Nor are thy , Sire of men,
Nor tongue ineloquent; for God on thee
Abundantly his gifts hath also
Inward and outward both, :
Speaking or mute all and grace
Attends thee, and each word, each motion .
Nor less think in of thee on Earth
of our fellow servant, and inquire
Gladly into the of God with Man:
For God we see hath thee, and set
On Man his Equal Love: say therefore on;
For I that Day was absent, as befell,
Bound on a voyage and obscure,
on excursion toward the Gates of Hell;
in full Legion (such command we had)
To see that none thence forth a ,
Or , while God was in his work,
Least at such eruption bold,
Destruction with Creation might have .
Not that they durst without his leave attempt,
But us he sends upon his high behests
, as King, and to
Our prompt obedience. Fast we found, fast shut
The dismal Gates, and strong;
But long ere our approaching heard within
Noise, other the sound of Dance or Song,
Torment, and loud lament, and furious .
Glad we up to the coasts of Light
Ere Sabbath : so we had in charge.
But thy relation now; for I attend,
with thy words .
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Paradise Lost Book 8 text - Dartmouth College
14. On a certain day, then, when Nebridius was away -- for some reason I cannotremember -- there came to visit Alypius and me at our house one Ponticianus, a fellowcountryman of ours from Africa, who held high office in the emperor's court. What hewanted with us I do not know; but we sat down to talk together, and it chanced that henoticed a book on a game table before us. He took it up, opened it, and, contrary to hisexpectation, found it to be the apostle Paul, for he imagined that it was one of mywearisome rhetoric textbooks. At this, he looked up at me with a smile and expressed hisdelight and wonder that he had so unexpectedly found this book and only this one, lyingbefore my eyes; for he was indeed a Christian and a faithful one at that, and often heprostrated himself before thee, our God, in the church in constant daily prayer. When Ihad told him that I had given much attention to these writings, a conversation followed inwhich he spoke of Anthony, the Egyptian monk, whose name was in high repute among thyservants, although up to that time not familiar to me. When he learned this, he lingeredon the topic, giving us an account of this eminent man, and marveling at our ignorance. Wein turn were amazed to hear of thy wonderful works so fully manifested in recent times --almost in our own -- occurring in the true faith and the Catholic Church. We all wondered-- we, that these things were so great, and he, that we had never heard of them.
The Confessions of Saint Augustine: Book X
This hast Thou taught me, that I should set myself to take food as physic. But while I am passing from the discomfort of emptiness to the content of replenishing, in the very passage the snare of concupiscence besets me. For that passing, is pleasure, nor is there any other way to pass thither, whither we needs must pass. And health being the cause of eating and drinking, there joineth itself as an attendant a dangerous pleasure, which mostly endeavours to go before it, so that I may for her sake do what I say I do, or wish to do, for health's sake. Nor have each the same measure; for what is enough for health, is too little for pleasure. And oft it is uncertain, whether it be the necessary care of the body which is yet asking for sustenance, or whether a voluptuous deceivableness of greediness is proffering its services. In this uncertainty the unhappy soul rejoiceth, and therein prepares an excuse to shield itself, glad that it appeareth not what sufficeth for the moderation of health, that under the cloak of health, it may disguise the matter of gratification. These temptations I daily endeavour to resist, and I call on Thy right hand, and to Thee do I refer my perplexities; because I have as yet no settled counsel herein.
Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
And all my hope is no where but in Thy exceeding great mercy. Give what Thou enjoinest, and enjoin what Thou wilt. Thou enjoinest us continency; and when I knew, saith one, that no man can be continent, unless God give it, this also was a part of wisdom to know whose gift she is. By continency verily are we bound up and brought back into One, whence we were dissipated into many. For too little doth he love Thee, who loves any thing with Thee, which he loveth not for Thee. O love, who ever burnest and never consumest! O charity, my God, kindle me. Thou enjoinest continency: give me what Thou enjoinest, and enjoin what Thou wilt.
Enter ROMEO ROMEO He jests at scars that never felt a wound
To whom the great thus .
O Son, in whom my Soul hath chief delight,
Son of my bosom, Son who art alone
All hast thou as my thoughts are, all
As my Eternal purpose hath decreed:
Man shall not quite be lost, but who will,
Yet not of will in him, but in me
Freely ; once more I will renew
His lapsed powers, though forfeit and
By sin to foul exorbitant desires;
Upheld by me, yet once more he shall stand
On even ground against his mortal foe,
By me upheld, that he may know how frail
His condition is, and to me
All his , and to none but me.
Some I have chosen of peculiar grace
Elect above the rest; so is my will:
The rest shall hear me call, and be
sinful state, and to appease betimes
incensed while grace
Invites; for I will senses dark,
What may suffice, and hearts
To Prayer, repentance, and obedience due,
Though but with sincere intent,
Mine ear shall not be slow, mine eye not shut.
And I will place within them as a guide
My Umpire whom if they will hear,
Light after light well they shall attain,
And to the end persisting, safe arrive.
This my long sufferance and my day of grace
They who neglect and scorn, shall never taste;
But hard be , blind be blinded more,
That they may stumble on, and deeper fall;
And none but such from mercy I exclude.
But yet all is not ; Man disobeying,
Disloyal breaks his , and
Against the high of ,
Affecting God-head, and so all,
To expiate his Treason hath naught left,
But to destruction sacred and devote,
He with his whole must ,
or Justice must; unless for him
other able, and as willing, pay
The rigid satisfaction, death for death.
Say Powers, where shall we find such ,
Which of ye will be mortal to redeem
mortal crime, and just unjust to save,
in all Heaven so ?
JULIET appears above at a window
He , but all the ,
And silence was in : on behalf
Patron or Intercessor none ,
Much less that durst upon his own head draw
The deadly forfeiture, and ransom set.
And now without redemption all mankind
Must have lost, to Death and Hell
By doom severe, had not the Son of God,
In whom the dwells of love divine,
His dearest mediation thus .