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120. ANGELS, Ezistence of,
And all for love, and nothing for reward; These stars, though unbeheld in deep of Oh, why should heavenly God to men have night,
such regard !
Edmund Spenser. Shine not in vain; nor think, though men
123. ANGELS, Music of. That heav'n would want spectators, God want praise;
The multitude of angels with a shout Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth Loud as from numbers without number sweet, Unseen, both when we wake and when we With jubilee, and loud hosannas filled (rung
As from blest voices uttering joy, Heaven sleep;
(hold, All these with ceaseless praise his works be
The eternal regions; lowly reverent
Towards either throne they bow, and to the Both day and night: how often from the steep Of echoing hill or thicket have we heard
ground, Celestial voices to the midnight air,
With solemn adoration down they cast
Their crowns inwove with amarant and Sole, or responsive each to other's note, Singing their great Creator? oft in bands
goldWhile they keep watch, or nightly rounding In Paradise, fast by the tree of life,
Immortal amarant, a flower which once walk With heav'nly touch of instrumental sounds Began to bloom ; but soon for man's offence In full harmonic number joined, their songs
To Heaven removed, where first it grew, there Divide the night, and lift our thoughts to and flowers aloft, shading the fount of life,
And where the river of bliss, through midst 121. ANGELS and Men.
of Heaven, Angels are men of a superior kind;
Rolls o'er Elysian flowers her amber stream: Angels are men in lighter habit clad, (flight, With these, that never fade, the spirits elect High o'er celestial mountains winged in Bind their resplendent locks inwreathed with And men are angels loaded for an hour,
[bright Who wade the miry vale, and climb with Now in loose garlands thick thrown off, the pain,
Pavement, that like a sea of jasper shone, And slippery step, the bottom of the steep. Impurpled with celestial roses smiled. Angels their failings, mortals have their Then, crowned again, their golden harps they praise ;
tookWhile here, of corpse ethereal, such enrolled, Harps ever tuned, that glittering by their side And summoned to the glorious standard soon, Like quivers hung; and, with preamble sweet Which flames eternal crimson through the Of charming symphony, they introduce skies.
Their sacred song, and waken raptures high : Nor are our brothers thoughtless of their kin, No voice exempt—no voice but well could Yet absent, but not absent from their love. join Michael has fought our battles, Raphael sung Melodious part; such concord is in Heaven. Our triumphs, Gabriel on our errands flown,
Milton. Sent by the Sovereign; and are these, O man! 124. ANGELS, Office of the Thy friends and warm allies, and thou (shame They are God's minist'ring spirits, and are buin
His messengers of mercy, to fulfil [sent Thy cheek to cinder!) rival to the brutes ! Good for Salvation's heirs. For us they Edward Young.
still 122. ANGELS, Ministry of.
Grieve when we sin, rejoice when we repent; And is there care in heaven? And is there and on the last dread day they shall present love
The sever'd righteous at His holy hill, In heavenly spirits to these creatures base,
With them God's face to see, to do His That may compassion of their evils move?
(meant There is: else much more wretched were the And bear with them His likeness. Was it
(grace That we this knowledge should in secret seal, Of men than beasts. But, oh, the exceeding Unthought of, unimproving? Rather say, Of highest God, that loves His creatures so, God deign'd to man His angel hosts reveal, And all His works with mercy doth embrace,
That man might learn like angels to obey; That blessed angels He sends to and fro, And those, who long their bliss in heaven to To serve to wicked man, to serve His wicked feel,
Might strive on earth to serve Him even as
Bp. Mant. How oft do they their silver bowers leave,
125. ANGELS, Strife of. To come to succor us that succor want! My dwelling had been situate beside How oft do they with golden pinions cleave The myriads of a vast metropolis : The flittering skies, like flying pursuivant, But now astonish'd I beheld, and lo! Against foul fiends to aid us militant ! There were more spirits than men, more They for us fight, they watch, and duly ward, habitants And bright squadrons round about us plant; l of the thin air than of the solid ground:
The firmament was quick with life. As For the good that man achievethwhen
Good beyond an angel's doubt-
One (severe and silent Watcher)
Noteth every crime and guile, Encamping. Thus in numbers numberless
Writes it with a holy duty, The hosts of darkness and of light appear'd
Seals it not, but waits awhile; Thronging the air. They were not ranged
If the evil-doer cry not for fight,
“God, forgive me!" ere he sleeps, But mingled host with host, angels with men.
