Affection's Gift to a Beloved God-child

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Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, 1819 - Children - 127 pages

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Page 31 - Eternal Maker has ordain'd The powers of man; we feel within ourselves His energy divine; he tells the heart, He meant, he made us to behold and love What he beholds and loves, the general orb Of life and being; to be great like him, Beneficent and active. Thus the men Whom Nature's works can charm, with God himself Hold converse; grow familiar, day by day, With his conceptions, act upon his plan; And form to his, the relish of their souls.
Page 101 - Are they not his by a peculiar right, And by an emphasis of interest his, Whose eye they fill with tears of holy joy, Whose heart with praise, and whose exalted mind With worthy thoughts of that unwearied love That plann'd, and built, and still upholds a world So clothed with beauty, for rebellious man...
Page 82 - Celestial happiness, whene'er she stoops To visit earth, one shrine the goddess finds, And one alone, to make her sweet amends For absent heaven — the bosom of a friend ; Where heart meets heart, reciprocally soft, Each other's pillow to repose divine.
Page 44 - The negligence of Nature, wide, and wild; Where, undisguised by mimic Art, she spreads Unbounded beauty to the roving eye.
Page 112 - Attractive, human, rational, love still: In loving thou dost well, in passion not, Wherein true love consists not: love refines The thoughts, and heart enlarges: hath his seat In reason, and is judicious; is the scale By which to heav'nly love thou may'st ascend, Not sunk in carnal pleasure; for which cause Among the beasts no mate for thee was found.
Page 52 - But should he hide his face, the astonish'd sun, And all the extinguish'd stars, would, loosening, reel Wide from their spheres, and Chaos come again. And yet was every faltering tongue of man, Almighty Father ! silent in Thy praise, Thy works themselves would raise a general voice, Even in the depth of solitary woods By human foot untrod ; proclaim Thy power, And to the choir celestial Thee resound, The eternal Cause, Support, and End of all...
Page 47 - The forms with which he sprinkles all the earth. Happy who walks with him ! whom what he finds Of flavour or of scent in fruit or flower, Or what he views of beautiful or grand In natuie, from the broad majestic oak To the green blade that twinkles in the sun, Prompts with remembrance of a present God ! His presence, who made all so fair, perceived Makes all still fairer.
Page 61 - Hast thou no friend to set thy mind abroach? Good sense will stagnate. Thoughts shut up want air, And spoil, like bales unopen'd to the sun.
Page 15 - God made thee perfect, not immutable; And good he made thee, but to persevere He left it in thy power; ordain'd thy will By nature free, not overruled by fate Inextricable, or strict necessity...
Page 29 - Who that bears A human bosom, hath not often felt How dear are all those ties, which bind our race In gentleness together...

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