The Christ of Cynewulf: A Poem in Three Parts: The Advent, The Ascension, and The Last Judgment

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Ginn, 1900 - Whitman, Charles Huntington - 294 pages
 

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Page 21 - Lord, brightest of beacons, stand before all nations, wet with the pure blood of heaven's King, stained with His gore, shining brightly over the vast creation. Shadows shall be put to flight when the resplendent cross shall blaze upon all peoples. But this shall be for an affliction 1090 and a punishment to men, to those malefactors who knew no gratitude to God, that He, the King, was crucified on the holy rood for the sins of mankind, on that day when He whose body knew no sin nor base iniquity...
Page 13 - Thereupon from the four corners of the world, from the uttermost regions of earth, angels all-shining shall with one accord blow their crashing trumpets; the earth shall tremble under men. Glorious and steadfast they shall sound together over against the course of the stars, chanting in harmony and making melody from south and from north, from east and from west, throughout the whole creation. All mankind shall they wake from the dead unto the Last Judgment; they shall rouse the sons of men all aghast...
Page 21 - There shall sinful man, sad at heart, behold the greatest affliction. Not for their behoof shall the cross of our Lord, brightest of beacons, stand before all nations, wet with the pure blood of heaven's King, stained with his gore, shining 1 Das Jungste Gericht. *q. Cook, note on Christ 192. brightly over the vast creation. Shadows shall be put to flight when the resplendent cross shall blaze upon all peoples, . . . when the red rood shall shine brightly over all in the sun's stead.
Page 13 - ... one accord blow their crashing trumpets ; the earth shall tremble under men. Glorious and steadfast they shall sound together over against the course of the stars, chanting in harmony and making melody from south and from north, from east and from west, throughout the whole creation. All mankind shall they wake from the dead unto the Last Judgment ; they shall rouse the sons of men all aghast from the ancient earth, bidding them straightway arise from their deep sleep. Throughout the Old English...
Page 12 - O great our need," the poet cries, "that in this barren time ... we earnestly bethink us of the beauty of our souls ! " " O let us fix our hope," he concludes, " in that holy haven above, which the Lord celestial prepared for us when He ascended into the heavens ! . . . No hunger shall be there, nor thirst, nor sleep, nor sore disease, nor scorching of the sun, nor cold, nor care ; but there the company of the blest, most radiant of hosts, shall for aye enjoy the grace of their King and glory with...
Page 11 - B00 for their YEARNING and their NEED. There in that place shall many a one, weary and sore afraid, await what dire punishment He will mete out to them for their deeds. Gone is the WINSOMENESS 8o5 of earth's adornments.
Page 39 - ... zealously foster the 1580 beauty of his soul according to God's will, and be careful in word and deed, in thought and conduct, while this world, speeding with its shadows, may still shine for him ; so that he lose not in this 1585 fleeting time the blessedness of his joy and the fulness of his days, the beauty of his work and the reward of glory, which the righteous King of heaven shall give at that holy tide as a meed of victory to those who in spirit obey Him with gladness. i590 Then shall...

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