Then the sad stern spirit seals it, Nor was it easy to discern the lost
And the gentler spirit weeps. From the elect. There were no horned fiends
P. Prince. As some have fabled, no gaunt skeletons
127. ANGER, Fruits of. Of naked horror; but the fallen wore, Full many mischiefs follow cruel wrath : Even as the holy angels, robes of light; Abhorred bloodshed, and tumultuous Nor did their ruin otherwise appear (hate, strife, Than in dark passions, envy, and pride, and Unmanly murder, and unthrifty scath, Which like a brand upon their brow obscured Bitter despite, with rancour's rusty knife, Thc lustre of angelic loveliness.
And fretting grief, the enemy of life; It was not open battle, might with might All these, and many evils more, haunt ire. Contesting; but uninterrupted war
The swelling spleen, and phrenzy raging rife, Of heavenly faithfulness and hellish craft. The shaking palsy, and Saint Francis fire: By every saint a holy watcher stood; Such one was wrath, the last of this ungodly By some a company of blessed spirits ;
Edmund Spenser. Each had their ministry assign'd. And oft
128, ANIMALS, Oreation of. From some superior chief the watchword pass'd,
The sixth, and of creation last, arose Or warnings came of stratagems foreseen,
With evening harps and matin; when God Or tidings from the court of glory sped
said, From lip to lip more quickly than the
“Let the earth bring forth soul living in her thoughts
Cattle, and creeping things, and beasts of the Which men decipher from electric signs.
(straight Far off their armor gleam'd. On the other Each in their kind.” The Earth obeyed, and hand
Opening her fertile womb, teemed at a birth The spirits of darkness freely intermix'd
Innumerous living creatures, perfect forms, With all ; innumerable legions arm’d;
Limbed and full grown. Out of the ground And, baffled oft, to their respective lords
(wons The thrones and principalities of hell
As from his lair, the wild beast, where he Repairing, better learn'd their cursed lore
In forest wild, in thicket, brake, or den; To win or storm the ramparts of the heart
Among the trees in pairs they rose, they Except to treachery impregnable.
walked : E. H. Bickersteth.
The cattle in the fields and meadows green; 126. ANGELS, Two.
Those rare and solitary, these in flocks Man hath two attendant angels,
Pasturing at once, and in broad herds up sprung.
[appeared Ever waiting at his side, With him wheresoe'er he wanders,
The grassy clods now calved; now half
The tawny lion, pawing to get free [bonds, Wheresoc'er his feet abide. One to warn him when in danger,
His hinder parts; then springs, as broke from And rebuke him if he stray:
And rampant shakes his brinded mane: the
ounce, One to leave him to his nature, And so let him go his way.
The libbard, and the tiger, as the mole
Rising, the crumbled earth above them threw Two recording spirits, reading
In hillocks: the swift stag from underground All his life's minutest part,
Bore up his branching head: scarce from his Looking in his soul and listening
mould, To the beatings of his heart.
Behemoth, biggest born of Earth, upheaved Each with pen of fire electric,
His vastness: Aeeced the flocks and bleating Writes the good and evil wrought;
rose, Writes with truth that adds not, errs not,
As plants: ambiguous between sea and land, Purpose, action, word, and thought.
The river-horse, and scaly crocodile.
