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JOHN NORRIS OF BEMERTON
English Platonist and divine
(1657 - 1711)

Could all mankind lay claim to that estimate which they pass upon themselves, there would be little or no difference betwixt lapsed and perfect humanity; and God might again review His image with paternal complacency, and still pronounce it good.
      - [Self-esteem]

The stars stand sentinel by night.
      - [Stars]

True friendship cannot be among many. For since our faculties are of a finite energy, it is impossible our love can be very intense when divided among many. No, the rays must be contracted to make them burn.
      - [Friendship]

Even here Thy strong magnetic charms I feel,
  And pant and tremble like the amorous steel.
    To lower good, and beauties less divine,
      Sometimes my erroneous needle does incline;
        But yet (so strong the sympathy)
          It turns, and points again to Thee.
      - Aspiration [Influence]

How fading are the joys we dote upon!
  Like apparitions seen and gone;
    But those which soonest take their flight
      Are the most exquisite and strong;
        Like angel's visits short and bright,
          Mortality's too weak to bear them long.
      - The Parting (st. 4) [Joy]


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