The Course of Time: A Poem in Ten Books

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W. Blackwood, 1828 - Всего страниц: 394
 

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Стр. 39 - Most wondrous book ! bright candle of the Lord ! Star of eternity ! the only star By which the bark of man could navigate The sea of life, and gain the coast of bliss Securely ; only star which rose on Time, And, on its dark and troubled billows, still, As generation, drifting swiftly by, Succeeded generation, threw a ray Of heaven's own light, and to the hills of God, The everlasting hills, pointed the sinner's eye...
Стр. 42 - This book, this holy book, on every line Marked with the seal of high divinity, On every leaf bedewed with drops of love Divine, and with the eternal heraldry And signature of God Almighty stamped From first to last, this ray of sacred light, This lamp, from off the everlasting throne, Mercy took down, and, in the night of Time Stood, casting on the dark her gracious bow ; And evermore beseeching men, with tears And earnest sighs, to read, believe, and live.
Стр. 141 - He touched his harp, and nations heard, entranced, As some vast river of unfailing source, Rapid, exhaustless, deep, his numbers flowed, And oped new fountains in the human heart.
Стр. 228 - And gave us robes of linen pure, and crowns Of life, and made us kings and priests to God. Shout back to ancient Time ! Sing loud, and wave Your palms of triumph ! sing, Where...
Стр. 295 - He was a man Who stole the livery of the court of heaven, To serve the devil in...
Стр. 106 - God passed in mercy by, — His praise be ever new ! — and on him breathed, And bade him live, and put into his hands A holy harp, into his lips a song, . That rolled its numbers down the tide of Time. Ambitious now but little, to be praised Of men alone ; ambitious most, to be Approved of God, the Judge of all; and have His name recorded in the book of life.
Стр. 390 - As, glorious, they on high ascended, sung Glory to God and to the Lamb! — they sung Messiah, fairer than the sons of men, And altogether lovely. Grace is poured Into thy lips, above all measure poured ; And therefore God hath blessed thee evermore.
Стр. 14 - And Sorrow, and Repentance, and Despair, Among them walked, and to their thirsty lips Presented frequent cups of burning gall. And as I listened, I heard these beings curse Almighty God, and curse the Lamb, and curse The earth, the resurrection morn, and seek, And ever vainly seek, for utter death. And to their everlasting anguish still, The thunders from above responding spoke These words, which, through the caverns of perdition Forlornly echoing, fell on every ear : " Ye knew your duty, but ye...
Стр. 144 - As some fierce comet of tremendous size, To which the stars did reverence as it passed, So he, through learning and through fancy took His flight sublime, and on the loftiest top Of fame's dread mountain sat. Not soiled and worn As if he from the earth had labored up, But as some bird of heavenly plumage fair He looked, which down from higher regions came, And perched it there to see what lay beneath.
Стр. 98 - The wise man, said the Bible, walks' with God ; Surveys, far on, the endless line of life ; Values his soul, thinks of eternity, Both worlds considers, and provides for both ; With reason's eye his passions guards ; abstains From evil ; lives on hope, on hope, the fruit Of faith ; looks upward, purifies his soul, Expands his wings, and mounts into the sky ; Passes the sun, and gains his father's house, And drinks with angels from the fount of bliss.

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