At once came forth whatever creeps the One, the Teacher and Reprover,
[fans Marks each heaven-deserving deed; Insect or worm: those waved their limber Graves it with the lightning's vigor; For wings, and smallest lineaments exact Seals it with the lightning's speed;
In all the liveries decked of summer's pride,
With spots of gold and purple, azure and No voice that shall be heard in his defence ? green:
no sentence to be passed on These, as a line, their long dimension drew, oppressor ? Streaking the ground with sinuous trace; Yea, the sad eye of the tortured pleadeth not all
pathetically for him ; Minims of nature ; some of serpent kind, Yea, all the justice in heaven is roused in Wondrous in length and corpulence, involved indignation at his woes; Their snaky folds, and added wings. First Yea, all the pity upon earth shall call down The parsimonious emmet, provident [crept a curse upon the cruel; Of future; in small room large heart inclosed ; Yea, the burning malice of the wicked is Pattern of just equality perhaps
their own exceeding punishment. Hereafter, joined in her popular tribes The Angel of Mercy stoppeth not to comfort, Of commonalty: swarming next appeared but passeth by on the other side, The female bee, that feeds her husband And hath no tear to shed, when a cruel man drone
M. F. Tupper. Deliciously, and builds her waxen cells With honey stored. The rest are numberless, 130. ANNIHILATION, Absurdity of. And thou their natures knowest, and gavest Why life, a moment ? infinite, desire ?
them names, Needless to thee repeated; nor unknown
Our wish, eternity ? our home, the grave? The serpent, subtlest beast of all the field,
Heaven's promise dormant lies in human Of huge extent sometimes, with brazen eyes
hope: And hairy mane terrific, though to theo
Who wishes life immortal proves it too. Not noxious, but obedient at thy call.
Why happiness pursued, though never found? Milton.
Man's thirst of happiness declares it is,
For nature never gravitates to nought : 129. ANIMALS, Treatment of.
That thirst, unquenched, declares it is not
here. Verily, they are all thine: freely mayest thou Why cordial friendship riveted so deep, serve thee of them all :
As hearts to pierce at first, at parting, rend, They are thine by gift for thy needs, to be If friend and friendship vanish in an hour?
used in all gratitude and kindness; Is not this torment in the mask of joy? Gratitude to their God and thine,-their Why by reflection marred the joys of sense ? Father and thy Father,
Why past and future preying on our hearts, Kindness to them who toil for thee, and help And putting all our present joys to death? thee with their all:
Why labors reason ?-instinct were as well! For meat, but not by wantonness of slaying: Instinct far better—what can choose can err.
for burden, but with limits of hu- o, how infallible the thoughtless brute ! manity.
'Twere well his holiness were half as sure. For luxury, but not through torture: for Reason with inclination, why at war?
draught, but according to the strength: Why sense of guilt? why conscience up in For a dog cannot plead his own right, nor
arms ? render a reason for'exemption, Conscience of guilt is prophecy of pain, Nor give a soft answer unto wrath, to turn And bosom counsel to decline the blow. aside the undeserved lash;
Reason with inclination ne'er had jarred, The galled ox cannot complain, nor suppli- If nothing future paid forbearance here. cate a moment's respite;
Thus on. these, a thousand pleas The spent horse hideth his distress, till he uncalled,
panteth out his spirit at the goal; All promise, some insure, a second scene; Also, in the winter of life, when worn by Whích, were it doubtful, would be dearer far constant toil,
Than all things else most certain; were it If ingratitude forget his services, he cannot false, bring them to remembrance;
What truth on earth so precious as the lie ? Behold, he is faint with hunger; the big This world it gives us, let what will ensue; tear standeth in his eye;
This world it gives, in that high cordial, hope; His skin is sore with stripes, and he tottereth The future of the present is the soul. [next í beneath his burden;
How this life groans, when severed from the His limbs are stiff with age, his sinews have Poor mutilated wretch, that disbelieves ! lost their vigor,
By dark distrust his being cut in two, And pain is stamped upon his face, while he In both parts perishes: life void of joy,
wrestleth unequally with toil; Sad prelude of eternity in pain! Yet once more mutely and meekly endureth Could'st thou persuade me, the next life he the crushing blow;
could fail That struggle hath cracked his heart-strings. Our ardent wishes, how should I pour out the generous brute is dead !
My bleeding heart in anguish, new as deep! Liveth there no advocate for him ? no judge O, with what thoughts (thy hope, and my to avenge bis wi wrongs?
