The Sacred Minstrel

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author, by G.] May, 1830 - Religious poetry, English - 179 pages
 

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Page 116 - fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was there place found any more in heaven. And the great Dragon was cast out, that old Serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. REVELATIONS, xii. 7—9.
Page 119 - I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing : therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. DEUTERONOMY, xxx. 19.
Page 118 - belonged, So were created, nor can justly accuse Their Maker, or their making, or their fate; As if predestination over-rul'd Their will, dispos'd by absolute decree, Or high foreknowledge. They themselves decreed Their own revolt, not I: if I foreknew, Foreknowledge had no influence on their fault; Which had no less prov'd certain,
Page 118 - As if predestination over-rul'd Their will, dispos'd by absolute decree, Or high foreknowledge. They themselves decreed Their own revolt, not I: if I foreknew, Foreknowledge had no influence on their fault; Which had no less prov'd certain,
Page 118 - So without least impulse, or shadow of fate, Or ought by me immutably foreseen, They trespass; authors to themselves in all, Both what they judge, and what they choose; for so I form'd them free, and free they must remain, 'Till they inthrall themselves; I else must change Their nature, and revoke the high decree Unchangeable, eternal, which ordain'd Their freedom ; they themselves ordain'd their
Page 122 - Thence higher soaring, Through ye I raise my solemn thoughts to Him, The mighty Founder of this wondrous maze, The great Creator ! Him ! who now sublime, Wrapt in the solitary amplitude Of boundless space, above the rolling spheres, Sits on his silent throne and meditates.
Page 116 - Thou from the first Wast present; and with mighty wings outspread, Dove-like satt'st brooding on the vast abyss, And mad'st it pregnant.
Page 115 - ye left the world, but still unseen, Surround the earth as guardians of the good, Inspiring souls and leading them to Heaven. And oh! when shadows of a future world Advance, and Life is in the grasp of Death,
Page 113 - Up led by thee, Into the Heav'n of Heav'ns I have presum'd, An earthly guest, and drawn empyreal air.

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