The life of those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High may be called a Hidden Life, because the animating principle, the vital or operative element, is not so much in itself as in another. It is a life grafted into another life. It is the life of the soul, incorporated into the life of Christ; and in such a way, that, while it has a distinct vitality, it has so very much in the sense, in which the branch of a tree may be said to have a distinct vitality from the root.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Living Fountain

I hear the tinkling camel's bell
Beneath the shade of Ebal's mount,
And man and beast, at Jacob's well,
Bow down to taste the sacred fount.

Samaria's daughter too doth share
The draught that earthly thirst can quell;
But who is this that meets her there?
What voice is this at Jacob's well?

Ho! ask of me and I will give.
From my own life, thy life's supply;
I am the fount! drink, drink, and live;
No more to thirst, no more to die!

Strange mystic words, but words of heaven;
And they who drink today as then,
To them shall inward life be given;
Their souls shall never thirst again!

Christ in the Soul (1872) XXXVII.

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