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ROBERT POLLOK
Scottish religious poet
(1798 - 1827)
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A man who stole the livery of the court of heaven to serve the devil in.
      - [Bigotry]

A temple of the Holy Ghost, and yet
  Of lodging fiends.
      - [Heart]

All are friends in heaven, all faithful friends,
  And many friendships in the days of Time
    Begun, are lasting there and growing still.
      - [Friends]

But the unfaithful priest, what tongue
  Enough, shall execrate?
      - [Ministers]

Enjoyment stops where indolence begins.
      - [Idleness]

He sat amid his bags, and, with a look
  Which hell might be ashamed of, drove the poor
    Away unalmsed; and midst abundance died--
      Sorest of evils!--died of utter want.
      - [Avarice]

He was the freeman whom the truth made free;
  Who first of all, the bands of Satan broke;
    Who broke the bands of sin, and for his soul,
      In spite of fools consulted seriously.
      - [Freedom]

Highest when it stoops.
      - [Humility]

Living jewels, dropped unstained from heaven.
      - [Children]

Maternal love! thou word that sums all bliss,
  Gives and receives all bliss,--
    fullest when most
      Thou givest! spring-head of all felicity,
        Deepest when most is drawn! emblem of God!
          O'erflowing most when greatest numbers drink!
      - [Mothers]

Of all the phantoms fleeting in the mist
  Of time, though meagre all and ghostly thin;
    Most unsubstantial, unessential shade
      Was earthly fame.
      - [Fame]

Of lunacy,
  Innumerous were the causes; humbled pride,
    Ambition disappointed, riches lost,
      And bodily disease, and sorrow, oft
        By man inflicted on his brother man;
          Sorrow, that, made the reason drunk, and yet
            Left much untasted. So the cup was fill'd.
      - [Madness]

Rumour was the messenger
  Of defamation, and so swift, that none
    Could be the first to tell an evil tale.
      - [Rumor]

She weaves the winding-sheets of souls, and lays
  Them in the urn of everlasting death.
      - [Harlot]

Sin is dark and loves the dark, still hides from itself in gloom, and in the darkest hell is still itself the darkest hell and the severest woe.
      - [Sin]

The bitter word which closed all, earthly friendships, and finished every feast of love,--farewell.
      - [Farewell]

The Book, this Holy Book, on every line,
  Mark'd with the seal of high divinity,
    On every leaf bedew'd with drops of love
      Divine, and with the eternal heraldry
        And signature of God Almighty stamp'd
          From first to last; this ray of sacred light,
            This lamp, from off the everlasting throne,
              Mercy took down, and in the night of time
                Stood, casting on the dark her gracious bow;
                  And evermore beseeching men With tears
                    And earnest sighs, to read, believe and live.
      - [Bible]

The place thou saw'st was hell, the groans thou heard'st
  The wailings of the damn'd, of those who would
    Not be redeem'd.
      - [Hell]

The song
  Of Heaven is ever new; for daily thus,
    And nightly, new discoveries are made
      Of God's unbounded wisdom, power, and love,
        Which give the understanding larger room,
          And swell the hymn with ever-growing praise.
      - [Heaven]

The sun rejoicing round the earth, announced
  Daily the wisdom, power and love of God.
    The moon awoke, and from her maiden face,
      Shedding her cloudy locks, looked meekly forth,
        And with her virgin stars walked in the heavens--
          Walked nightly there, conversing as she walked,
            Of purity, and holiness, and God.
      - [Astronomy]

Who born so poor,
  Of intellect so mean, as not to know
    What seem'd the best; and knowing not to do?
      As not to know what God and conscience bade,
        And what they bade not able to obey?'
      - [Conscience]

With one hand he put
  A penny in the urn of poverty,
    And with the other took a shilling out.
      - [Deceit]

Sorrows remembered sweeten present joy.
      - Course of Time (bk. I, l. 464) [Sorrow]

Most wondrous book! bright candle of the Lord!
  Star of Eternity! The only star
    By which the bark of man could navigate
      The sea of life, and gain the coast of bliss
        Securely.
      - Course of Time (bk. II, l. 270)
        [Scripture]

He sat among his bags, and, with a look
  Which hell might be ashamed of, drove the poor
    Away unalmed; and midst abundance died--
      Sorest of evils!--died of utter want.
      - Course of Time (bk. III, l. 276) [Misers]


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