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And is there care in heaven? and is there love
In heavenly spirits to the creatures base,
That may compassion of their evils move?
There is; else much more wretched were the case
Of men than beasts. But O! th' exceeding grace
Of highest God that loves His creatures so,
And all His works with mercy doth embrace,
That blessed angels lie sends to and fro
To serve to wicked man, to serve His wicked foe!
How oft do they their silver bowers leave
To come to succour us that succour want?
How oft do they with golden pinions cleave
The flitting skies, like flying pursuivant,
Against foul fiends to aid us militant?
They for us fight, they watch and duly ward,
And their bright squadrons round about us plant;
And all for love, and nothing for reward:
O why should heavenly God to men have such regard?
- Edmund Spenser
He maketh kings to sit in soverainty;
He maketh subjects to their powre obey;
He pulleth downe, he setteth up on hy:
He gives to this, from that he takes away;
For all we have is his: what he list doe he may.
- Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
(bk. V, canto II, st. 41)
The Providence of God is the great protector of our life and usefulness, and under the divine care we are perfectly safe from danger.
- Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Providence protects us in all the details of our lot.
- Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein)
But every human path leads on to God;
He holds a myriad finer threads than gold,
And strong as holy wishes, drawing us
With delicate tension upward to Himself.
- Edmund Clarence Stedman
I asked a hermit once in Italy how he could venture to live alone, in a single cottage, on the top of a mountain, a mile from any habitation? He replied that, "Providence was his very next-door neighbor."
- Laurence Sterne
God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb.
- Laurence Sterne, Sentimental Journey
Now is it surprising, because it is Providence that has given us the country and the art of man that has built the cities.
- Marcus Terentius Varro
All which is real now remaineth,
And fadeth never:
The hand which upholds it now sustaineth
The soul forever.
- John Greenleaf Whittier
Somewhat of goodness, something true
From sun and spirit shining through
All faiths, all worlds, as through the dark
Of ocean shines the lighthouse spark,
Attests the presence everywhere
Of love and providential care.
- John Greenleaf Whittier
And I will trust that He who heeds
The life that hides in mead and wold,
Who hangs you alder's crimson beads,
And stains these mosses green and gold,
Will still, as He hath done, incline
His gracious care to me and mine.
- John Greenleaf Whittier,
Last Walk in Autumn (st. 26)
Divine Providence tempers his blessings to secure their better effect. He keeps our joys and our fears on an even balance, that we may neither presume nor despair. By such compositions God is pleased to make both our crosses more tolerable and our enjoyments more wholesome and safe.
- William Wogan
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