The kasdah (couplets) of Hj Abd el-Yezd, a lay of the higher law

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Bernard Quaritch, 1880 - 33 pages
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Page 27 - You know, my Friends, with what a brave Carouse I made a Second Marriage in my house ; Divorced old barren Reason from my Bed, And took the Daughter of the Vine to Spouse. LVI For 'Is' and 'IS-NOT' though with Rule and Line, And 'UP-AND-DOWN...
Page 22 - ... littleness of man, his farreaching aims, his short duration, the curtain hung over his futurity, the disappointments of life, the defeat of good, the success of evil, physical pain, mental anguish, the prevalence and intensity of sin, the pervading idolatries, the corruptions, the dreary hopeless irreligion, that condition of the whole race, so fearfully yet exactly described in the Apostle's words ' having no hope and without God in the world...
Page 31 - Others apart sat on a hill retired, In thoughts more elevate, and reasoned high Of providence, foreknowledge, will, and fate, Fixed fate, free will, foreknowledge absolute, And found no end, in wandering mazes lost...
Page 10 - All Faith is false, all Faith is true: Truth is the shattered mirror strown In myriad bits; while each believes his little bit the whole to own.
Page 28 - How poor, how rich, how abject, how august, How complicate, how wonderful, is man!
Page 15 - Do what thy manhood bids thee do, from none but self expect applause ; He noblest lives and noblest dies who makes and keeps his self-made laws.
Page 21 - To consider the world in its length and breadth, its various history, the many races of man, their starts, their fortunes, their mutual alienation, their conflicts; and then their ways, habits, governments, forms of worship; their enterprises, their aimless courses, their random achievements and acquirements, the impotent conclusion of long-standing facts, the tokens...
Page 5 - How Earth on Earth builds tow'er and wall, to crumble at a touch of Time ; How Earth on Earth from Shinar-plain the heights of Heaven fain would climb. How short this Life, how long withal ; how false its weal, how true its woes, This fever-fit with paroxysms to mark its opening and its close.
Page 17 - Pluck the old woman from thy breast : Be stout in woe, be stark in weal ; Do good for Good is good to do : Spurn bribe of Heav'en and threat of Hell. To seek the True, to glad the heart, such is of life the HIGHER LAW, Whose differ'ence is the Man's degree, the Man of gold, the Man of straw.

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