“Grant me the grace, Lord God Almighty, to compose a few beautiful verses
which will prove to me that I am not the least of all men.”
(Starkie, 1958, 535)
“Lord, my God! You the Creator, You the Master; You who has made law and
liberty; You the Sovereign who lets things be; You the Judge who forgives;
You who is full of motives and causes, and whom, perhaps, has placed within
my spirit the taste of horror to convert my heart, like healing at the point
of a knife; Lord, have mercy, have mercy of fools and foolishness! O
Creator! Can there be monsters in the eyes of Him who knows why they exist,
how they are made, and how they could not have been made?”
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COWARD SOUL IS MINE
coward soul is mine,
trembler in the world’s storm-troubled sphere:
Heaven’s glory shine,
faith shines equal, arming me from fear.
within my breast,
Almighty, ever-present Deity!
that in me has rest,
undying life, have power in Thee!
are the thousand creeds
move man’s hearts: unutterably vain;
Worthless as withered weeds,
idlest froth amid the boundless main,
waken doubt in one
Holding so fast by Thy infinity,
surely anchored on
steadfast rock of immortality.
Spirit animates eternal years,
Pervades and broods above,
Changes, sustains, dissolves, creates, and rears.
earth and moon were gone,
suns and universes ceased to be,
Thou wert left alone,
existence would exist in Thee.
There is not room for Death,
Nor atom that His might could render void:
Thou -- THOU art Being and Breath,
And what THOU art may never be destroyed.
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heart beneath, as if, God speeding me,
entered His church door, nature leading me
I looked to these very skies,
probing their immensities ,
God there, His visible power;
the love of God -- above
power, didst hear me place His love,
was leaving the world for Thee.
Therefore Thou must not turn from me
As I had
chosen the other part!
and pride o=ercame
is bad, nor bear Thy test;
it should be our very best.
thought it best that Thou, the spirit,
worshiped in spirit and in truth,
beauty, as even we require it---
the forms burlesque, uncouth,
but now, as scarcely fitted
Thee: I knew not what I pitied.
I felt there, right or wrong,
it to Thee, who curest sinning?
Am I not
weak as Thou art strong?
looked to Thee from the beginning,
up to Thee through all the world
like an idle scroll, lay furled
nothingness on either side:
since the time Thou wast descried,
the weak heart, so have I
ever, and so fain would die,
and dying, Thee before!
Thou leavest me-----
in Christ as we all confess,
we prove would avail no jot
Him God, if God he were not?
(Browning, 1912, 11-42)
“All is in
the hands of God.”
gospels . . . are indeed truth.”
consider his (Tolstoy’s) faith to be nearest and most akin to mine.”
culture is but the beginning of a work for a great future, a work which will
go on, perhaps, for ten of thousands of years, in order that mankind may,
even in the remote future, come to know the truth of a real God -- that is,
not by guessing, not by seeking in Dostoevsky, but by perceiving clearly, as
one perceives that twice two is four.”
in one God sole and eternal, who
and with desire;
such belief I have proofs
and metaphysical, and
truth that rains
Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.
Paradiso, Canto XXIV, 125-132)
of Him who moves all
the universe, and is resplendent
part more and less in another.
Canto I, 1-3)
know, in this regard, that God and nature create nothing in vain, and that
whatever is createdserves some purpose.”
On World Government, I, iii)
is the absolute world government.”
resembles God most when it is most unified, for the true ground of unity
exists in Him alone.”
is best when it follows the footsteps of Heaven as far as its nature
heaven is governed in all its parts , motions, and movers by a single
motion, the Primum Mobile,and by a single mover, God.”
in human society God really wills must be regarded as truly and genuinely
achieves the highest perfection, and since his instruments, the heavens, are
without fault, only one alternative is left: any fault in things here below
must be due to a fault in God’s raw material, and must be external to the
plans of the God of creation and of Heaven.”
... is the door of our eternal dwelling.”
elevates. He alone establishes governments.”
alone, who is the master, of all things spiritual and temporal.”
is the ruler of all things spiritual and temporal”
“Remember! It is Christianity TO DO GOOD always - even to those who do evil
to us. It is Christianity to love our neighbour as ourself, and to do to all
men as we would have them DO to us. It is Christianity to be gentle,
merciful and forgiving, and to keep those qualities quiet in our own hearts,
and never make a boast of them, or of our prayers or our love of God, but
always to show that we love Him by humbly trying to do right in everything.
If we do this, and remember the life and lessons of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and try to act up to them, we may confidently hope that God will forgive us
our sins and mistakes, and enable us to live and die in peace.”
Divine teacher was as gentle and considerate as He was powerful and wise.
You all know He could still the raging of the sea, and could hush a little
child. As the utmost results of the wisdom of men can only be at last to
raise this earth to that condition to which His doctrine, untainted by the
blindnesses and passions of men
exalted it long ago; so let us always remember that He has set us the
example of blending the understanding and the imagination, and that,
following it ourselves, we tread on His steps, and help our race onto its
better and best days.”