Abhorred ANNIHILATION blasts the soul, How long shall sloth usurp the useless hours, And wide extends the bounds of human woe! Unnerve thy vigor, and enchain thy powers;
Edward Young. While artful shades thy downy couch enclose,
And soft solicitation courts repose ? 131. ANNIHILATION, Advocates of.
Amidst the drowsy charms of dull delight, Are there on earth (let me not call them Year chases year with unremitted flight, men!)
Till want now following, fraudulent and Who lodge a soul immortal in their breasts,
[foe. Unconscious as the mountain of its ore,
Shall spring to seize thee like an ambushed Or rock, of its inestimable gem ? [these
Samuel Johnson. When rocks shall melt, and mountains vanish, Shall know their treasure-treasure, then, no
134. ANXIETY, Misery of. Are there (still more amazing!) who resist Thou hast seen many sorrows, travel-stained The rising thought? who smother, in its pilgrim of the world, birth,
(brutes ? But that which hath vexed thee most, hath The glorious truth? who struggle to be been the looking for evil; Who, through this bosom-barrier burst their And though calamities have crossed thee and way,
misery been heaped on thy head, And, with reversed ambition, strive to sink? Yet ills that never happened have chiefly Who labor downwards through the opposing
made thee wretched. powers
(them, Verily, evils may be courted, may be wooed Of instinct, reason, and the world against and won by distrust; To dismal hopes, and shelter in the shock For the wise Physician of our weal loveth not Of endless night ?—night, darker than the an unbelieving spirit; graves!
And to those giveth he good, who rely on Who fight the proofs of immortality ?
his hand for good; With horrid zeal, and execrable arts, And those leaveth he to evil, who fear, but Work all their engines, level their black fires, trust him not. To blot from man this attribute divine, Ask for good, and hope it; for the ocean of (Than vital blood far dearer to the wise),
good is fathomless ; Blasphemers and rank atheists to themselves? Ask for good, and have it; for thy Friend Edward Young.
would see thee happy; 132. ANNIHILATION, License of.
But to the timid heart, to the child of unbeDuty! Religion !- These, our duty done,
lief and dread,
That leaneth on his own weak staff, and Imply reward. Religion is mistake. Duty !-there's none, but to repel the cheat.
trusteth in the sight of his eyes, Ye cheats, away! ye daughters of my pride, The evil he feared shall come, for the soil is Who feign yourselves the favorites of the And suspicion hath coldly put aside the
ready for the seed, Ye towering hopes, abortive energies, [skies! That toss and struggle in my lying breast
hand that was ready to help him. To scale the skies, and build presumptions
Therefore look up, sad spirit; be strong, thou As I were heir of an eternity
coward heart, Vain, vain ambitions ! trouble me no more.
Or fear will make thee wretched, though evil
follow not behind. Why travel far in quest of sure defeat ? As bounded as my being be my wish.
Cease to anticipate misfortune,—there are
still many chances of escape; All is inverted; wisdom is a fool. Sense! take the rein; blind passion! drive
But if it come, be courageous, face it and
conquer thy calamity. us on; And ignorance befriend us on our way;
There is not an enemy so stout as to storm
and take the fortress of the mind, Ye new, but truest patrons of our peace ? Yes, give the pulse full empire; live the Unless its infirmity turn traitor, and fear un
bar the gates. brute,
[man, Since, as the brute, we die .... the sum of The valiant standeth as a rock, and the bil
lows break upon him; Of Godlike man, to revel and to rot!
The timorous is a skiff unmoored, toss'd and
mocked at by a ripple; 133. ANT, Lesson from the.
