanity," Ps. xciv. 11. " It is written, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise that they are vain,
Page 298 - ... his persecuted and exiled people and his endeavours to assuage the bitter dissensions between the factions of the Reformed Church, his most influential gift to the religious life of his nation was The Labyrinth of the World and the Paradise of the Heart, the supplementary title of which reads ' a book that clearly shows that this world and all matters concerning it are nothing but confusion and giddiness, pain and toil, deceit and falsehood, misery and anxiety, and lastly, disgust of all...
Page 4 - Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
Page 254 - God, my heart is ready, my heart is ready : I will sing and give praise with the best member that I have. 2 Awake, thou lute, and harp : I myself will awake right early.
Page 133 - ... trumpet resounds, noisy cries arise. Then, behold, all rise up, seize daggers, cutlasses, bayonets, or whatever they have, and strike unmercifully at one another till blood spirts out. They hack and hew at one another worse than the most savage animals. Then in every direction the cries increased ; one could hear the tramping of horses, the clashing of armour, the clattering of swords, the growl of the artillery, the whistle of shots and bullets round our ears, the sound of trumpets, the crash...
Page 82 - I could rely on; nor was it certain that anything was really as it appeared, and not coloured before the eyes according to the fashion in which the eyeglasses were fitted on. But I saw that each one of these men trusted his own instrument thoroughly; thence arose much dispute on many matters.
Page 22 - striking likenesses," as they call it, that they all stand and gape at in astonishment (Lowers his voice) but at bottom they are all respectable, pompous horse-faces, and self-opinionated donkey-muzzles, and lop-eared, low-browed dog-skulls, and fatted swine-snouts and sometimes dull, brutal bull-fronts as well.

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