“Nothing is discovered without God’s intention and assistance, and I suppose
every new knowledge of His works that is conceded to man to be distinctly a
revelation by which men are to guide themselves.
now most solemnly impress upon you the truth and beauty of the Christian
religion, as it came from Christ Himself, and the impossibility of your
going far wrong if you humbly but heartily respect it.”
have always striven in my writings to express veneration for the life and
lessons of Our Saviour; because I feel i t . . . But I have never made
proclamation ofthis from the house tops.”
made me, and shall Thy works decay?
now, for now my hand doth haste,
I runne to
death, and death meets me as fast,
And all my
pleasures are like yesterday;
As due by
many titles I resigne
to Thee, O God, first I was made
and for Thee, and when I was decay’d
bought that, the which was Thine;
I am Thy
sonne, made with Thy selfe to shine.
But who am
I, that dare dispute with Thee
Oh! Of thine onely worthy blood,
in it my sinnes black memorie;
remember them, some claime as debt,
it mercy if Thou wilt forget.
have often and repeatedly prayed on my knees for a pure heart, and for a
pure, sinless, calm, dispassionate style.”
“People here are trying with all their might to wipe me off the face of the
earth for the fact that I preach God and national roots.”
beautiful is the ideal; with us as in civilized Europe, have long been
wavering. There is in the world only one figure of absolute beauty: Christ.
That infinitely lovely figure is, as a matter of course, an infinite
have formulated my creed, wherein all is clear and holy to me . . . I
believe that there is nothing holier, deeper, more sympathetic, more
rational, more manly, and more perfect than the Saviour; I say to myself
with jealous love that not only is there no one else like Him, but there
could be no one.”
religion has brought the mystery of the need for atonement or expiation to
so complete, so profound, or so powerful expression as Christianity.”
God none the less admits access to Himself and intimacy with Himself is not
a mere matter of course; it is a grace beyond our mere power to apprehend, a
“What weight of ancient
witness can prevail
If private reason hold
the public scale?
But, gracious God, how
well dost Thou provide
For erring judgements an
Thy throne is darkness
in th’abyss of light,
A blaze of glory that
forbids the sight.
O teach me to believe
Thee thus conceal’d,
And search no further
than Thyself reveal’d.”
(Untermeyer, 1959, 205)
ALord, shall we not
bring these gifts to Your service?
not bring to Your service all our powers
for dignity, grace and order,
intellectual pleasures of the senses?
who created must wish us to create
our creation again in His service
already His service in creating.@
AWe build in vain unless the Lord
build with us.@
AO weariness of men who turn from God
To the grandeur of your
mind and the glory of your action,
To arts and inventions
and daring enterprises,
To the schemes of human
greatness thoroughly discredited,
Binding the earth and
the water to your service,
Exploiting the seas and
developing the mountains,
Dividing the stars into
common and preferred,
Engaged in devising the
Engaged in working out a
Engaged in printing as
many books as possible,
Plotting of happiness
and flinging empty bottles,
Turning from your
vacancy to fevered enthusiasm
For nation or race or
what you call humanity;
Though You forget the
way to the Temple,
There is one who
remembers the way to your door:
Life you may evade, but
Death you shall not.
You shall not deny the
“How dear, how soothing
to man, arises the idea of God, peopling the lonely place, effacing the
scars of our mistakes and disappointments!
have broken our god of tradition, and ceased from our god of rhetoric, then
may God fire the heart with His presence.”
he (man) would know what the great God speaketh, he must ‘go into his closet
and shut the door,’ as Jesus said.”
globe seen by God is a transparent law, not a mass of facts.”
now shows itself ethical and practical. We learn that God IS;
that He is
in me; and that all things are shadows of him.”
God every end is converted into a new means.”
plant upon the earth, so a man rests upon the bosom of God; he is nourished
by unfailing fountains and draws, at his need, inexhaustible power.”
"General, natural religion,
properly speaking, requires no faith, for the persuasion that a great
producing, regulating and conducting Being conceals himself, as it were,
behind nature, to make himself comprehensible to us. Such a conviction
forces itself upon every one. Nay, if we for a moment let drop this thread,
which conducts us through life, it may be immediately and everywhere
(Goethe, 1882, 114)
"God, the only, Eternal,
Infinite, to whom all the splendid yet limited creatures owe their
(Ibid., 204 )
remained to me but to part from this society; and as for my love for the
Holy Scriptures, as well as of the founder of Christianity and its early
professors, could not be taken from me."
