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Woes cluster; rare are solitary woes;
They love a train, they tread each other's heel.
- Night Thoughts (night III, l. 63)
[Proverbs : Woe]
And beautiful as sweet!
And young as beautiful! and soft as young!
And gay as soft! and innocent as gay.
- Night Thoughts (night III, l. 81) [Women]
The knell, the shroud, the mattock and the grave,
The deep, damp vault, the darkness, and the worm.
- Night Thoughts (night IV, l. 10) [Death]
Man wants but little, nor that little long;
How soon must he resign his very dust,
Which frugal nature lent him for an hour!
- Night Thoughts (night IV, l. 118) [Wishes]
As soon as man, expert from time, has found
The key of life, it opes the gates of death.
- Night Thoughts (night IV, l. 122) [Death]
And feels a thousand deaths, in fearing one.
- Night Thoughts (night IV, l. 17) [Death]
A God all mercy is a God unjust.
- Night Thoughts (night IV, l. 234) [God]
How is night's sable mantle labor'd o'er,
How richly wrought with attributes divine!
What wisdom shines! what love! this midnight pomp,
This gorgeous arch, with golden worlds inlaid
Built with divine ambition.
- Night Thoughts (night IV, l. 385) [Night]
Religion's all. Descending from the skies
To wretched man, the goddess in her left
Holds out this world, and, in her right, the next.
- Night Thoughts (night IV, l. 550)
Thou, my all!
My theme! my inspiration! my crown!
My strength in age--my rise in low estate!
My soul's ambition, pleasure, wealth!--my world!
My light in darkness! and my life in death!
My boast through time! bliss through eternity!
Eternity, too short to speak thy praise!
Or fathom thy profound of love to man!
- Night Thoughts (night IV, l. 586) [God]
'Tis impious in a good man to be sad.
- Night Thoughts (night IV, l. 676)
Wishing, of all employments is the worst.
- Night Thoughts (night IV, l. 71)
[Proverbs : Wishes]
Faith builds a bridge across the gulf of Death,
To break the shock blind mature cannot shun,
And lands Thought smoothly on the further shore.
- Night Thoughts (night IV, l. 721) [Faith]
A Christian is the highest style of man.
- Night Thoughts (night IV, l. 788)
Men may live fools, but fools they cannot die.
- Night Thoughts (night IV, last line)
He calls his wish, it comes; he sends it back,
And says he called another; that arrives,
Meets the same welcome; yet he still calls on;
Till one calls him, who varies not his call,
But holds him fast, in chains of darkness bound,
Till Nature dies, and judgment sets him free;
A freedom far less welcome than this chain.
- Night Thoughts (night IV, lines near end)
Nothing but what astonishes is true.
- Night Thoughts (night IX) [Wonder]
Teach me, by this stupendous scaffolding,
Creation's golden steps, to climb to Thee.
- Night Thoughts (night IX) [Growth]
The melancholy ghosts of dead renown,
Whispering faint echoes of the world's applause.
- Night Thoughts (night IX) [Echo]
What is a miracle?--'Tis a reproach,
'Tis an implicit satire on mankind;
And while it satisfies, it censures too.
- Night Thoughts (night IX, l. 1,245)
Who rounded in his palm these spacious orbs
. . . .
Numerous as glittering gems of morning dew,
Or sparks from populous cities in a blaze,
And set the bosom of old night on fire.
- Night Thoughts (night IX, l. 1,260)
The course of nature governs all!
The course of nature is the heart of God.
The miracles thou call'st for, this attest;
For say, could nature nature's course control?
But miracles apart, who sees Him not?
- Night Thoughts (night IX, l. 1,280)
Final Ruin fiercely drives
Her ploughshare o'er creation.
- Night Thoughts (night IX, l. 167) [Ruin]
His crimes forgive; forgive his virtues too.
- Night Thoughts (night IX, l. 2,290)
I see the Judge enthroned; the flaming guard:
The volume open'd--open'd every heart!
- Night Thoughts (night IX, l. 262)
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