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When our capacities shall be stretched to the utmost, and the rich, abounding object will fill and overflow them!
O what profound repose will that joy beget, a joy so infinitely high, and so eternally secure!
When in amorous languishment, we shall sweetly dissolve into that blissful union with the divine author of our being!
When, without losing what we are, , we shall become even what he is:
We shall partake of all his joys; and share in all the glory of his heavenly kingdom.
O what divine and ravishing words are these! how gently they enter and delight my ear!
How they diffuse themselves over my mind, and penetrate to my inmost soul!
I feel them operating through all my faculties; bringing the sweetest comfort to my heart, and refreshing it with their invigorating influence.
There, O my soul! we shall rest from all those labors, by which we are now preparing ourselves for that eminent happiness.
There sin and grief will have an end, and we shall no longer be troubled with inward or external cares.
There we shall repose forever, in the protection of our God, and in the arms and bosom of our dearest Lord.
O heaven! the eternal source of all these and infinitely greater joys;
As the hart pants after the water-brooks, so let my soul thirst after thee.
After thee let me daily sigh and mourn, and with a fixed and longing eye, look up and say:
When, O my God! shall I sit at that fountain-head, and drink to satiety from those living streams!
When shall I be inebriated with that torrent of pleasures, which gushes perpetually from thy glorious throne!
O that the days of my banishment were ended! How is the time of my pilgrimage prolonged!
Why am I still detained in this valley of tears? still wandering up and down in this land of trial?
Come, dear Saviour! my only hope, and sure deliverer from all my sorrows;
Come, and here begin to dwell in my heart, and fit' me for the life I shall lead hereafter.
Come, O my dearest Lord! and prepare my soul for thee, and then, when thou pleasest, take it to thyself.
Glory be to the Father, &c.
Ant. Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man to conceive what God has prepared for them that love him.
CHAPTER. Rom. 12.
Let love be without dissimulation. Hate that which is evil; adhere to that which is good. Love one another with brotherly love; in honor preventing one another. Be not slothful in attending to your legitimate occupations. Be fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope: patient in 'tribulation; punctual at prayer; communicating to the necessities of the saints: practising hospitality, Bless them that persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that rejoice: weep with them that weep: being mutually of the same mind, not high-minded, but condescending to the humble. Be not wise in your own conceits. Render to no man evil for evil. Be solicitous to do well, not only before God, but in the sight of all men.' If it be possible, as much as is in you, live peaceably with every one. Revenge 'not yourselves, most dearly beloved, but give place to wrath; for it is written: vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith our Lord. But if thy enemy be hungry, give him to eat; if he thirst, give him to drink; for doing this, thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Why do we seek felicity,
Where 'tis not to be found?
Where all delights abound?
O world! how little do thy joys
Concern a soul that knows,
As thy poor hand bestows!
How adverse thou to that design
For which we had our birth! Man who was made in heav'n to shine,
Thou bowest down to earth,
Nay, unto hell; for thither sink
All that to thee submit: Thou strew'st some flowers on the brink,
To drown us in the pit.
World! take away thy tinsel wares,
That dazzle here our eyes: Let us go up above the stars,
Where all our treasure lies.
The way we know; our dearest Lord
Himself, is gone before:
To op'n to us the door.