The Choice, Or, Lines on the Beatitudes

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R. Saywell, 1841 - Beatitudes - 102 pages

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Page 41 - ... and seldom sincerely to give a true account of their gift of reason, to the benefit and use of men: as if there were sought in knowledge a couch, whereupon to rest a searching and restless spirit; or a terrace, for a wandering and variable mind to walk up and down with a fair prospect; or a tower of state, for a proud mind to raise itself upon; or a fort or commanding ground, for strife and contention; or a shop, for profit or sale; and not a rich storehouse, for the glory of the Creator and...
Page 40 - But the greatest error of all the rest, is the mistaking or misplacing of the last or farthest end of knowledge : for men have entered into a desire of learning and knowledge, sometimes upon a natural curiosity, and inquisitive appetite ; sometimes to en-tertain their minds with variety and delight; sometimes for ornament and reputation ; and sometimes to enable them to victory of wit and contradiction ; and most times for lucre and profession...
Page 74 - ... ourselves what store of sustenance had been brought from the wreck by the providence of some, and what could be procured on the island by the industry of others : but the produce of the one amounted to no more than two or three pounds of...
Page 69 - It is natural to think, that to men thus upon the point of perishing by shipwreck, the getting to land was the highest attainment of their wishes ; undoubtedly it was a desirable event ; yet, all things considered, our condition was but little mended by the change. Whichever way we looked, a scene of horror presented itself: on one side the wreck, (in which was all that we...
Page 65 - In this dreadful situation she (the ship) lay for some little time, every soul on board looking upon the present minute as his last, for there was nothing to be seen but breakers all around us. However, a mountainous sea hove her off from thence j but she presently struck again, and broke her tiller.
Page 90 - I deal with him. 1 am determined to take the very first opportunity of doing him an ill turn. Deal with me, I beseech thee, O Lord, as I deal with him.
Page 70 - ... on the other, the land did not wear a much more favourable appearance ; desolate and barren; without sign of culture, we could hope to receive little other benefit from it than the preservation it afforded us from the sea. We had wet, cold, and hunger, to struggle with, and no visible remedy against any of those evils.
Page 45 - Lebanon, and are remarkable as well for their own age and largeness, as for those frequent allusions made to them in the Word of God. Here are some of them very old, and of a prodigious bulk; and others younger of a smaller size.
Page 67 - In this terrifying and critical juncture, to have observed all the various modes of horror operating according to the several characters and complexions amongst us, it was necessary that the observer himself should have been free from all impressions of danger. Instances there were, however, of behaviour so very remarkable, they could not escape the notice of any one who was not entirely bereaved of his senses ; for some were in this condition to all intents and purposes ; particularly one, in the...
Page 87 - ... conceive such a man praying to God most High, to forgive him his trespasses, as he forgives the man who has trespassed against him. What in the mouth of such a man do these words mean? They mean . . .but that you may more fully understand their meaning, I will turn them into a prayer, which we will call the prayer of the unforgiving man: " O God, I. have sinned against thee many times, from my youth up until now.

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