"English, French, and Germans
had attacked the Bible with more or less violence, acuteness, audacity, and
wantonness, and just as often had it been taken under the protection of
earnest, sound-thinking men of each nation. As for myself, I loved and
valued it; for almost to it alone did I owe my moral culture: and the
events, the doctrines, the symbols. the similes, had all impressed
themselves deeply upon me and had influenced me in one way or another. These
unjust, scoffing, and perverting attacks, therefore, disgusted me."
higher truths are, the more cautious one must be with them; otherwise they
are converted into common things, and common things are not believed . . .
The word must be treated honestly. It is the highest gift of God to man.”
Christian will show his humility before everyone, it is the first sign by
which he may be recognized as a Christian.”
through the Old Testament: there you will find each of our present events,
you will see more clearly than day how the present has sinned before God,
and the terrible judgement of God upon it so manifestly presented that the
present will shake with trembling.”
on your knees before God and beg His wrath and His love! Wrath against what
ruins man, love for the poor soul of the man who has been ruined and who
"God's satire weighs on me.
The great author of the universe, the Aristophanes of Heaven, was bent on
demonstrating, with crushing force, to me, the little, earthly, German
Aristophanes, how my wittiest sarcasm are only pitiful attempts at jesting
in comparison with His, and how miserably I am beneath Him in humour, in
made our eyes a pair,
see clear everywhere
all that we read
eye would fill the need.
did God give likewise
look and gape and stare
world He made so fair
As a feast
for all man’s eyes;
the Creator’s not a
befitting, as if clay
wiser than the potter!
God places in His breath
and God blends with His voice
All the flowers of the
field, and the birds of the forest.
(Hugo, 1972, 553)
Cathedrals are beautiful
And rise high into the
But the nests of the
Are the building of God
(Hugo, 1967, P. 565)
“Let us love! That’s
all. This is God’s will.”
“The soul exists
And the proof
Is the fact that we
And that we contemplate
God promises everything
Showing us the heavens
is like promising it to us
And having shown it to
us is having promised it to us.”
“God I suffer too much
I cannot tell you how
And what goes on inside
I cannot hide from you
the dark battles
The deep despair
When God breathes on
man, He acts on his inner being
And sees deep within
My Lord, my whole being
is, since my childhood,
A hymn to the beauty of
creation. (Ibid., 841)
LAWRENCE, D. H.
sane can still recognise sanity
can still recognise God.
absolute reverence to nobody and to nothing human
persons nor things nor ideas, ideals nor religion
things I feel only respect, and a tinge of reverence
When I see
the fluttering of pure life in them.
something unseen, unknown, creative
I feel I am a derivative
absolute reverence. Say no more!
LONGFELLOW, HENRY WADSWORTH
truths, and manifold as
written in those stars above;
less in the bright flowerets
revelation of His love.
glorious is that revelation,
all over this great world of
(Longfellow, 1871, 5)
light, ofspring 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)
ALet us require no better authority
than God Himself
determining what is worthy or unworthy of Him.@
AIf 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.@
AOur 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.@
AWe 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.@
wants me to believe that He is
over all and, therefore,
On me as
dispenses one justice
with our measuring stick
measure nor understand.
believe in Him.
I pray you, to us, come back, Messiah,
with a pure hand
on undeserving doors again,
hunger and cold!
wrapped with your red mantle,
hatred nurturing your gentle word,
the dark houses, and abounds the visage
the noise of war . . .
are, Jesus, you are mercy:
to restore on earth
MEN AND WOMEN TOO
men and women too, all the world unspotted,
they might fortify the heart against life's stress,
Composed such prayers as still comfort us and bless.
none has stirred in me such deep emotions
that the priest recites at Lententide devotions,
words which mark for us that saddest season rise
often to my lips, and in that prayer lies
Support ineffable when I, a sinner, hear it:
Lord my life, avert Thou from my spirit
idle melancholy and ambitious sting,
hidden snake, and joy in foolish gossiping.
let me see, O God, my sins, and make confession,
that my brother be not dammed by my transgression,
quicken Thou in me the breath and being of
fortitude and meekness, chastity and love."
“The Father who directs all that is and
that is made according to His free will and His pleasure.”
(Febvre, 1962, 260)
“ When you say the word God, what does
it mean to you? To me it means an Eternal Spirit who has no beginning, who
has no end, such as no greater, no wiser or better can be conceived; By one
act of His omnipotence He created all things, visible and invisible. His
admirable wisdom regulates and governs the whole universe; His goodness
nourishes and preserves all of His creation.
“Without (God’s) sustenance and
government all things, in a moment, would become nothing, just as they had
been created for nothing.”
“What takes place is not what we wish or
ask for, but what pleases Jesus Christ, our Lord whom God had established
before the heavens were made . . . ”
“Almighty God, who has created all
“There is no other ruler besides God the
the name of God, I William Shakespeare...God be praised, do make and ordain
this, my last will and testament in manner and form following. That is to
say, first I commend my soul into the hands of God my Creator, hoping and
assuredly believing, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my savior, to be
made partaker of eternal life, and my body to the earth whereof it is made.
(Rouse, 1985, P. 182)