'The Blessed Hope'

'The Blessed Hope'

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...a chasm, an abhorr'd release. But Immortality, that Redeemer creed, Makes life first life, worth having, life indeed! CXIII. Nothing can to her gracious beauty add, And thy dear greatness, but that blessed truth, --Our last sheet-anchor, where the ground is bad. Our compensation for the loss of youth. Without that all suggests a death's-head feast; Earth and my brothers mere afflicted clay; 1 fix mine eyes on that eternal east, After life's twilight, --dreamful night called day. For oh! the doubt will even crush me now, --That faith is but a wish-begotten dream; And then a cold sweat breaks out on my brow, Sinking at sea with nought but lightning's gleam: Oh all ye stars above the wide world's shore Strike the belief in me for evermore! Oh Consciousness, now double-edged yon show!--A heavenly blessing, or a hellish curse; 'Twere better not to be, than be and know We shall not be--?--the soul knows few things worse. Ah me, what aspirations, ties destroyed! How desperate were the approach of death! To sink like lead; unsatisfied, yet cloyed; A painful souvenir in every breath. Sweet world (we think) shall we see thee no more; Dear friends, high aims, and must we hopeless part; Knowledge, be closed thy door--door after door--No freer play be given to head and heart? Nature is hard to solve, as truth to see, But cannot such a contradiction be 1--f--Nature was bound to eventuate in man, Or to her great self she had ne'er been known; Oh Ariadne thought in this vast plan! For Consciousness imports, and that alone. Hence there must be far higher souls than we, To comprehend far higher spheres than ours; And hence the faith, among them we may be, Assuming garbs of ever higher powers. Eternal stars! we cannot be condemn'd To know so much of ye, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236787234
  • 9781236787231