John Bunyan: A Lecture

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James Nisbet and Company, 1857 - 51 pages

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Page 48 - And the Raven, never flitting, Still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas Just above my chamber door : And his eyes have all the seeming Of a demon's that is dreaming, And the lamplight o'er him streaming Throws his shadow on the floor; And my soul from out that shadow That lies floating on the floor Shall be lifted — nevermore...
Page 51 - Thy sun shall no more go down, neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.
Page 21 - The essence of poetry is invention ; such invention as, by producing something unexpected, surprises and delights. The topics of devotion are few, and being few are universally known ; but, few as they are, they can be made no more ; they can receive no grace from novelty of sentiment, and very little from novelty of expression.
Page 13 - But forasmuch as the passage was wonderful narrow, even so narrow that I could not but with great difficulty enter in thereat, it showed me that none could enter into life but those that were in downright earnest, and unless also they left that wicked world behind them ; for here was only room for body and soul, but not for body and soul and sin.
Page 44 - You must be had back again to prison, and there lie for three months following ; and at three months' end, if you do not submit to go to church to hear divine service, and leave your preaching, you must be banished the realm ; and if, after such a day as shall be appointed you to be gone, you shall be found in this realm...
Page 44 - No, by no means, I will not stir, neither will I have the meeting dismissed for this. Come, be of good cheer; let us not be daunted; our cause is good, we need not be ashamed of it; to preach God's Word, is so good a work, that we shall be well rewarded, if we suffer for that...
Page 34 - In my preaching I have really been in pain, and have, as it were, travailed to bring forth children to God ; neither could I be satisfied unless some fruits did appear in my work. If I were fruitless, it mattered not who commended me : but if I were fruitful, I cared not who did condemn.
Page 44 - God of his mercy should choose me to go upon the forlorn hope in this country; that is, to be the first, that should be opposed, for the gospel ; if I should fly, it might be a discouragement to the whole body that might follow after.
Page 30 - And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.
Page 28 - Monarchy, the den of the republican and the deist yawns for the unwary in your most public thoroughfares — when marts are ostentatiously opened, where the moral poison may be purchased, whose subtle venom enters the very soul — when infidelity has become an article of commerce, and man's perdition may be cheapened at the stall of every pedlar — no friend of society should continue silent...

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