light, of spring of Heav'n
Or of th'Eternal
express thee unblam'd
since God is light,
but in unapproached light
from eternitie, dwelt then in thee,
effluence of bright essence increate
Thou rather pure Ethereal stream,
Fountain who shall tell? before the sun,
the Heavens Thou wert, and at the voice
as with a Mantle didst invest
rising world of waters dark and deep,
the void and formless infinite.
Book III, 1-12)
O Son, in
whom my souls has chief delight,
Son of my
bosom, Son who art alone
my wisdom, and effectual might,
as my thoughts are, all
Eternal purpose hath decreed:
not quite be lost, but sav'd
of will in him, but grace in me
voutsaft; once more I will renew
lapsed powers, though forfeit and enthrall'd
By sin to
foul exorbitant desires;
me, yet once more he shall stand
ground against his mortal foe,
upheld , that he may know how how frail
is, and to me ow
and to none but me.
Book III, 168-182)
"Let us require no better authority
than God Himself
determining what is worthy or unworthy of Him."
"If after the work of six days it be
said of God that he rested and was refreshed
. . . let us believe that it is not beneath the dignity of God . . . to be
refreshed in that which refreshed Him . . . For however we may attempt to
soften down such expressions by a latitude of interpretation, when applied
to the Deity, it comes in the end to precisely the same."
"Our safest way is to form in our
minds such a conception of God, as shall correspond with His own delineation
and representation of Himself in the sacred writings."
"We may be sure that sufficient care
has been taken that the Holy Scriptures should contain nothing unsuitable to
the character or dignity of God, and that God should say nothing of Himself
which could derogate from His own majesty."