The pleasures of religion and other poems

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1856 - History - 136 pages
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Page 131 - He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he that is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
Page 135 - We shall soon meet in heaven ;" and, as he rather expected to die of the plague in Egypt, he added : " The way to heaven from Grand Cairo is as near as from London.
Page 133 - The place where he was, namely, in the lower earth, was a little to the left, where he was also seen by me, holding a knife in his hand, as though he would plunge it into his breast, but with which he strove hard, as if wishing rather to cast it from him, but in vain.
Page 131 - to discourse with some who lived two thousand years ago, and whose lives are described in history and hence made known : they were found to be still like themselves, and altogether such as they had been described, thus the same in respect to the love which constituted their life. There were others who lived seventeen hundred years ago, and who are also known from history ; and others who lived four hundred years ago, and others, three, and so on, with whom, also, it was granted to hold converse...
Page 103 - 11 bring thee through : full well He knows the way — He trod that path before : — He 's JESUS named. Surely the dawn there glimmers ! yes ! the path Is plainer now. Press on, my soul, press on ! The cloud is breaking ! golden streaks appear In the sweet East. I feel a balmy air Upon my spirit breathe, that tells of groves And the celestial mansions ! 0, a dew of peace...
Page 81 - DUTY. UPON the path of duty shines a light, Far brighter than the sun ; Nor yield the charms of nature such delight, As that of duty done. I wandered through the fields and on the hills ; The blue sky o'er me hung : Forgetting human woes and all life's ills, My heart to nature clung. I gazed into the peaceful depths of heaven, Till rapt tears filled my eyes ; I could have lingered, till approaching Even...
Page 131 - ... extinguish it. The reason is, that man after death can no longer be reformed by instruction, as in the world ; because the ultimate plane, which consists of natural knowledges and affections, is then quiescent, and cannot be opened, because it is not spiritual : and yet upon that plane the interiors of the mind rest, as a house on its foundation. Hence it is, that man remains to eternity, such as his life had been in the world.
Page 103 - ... souls are lost, And ye would murder mine." — Stand firm, my soul ! Hold fast ! There is a God, though now unseen ; There is a heaven, though shrouded now from view : There is blest happiness beyond the grave. This precious Word so teaches : 'tis my lamp. Whereby, in this mind's night, I still discern The glimmering path, and find my trembling way Through the dark vale. Hold fast, my soul ! keep on ! Yes ! on ! keep on ! close by thy side...
Page 102 - TEMPTATION. Thickly around infernal spirits press, . And bring a saddening gloom. The mind is dark, The love of heaven is cold, and hope is fled : "fis the soul's night.
Page 102 - This world is cold and bleak ; and sickness, want, " And crime, and wretchedness, and ruin reign : — " Without— within— all dark ! " Now black Despair Approaches, and invites the soul to death — To self-destruction. Back, vile tempter ! No! Away, ye fiends ! why tempt ye me? begone ! I have a soul to save ; your souls are lost, And ye would murder mine.

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