Sordello, Strafford, Christmas-eve and Easter-day

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Ticknor and Fields, 1864 - 412 pages
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Page 338 - No: love which, on earth, amid all the shows of it, Has ever been seen the sole good of life in it, The love, ever growing there, spite of the strife in it, Shall arise, made perfect, from death's repose of it.
Page 361 - What is left for us, save, in growth Of soul, to rise up, far past both, From the gift looking to the giver, And from the cistern to the river, And from the finite to infinity, And from man's dust to God's divinity ? xvn.
Page 335 - For the loving worm within its clod, Were diviner than a loveless god Amid his worlds, I will dare to say.
Page 372 - For the preacher's merit or demerit, It were to be wished the flaws were fewer In the earthen vessel, holding treasure, Which lies as safe in a golden ewer ; But the main thing is, does it hold good measure? Heaven soon sets right all other matters...
Page 346 - Earth breaks up, time drops away, In flows heaven, with its new day Of endless life, when He who trod, Very man and very God, This earth in weakness, shame and pain, Dying the death whose signs remain Up yonder on the accursed tree, Shall come again, no more to be Of captivity the thrall, But the one God, All in all, King of kings, Lord of lords, As His servant John received the words, ' I died, and live for evermore ! ' XI Yet I was left outside the door.
Page 362 - Whom do you count the worst man upon earth ? Be sure, he knows, in his conscience, more Of what right is, than arrives at birth In the best man's acts that we bow before : This last knows better - true, but my fact is, 'Tis one thing to know, and another to practise.
Page 367 - Needs must there be one way, our chief Best way of worship : let me strive To find it, and when found, contrive My fellows also take their share ! This constitutes my earthly care : God's is above it and distinct.
Page 2 - The historical decoration was purposely of no more importance than a background requires ; and my stress lay on the incidents in the development of a soul : little else is worth study.
Page 384 - The fire above my head, and drew My soul to Christ, whom now I see. Sergius, a brother, writes for me This testimony on the wall — For me, I have forgot it all.
Page 321 - ... (Soon it may be, and, certes, will be soon: My mission over, I shall not live long,) — Ay, here I know I talk — I dare and must, Of England, and her great reward, as all I look for there; but in my inmost heart, Believe, I think of stealing quite away To walk once more with Wentworth — my youth's friend Purged from all error, gloriously renewed, And Eliot shall not blame us.

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