February 15th, 2018

Steel Needle test : "Jerusalem" (Blake - Parry) sung by Peter Dawson HMV...

And did those feet in ancient time,
Walk upon England's[b] mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On Englands pleasant pastures seen!

And did the Countenance Divine,
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?

Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!

I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand:
Till we have built Jerusalem,
In Englands green & pleasant Land.
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Jerusalem the Golden

Jerusalem the golden, with milk and honey blest,
Beneath thy contemplation sink heart and voice oppressed.
I know not, O I know not, what joys await us there,
What radiancy of glory, what bliss beyond compare.

They stand, those halls of Zion, all jubilant with song,
And bright with many an angel, and all the martyr throng;
The Prince is ever in them, the daylight is serene.
The pastures of the blessèd are decked in glorious sheen.

There is the throne of David, and there, from care released,
The shout of them that triumph, the song of them that feast;
And they, who with their Leader, have conquered in the fight,
Forever and forever are clad in robes of white.

O sweet and blessèd country, the home of God’s elect!
O sweet and blessèd country, that eager hearts expect!
Jesus, in mercy bring us to that dear land of rest,
Who art, with God the Father, and Spirit, ever blessed.

Brief life is here our portion, brief sorrow, short lived care;
The life that knows no ending, the tearless life, is there.
O happy retribution! Short toil, eternal rest;
For mortals and for sinners, a mansion with the blest.

That we should look, poor wanderers, to have our home on high!
That worms should seek for dwellings beyond the starry sky!
And now we fight the battle, but then shall wear the crown
Of full and everlasting, and passionless renown.

And how we watch and struggle, and now we live in hope,
And Zion in her anguish with Babylon must cope;
But he whom now we trust in shall then be seen and known,
And they that know and see Him shall have Him for their own.

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the mystical life of the soul

the mystical life of the soul

'Jean Gerson: Early Works' Translated And Introduction By Brian Patrick McGuire [The Classics Of Western Spirituality]


'Guigo II: Ladder Of Monks And Twelve Meditations' Translated With An Introduction By Edmund Colledge, OSA And James Walsh, SJ

'The Works Of William Perkins' Volume 3 Edited By Randall J. Pederson And Ryand Hurd (Perkin's commentary on Hebrews 11)

'Matthew: Interpreted by Early Christian Commentators' D. H. Williams translator and editor [The Church's Bible]

'Lizzie Siddal: Face of the Pre-Raphaeites' biography/Art History by Lucinda Hawksley

'John Hancock: Merchant King and American Patriot' biography/ American History by Harlow Giles Unger

"For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that morality be swallowed up of life" 2 Corinth. 5:1-4

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all good theology had to end in the act of prayer

It is 12:27 PM Thursday afternoon in the ongoing struggle to survive. Here in West Michigan it is a gray wet day. It is not snowing and it is not raining. Due to the recent February thaw snow has melted, but not all of it. Spring is slowly coming once again.

I am falling asleep so I got to make this quick before I pass out. I got up this morning around 5:58 AM. I got up ate a bowl of cereal and messed with our main computer. After messing with our main computer I wrote in my paper diary and read from a book titled, 'Jean Gerson: Early Works' [The Classics of Western Spirituality]. Carol got home from work around 8:37 AM and went to bed around 9:30 AM. She is now off four nights from work.

I have spent the day reading 'Jean Gerson: Early Works', writing in my paper diary and messing with our main computer. Not much else going on. I plan to doze this afternoon. Existence keeps speeding by!

Last night I read 'Jean Gerson: Early Works' and went to bed early.

Today is our grandson Jack's birthday. He is one year old today. Well I will close to drift through the rest of the day.

Jack Stuart
Jack's birthday celebration
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