The valiant holdeth fast to good, till evil Turn to the prudent ant thy heedful eyes,
wrench it from him ; Observe her labors, sluggard, and be wise : The timorous casteth it aside, to meet the No stern command, no monitory voice
worst half way: Prescribes her duties, or directs her choice; Yet oftentimes is evil but a braggart, that Yet, timely provident, she hastes away
provoketb and will not fight ; To snatch the blessings of the plenteous day; Or the feint of a subtle fencer, who measurWhen fruitful summer loads the teeming eth his thrust elsewhere; plain,
[grain. Or perchance a blessing in a masque, sent to She crops the harvest and she stores the try thy trust,
Thc precious smiting of a friend whose 139. APPEARANCES, Deceptive. frowns are all in love;
The wicked giant, Bali, had obtained Often the storm threateneth, but is driven to
Supreme control from heaven down to hell; other climes,
He all the humbler deities had chained; And the weak hath quailed in fear, while Like rain his cruelties unmeasured fell.
the firm hath been glad in his confi-
M. F. Tupper. The highest gods in fear a session called, 135. APOSTLES, Miracles of the.
And argued vengeful plans for many an hour:
[brawled For them the fulness of His might is shown O'erleaping the strong bounds of Nature's law;
From far below he upward looked, and Grim Death for them contracts his hasty
An arrogant defiance to their power. stride;
At length divinest Vishnu forward stepped, His horrid messengers, disease and pain, While round the senate mighty plaudits Loose their remorseless grasp unwillingly,
weptAnd leave their prey to ease and thankful. And vowed himself-his consort Lakshim ness;
The foe to disenthrone, and ransom man. For them bright wisdom opens all her stores, Her golden treasures spreading to their view, The heavenly synod praised him, though they Whilst inspiration's all-enlivening light
[harms. Hangs hovering o'er their heads in glittering His failure through some one of million blaze;
(strain on earth, a puny man, he soon appeared, Warmed by the ray, they pour the sacred And, as a beggar, asked of Bali alms. In eloquence seraphic. Charles Jenner.
“What wouldst thou have?" the horrid des136. APOSTLES, Pre-eminence of the.
[glance. Where is the fire which once descended And gave the shrinking dwarf a scornful
On thy apostles? Thou didst then O fool! premonished by no mystic dread, Keep open house, richly attended,
And reading naught beneath that counteFeasting all comers by twelve chosen men.
nance ! The sun which once did shine alone, Hung down his head and wished for night
The little timid mendicant replies, (spaceWhen he beheld twelve suns for one,
“Give me so much of thy dominion's Going about the world and giving light.
The boon is small, but will for me sufficeGeorge Herbert.
As I can only by three steppings pace." 137. APPAREL, Costly.
The blinded Bali, mocking gave assent, [eye. Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth, And looked upon him with contemptuous Fooled by those rebel powers that thee array, Swift grew the dwarf through such immense Why dost thou pine within, and suffer extent,
[the sky! dearth,
That one step spanned the earth, one more, Painting thy outward walls so costly gay? Why so large cost, having so short a lease,
Then looking round, with haughty voice he said,
[tell !" Dost thou upon thy fading mansion spend ? Shall worms, inheritors of this excess,
“The third where shall I take? O Bali, Eat up thy charge? Is this thy body's end ? At Vishnu's feet the tyrant placed his head, Then soul, live thou upon thy servant's loss,
And instantaneously was thrust to hell. And let that pine to aggravate thy store;
Oriental, tr. by W. R. Alger. Buy terms divine in selling hours of dross ; 140. APPEARANCES, Deluding. Within be fed, without be rich no more : The world is still deceived with ornament. So shalt thou fced on death, that feeds on In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt, men ;
(then. But, being season'd with a gracious voice, And, death once dead, there's no more dying Obscures the show of evil ? In religion,
What damned error, but some sober brow 138. APPAREL, Poor.
Will bless it, and approve it with a text, Our purses shall be proud, our garments Hiding the grossness with fair ornament ? poor;
There is no vice so simple but assumes For 'tis the mind that makes the body rich: Some marks of virtue on its outward parts. And as the sun breaks through the darkest How many cowards, whose hearts are all as clouds,
false So honor peereth in the meanest habit. As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins What is the jay more precious than the lark, The beard of Hercules and frowning Mars, Because his feathers are more beautiful ? Who, inward searched, have livers white as Or is the adder better than the eel,
milk! Because his painted skin contents the eye? And these assume but valor's excrement, O no, good Kate; neither art thou the worse To render them redoubted. Look on beauty, For this poor furniture and mean array. And you shall see 'tis purchased by the