Thoughts on the importance of religion [by W. Allen].
London: Printed and sold by W. Phillips. 1808. New-Bedford: Re-printed by A. Shearman, Jun. and sold at his book-store., 1811 - 12 sivua
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Sivu 11 - ... by those secret comforts and refreshments which he conveys into our souls, and by those ravishing joys and inward satisfactions which are perpetually springing up and diffusing themselves among all the thoughts of good men. He is lodged in our very essence, and is as a soul within the soul, to irradiate its understanding, rectify its will, purify its passions, and enliven all the powers of man.
Sivu 11 - Though the whole creation frowns upon him, and all nature looks black about him, he has his light and support within him, that are able to cheer his mind, and bear him up in the midst of all those horrors which encompass him.
Sivu 12 - In his deepest solitude and retirement, he knows that he is in company with the greatest of beings ; and perceives within himself such real sensations of his presence, as are more delightful than any thing that can be met with in the conversation of his creatures.
Sivu 11 - ... that are able to cheer his mind, and bear him up in the midst of all those horrors which encompass him. He knows that his helper is at hand, and is always nearer to him than any thing else can be, which is capable of annoying or terrifying him.
Sivu 10 - Our outward senses are too gross to apprehend him ; we may, however, taste and see how gracious he is, by his influence upon our minds, by those virtuous thoughts which he awakens in us, by those secret comforts and refreshments which he conveys into our souls, and by those ravishing joys and inward satisfactions, which are perpetually springing up, and diffusing themselves among all the thoughts of good men. He is lodged in our very essence, and is as a soul within the soul, to irradiate its understanding...
Sivu 12 - ... knows that he is in company with the greatest of beings; and perceives within himself such real sensations of his presence, as are more delightful than any thing that can be met with in the conversation of his creatures. Even in the hour of death he considers the pains of his dissolution to be nothing else but the breaking down of that partition, which stands betwixt his soul, and the sight of that Being who is always present with him, and is about to manifest itself to him in fulness of joy.
Sivu 8 - He will be sought unto, and He has graciously promised to be found of those who seek Him aright. Our attempts will be much promoted by occasional and frequent retirement from the hurry and bustle of life, if it were only for one quarter of an hour at a time ; that we may pour out our souls unto our heavenly Father in prayer, beseeching that He would manifest unto us his will, help us to subdue our own, and bring it into conformity with his. A diligent perusal of the Holy Scriptures is also an excellent...
Sivu 3 - Embarked on the stream of time, and carried forward with uniform and irresistible force, how many thousands do we see amusing themselves in the pursuit of shadows, or gliding along in stupid unconcern, notwithstanding their surrounding companions daily disappear, and are gone they know not whither. We also, fellowtraveller, are making rapid progress in our course ; and it will surely be wise to devote a few moments to reflect upon the most important of all subjects which can possibly occupy our attention;...
Sivu 4 - ... to understand a little of the laws which appear to regulate the operations incessantly taking place in this lower world ; or, if we lift our eyes to those luminous bodies scattered through the immensity of space, all proceeding harmoniously in the paths prescribed to them, — should not our souls be filled with awe and reverence ? Nothing short of Infinite Wisdom could have effected this: nothing short of Infinite Power could sustain it for a moment. This Wisdom and this Power, 0 fellow-traveller,...