August 12, 2013

Lively Hope and Gracious Fear

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--Description: 20th C, Cowper W., Christianity, Hope

I was a grovelling creature once,
And basely cleaved to earth:
I wanted spirit to renounce
The clod that gave me birth.

But God hath breathed upon a worm,
And sent me from above
Wings such as clothe an angel's form,
The wings of joy and love.

With these to Pisgah's top I fly
And there delighted stand,
To view, beneath a shining sky,
The spacious promised land.

The Lord of all the vast domain
Has promised it to me,
The length and breadth of all the plain
As far as faith can see.

How glorious is my privilege!
To Thee for help I call;
I stand upon a mountain's edge,
O save me, lest I fall!

Though much exalted in the Lord,
My strength is not my own;
Then let me tremble at His word,
And none shall cast me down.

William Cowper

--Did You Know: (26 November 1731 – 25 April 1800) Cowper was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of 18th century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside. He suffered from periods of severe depression, and although he found refuge in a fervent evangelical Christianity, the inspiration behind his much-loved hymns, he often experienced doubt and feared that he was doomed to eternal damnation.

--Word of the Day: penury\PEN-yuh-ree\, noun:
1. Extreme poverty; destitution.
2. Absence of resources; insufficiency.
(eg) Charles regretted his departure, and the penury of his treasury, but trusted that God would favor him in his struggle against the king of France.
-Henry Kamen, Philip of Spain

--Quote of the Day: Character is the salesperson’s stock in trade. The product itself is secondary. Truthfulness, enthusiasm and patience are great assets to every salesperson. Without them, they couldn’t go far. Courage and courtesy are essential equipment.
-George M. Adams

--Spanish Word of the Day: cuento, noun:
(eg) La abuela nos contaba cuentos.
(transl) Grandma used to tell us stories.

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Seth on July 8, 2009 at 12:55 PM said...

Today you gave wings to my soul~~~I shall take this one to heart, today, and all wk, perhaps everyday from now on~~~What is there w/o Faith, Hope, and Love?...
~Blessings~Namaste~ To you also...Comforting words...
True bread for my Spirit...
Thank U....

Cool iPhone Apps on July 9, 2009 at 1:21 PM said...

It is wonderful to be able to take away so much goodness and inspiration from a poem

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