Kear; A Poem in Seven Cantos

Kear; A Poem in Seven Cantos

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...here until Resigned to what is best. Nor can we be, Though sinning never, from temptation free Till we are reconciled to earthly loss, And death is swallowed up in victory. Doubt, fear, and bitterness are but the dross Of our infirmities, and perish on the cross. IV. What we call evil is not substantive, But is like darkness, cold, and nakedness, A negative condition which doth give Disease, disorder, unrestraint, or stress That are unnatural. If we transgress The law--which is our medium of life--We lose its gifts of health and happiness; Which is an evil state, degraded, rife With famine, sufferings, passions unsubdued, and strife. v. It is perverted good. Thus avarice, The greed of gain, is failure to return In charity as we receive; and vice But reckless waste from failure to discern The limits of indulgence, or to learn Our passions to control. So, too, ambition Becomes but selfish pride, except we burn To right the wrong and seek the acquisition Of glory which in righteousness hath its fruition. VI. Or evil may result from weakness, --lack Of strength in few or many faculties, --Whereby diseases or demoniac Possessions come, and from which there arise Transgressions, sins, and inconsistencies Of mind. And evil, thus personified In lower natures which sin falsifies, Seems positive, producing selfish pride, Hate, envy, dissipation, murder, suicide. VII. But it is always lack of harmony Within ourselves, or in our contacts. Hence Temptations, though all evil, may yet be Sinful or sinless, --through our own offence, Our weaknesses, or through our innocence; From sin within or sin without, --our own Or that of others. Each yields recompense, If overcome, --salvation unto one; Another suffering for the truth, a fadeless crown. VIII. The noblest mindshow more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236584473
  • 9781236584472