Animi figura by John Addington SymondsAnimi figura by John Addington Symonds

Animi figura

byJohn Addington Symonds

Paperback | October 12, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...a rill O'er field and forest, fertilising steals; Then spake My wrath, but spake in mercy still. SELF-CONDEMNATION. VI. JOW have I sought Thee not, O Lord my God? Have I not sought the stars that stud Thy skies; Thine oracles of sunset and sunrise; The domes of clouds whereon Thy feet have trod; The flowers which Thou hast scattered on earth's sod; The winds and waves wherethrough Thy spirit cries; The pine-clad hills that to Thy praise arise; Men in Thine image moulded from the clod? I sought them all; but, seeking, found not Thee. Self seeking, or wrong seeking, sought I them. And Thou at length, in this last agony, Criest: 'Thine own heart seek! I, I am here!' Oh, let me take Thy mantle by the hem! Deliver me, Lord God, from this blank fear! SELF-CONDEMNATION. VII. HAVE not sought Thee as I might have sought. I said: In this tempestuous turbid age Walk we at will on our own pilgrimage, Take we the impulse of each natural thought: God dwells not in the houses hands have wrought, Nor in the words of any printed page: Man's heart holds God; where good and evil wage Eternal war, God's self to sight is brought. Spake I thus in my suffering or my strength? Was this commandment from the voice above, Or malediction of the muttering pit? I know not. I but crave through life at length To reach the universal song of love, And faint on this world's ways desiring it. Thou from the boughs didst rend that fruit malign, Which, slowly ripening 'neath the touch divine Of hours and days and seasons, should have leant At last to bless thee with the full content Of wedded lives in love's most holy shrine. Now with intemperate fingers having torn, Thou findest beauty but a poisonous lure Unto thy soul's destruction, joy a thorn, Love's orient wings smirched...
Title:Animi figuraFormat:PaperbackDimensions:24 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217677916

ISBN - 13:9780217677912