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, April 9, 2016

Heavenly Teaching

The selfish heart for wisdom looks 
In earth's dim leaves and moldering books; 
The holy heart its light doth find 
In God's great light and living Mind.

The holy heart, of love compact, 
With love in every thought and act, 
Doth find, within, the Teacher true, 
With thoughts and lessons ever new.

The secret whispers, inly heard, 
The voice, of the "Eternal Word," 
Surpass in wisdom, far, the reach 
Of what poor earthly schoolmen teach.

Oh WISDOM, coming from above, 
The eldest born, the child of LOVE, 
Be Thou our book, our living page, 
To guide us through earth's pilgrimage.

Christ in the Soul (1872) XLIX.

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