The Religion of Plato

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Princeton University Press, 1921 - Greece - 352 pages
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Page 258 - The ill-timed truth we might have kept — Who knows how sharp it pierced and stung? The word we had not sense to say — Who knows how grandly it had rung? "Our faults no tenderness should ask, The chastening stripes must cleanse them all; But for our blunders — oh, in shame Before the eyes of heaven we fall. "Earth bears no balsam for mistakes; Men crown the knave, and scourge the tool That did his will; but Thou, O Lord, Be merciful to me, a fool!
Page 142 - But the truth is, that no man is much regarded by the rest of the world. He that considers how little he dwells upon the condition of others, will learn how little the attention of others is attracted by himself.
Page 176 - I saw eternity the other night Like a great ring of pure and endless light, All calm as it was bright; And round beneath it, time in hours, days, years, Driv'n by the spheres, Like a vast shadow moved, in which the world And all her train were hurled...
Page 152 - Your genius will not be allotted to you, but you will choose your genius; and let him who draws the first lot have the first choice, and the life which he chooses shall be his destiny. Virtue is free, and as a man honours or dishonours her he will have more or less of her; the responsibility is with the chooser — God is justified.
Page 153 - And when he had spoken, he who had the first choice came forward and in a moment chose the greatest tyranny; his mind having been darkened by folly and sensuality, he had not thought out the whole matter...
Page 202 - What is that which always is and has no becoming; and what is that which is always becoming and never is ? That which is apprehended by intelligence and reason is always in the same state; but that which is conceived by opinion with the help of sensation and without reason, is always in a process of becoming and perishing and never really is.
Page 322 - I had not walked above A mile or two from my first love, And looking back, at that short space, Could see a glimpse of His bright face; When on some gilded cloud or flower My gazing soul would dwell an hour, And in those weaker glories spy Some shadows of eternity...
Page 83 - of great and deserved reputation says, that to place virtue in following nature is at best a loose way of talk. And he has reason to say this, if what I think he intends to express, though with great decency, be true, that scarce any other sense can be put upon those words, but acting as any of the several parts, without distinction, of a man's nature happened most to incline him.
Page 339 - ... above, Has perished all but life, and all but love,— And on all lives and on all loves outpoured Free grace and full, a spirit from the Lord, High in that heaven whose windless vaults enfold Just men made perfect, and an age all gold. Thine own Pythagoras is with thee there, And sacred Plato in that sacred air, And whoso followed, and all high hearts that knew In death's despite what deathless Love can do. To God's right hand they have scaled the starry way— Pure spirits these, thy spirit...
Page 338 - So sure a help the eternal Guardians gave, From Life's confusion so were strong to save, Upheld thy wandering steps that sought the day And set them steadfast on the heavenly way. Nor quite even here on thy broad brows was shed The sleep which shrouds the living, who are dead; Once by God's grace was from thine eyes unfurled This veil that screens the immense and whirling world, Once, while the spheres around thee in music ran, Was very Beauty manifest to man ; — Ah, once to have seen her, once...

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