Poems, Devotional and Didactic, from the Poetical Works of Bishop Ken [With a Memoir Signed J.R.]

Poems, Devotional and Didactic, from the Poetical Works of Bishop Ken [With a Memoir Signed J.R.]

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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. 1835* edition. Excerpt: ...suits. Prayer from the fall originally came, When sinners to God's blessing lost their claim; Praise with pure reason coetaneous rose, The native thoughts of God to hymn dispose; Beneficence and glory unconfined, To sacred rapture elevate the mind. Prayers are to pilgrims proper, and expire In heaven, where saints have nothing to desire; Praise shall in saints and angels never cease, But with fresh zeal eternally increase. Prayer often waits, and meets with just delay, God many times denies men when they pray; Praise takes to heaven an instantaneous flight, In hymns eternally God takes delight. Prayers, tinctures of self love too oft retain, When men peculiars for themselves would gain; BP. KEN'S POEMS. Praise, with an irreflex and steady view, Strives only to give God his glory due. Prayer moves within the limits of men's needs, And ne'er their short capacities exceeds; Praise compass and restriction all disdains, God prayer confines, but never praise restrains. Prayer with uncertainties may souls amuse, In ignorance or what, or when, to chuse; Praise moves with full assurance, not by guess, Regards not what they want, but what possess. Prayer often errs; praise is that grace alone, Which true infallibility may own: In praise men cannot from their duty stray, When they just thanks for God's vouchsafements Prayer is the language of afflicted hearts, pay. Which may remove or ease internal smarts; Praise is the joyful language of the blest, And antedates below supernal rest. Prayers, to the votary and the throne divine, Their portions, like peace-offerings, assign: Praise, like the holocaust, the whole devotes, God's glory with pure aim, entire promotes." Prayer was the style of the Mosaic law, Which strove Messias from high heaven to...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236569504
  • 9781236569509