A Collection of Miscellanies: Consisting of Poems, Essays, Discourses and Letters, Occasionally Written

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249 ページ - O send her out of thy holy heavens, and from the throne of thy glory, that being present she may labour with me, that I may know what is pleasing unto thee.
23 ページ - Shalt be — thou know'st not what — and live — thou know'st not how! Amazing state! no wonder that we dread To think of death, or view the dead; Thou'rt all wrapt up in clouds, as if to thee Our very knowledge had antipathy.
155 ページ - This was he, whom we had sometimes in derision, and a proverb of reproach: we fools accounted his life madness, and his end to be without honour: how is he numbered among the children of God, and his lot is among the saints!
295 ページ - We are in the world like men playing at tables, the chance is not in our power, but to play it is; and when it is fallen we must manage it as we can ; and let nothing trouble us, but when we do a base action, or speak like a fool, or think wickedly : these things God hath put into our powers; but concerning those things which are wholly in the choice of another, they cannot fall under our deliberation, and therefore neither...
12 ページ - Let there be light/ and straight sprang forth this wondrous day. Let now the eastern princes come, and bring Their tributary offering. There needs no star to guide their flight, They'll find thee now, great King, by thine own light. And thou, my soul, adore, love, and admire, And follow this bright guide of fire. Do thou thy hymns and praises bring, Whilst angels, with veil'd faces, anthems sing.
40 ページ - Tis I who to my promise faithful stand ; I who the powers of death, hell, and the grave Have foil'd with this all-conquering hand ; I who most ready am, and mighty too to save.
28 ページ - Thou reign'st unquestioned monarch in the empty space. Thy native lot thou didst to light resign, But still half of the globe is thine. Here with a quiet, but yet awful hand, Like the best emperors thou dost command. To thee the stars above their brightness owe...
115 ページ - It is a prodigious thing to consider that, although, amongst all the talents which are committed to our stewardship, time, upon several accounts, is the most precious; yet there is not any one of which the generality of men are more profuse and regardless. Nay, it is obvious to observe, that even those persons who are frugal and thrifty in every thing else, are yet extremely prodigal of their best revenue, time;' of which,' as Seneca nobly says, Earl of Chatham's habits. Minute knowledge. ' it is...
29 ページ - Emperors thou dost command. To thee the stars above their brightness owe, And mortals their repose below ; To thy protection Fear and Sorrow flee, And those that weary are of light, find rest in thee.
121 ページ - ... is a life of angels, the enamel of the soul, the huge advantage of religion, the great opportunity for the retirements of devotion'; and being empty of cares, it is full of prayers ; being unmingled with the world, it is apt to converse with God; and by not feeling the warmth of a too forward and indulgent nature, flames out with holy fires, till it be burning like the cherubim and the most ecstasied order of holy and unpolluted spirits.