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STEPHEN CHARNOCK
English nonconformist divine
(1628 - 1680)

God often lays the sum of His amazing providences in very dismal afflictions; as the limner first puts on the dusky colors, on which he intends to draw the portraiture of some illustrious beauty.
      - [Trials]

Had it been published by a voice from heaven, that twelve poor men, taken out of boats and creeks, without any help of learning, should conquer the world to the cross, it might have been thought an illusion against all reason of men; yet we know it was undertaken and accomplished by them.
      - [Christianity]

Self is the great antichrist and anti-God in the world, that sets up itself above all else.
      - [Self-love]

Since therefore all things are ordered in subserviency to the good of man, they are so ordered by Him that made both man and them.
      - [God]

This boundless desire had not its original from man itself; nothing would render itself restless; something above the bounds of this world implanted those desires after a higher good, and made him restless in everything else. And since the soul can only rest is something infinite, there is something infinite for it to rest in.
      - [Soul]

This little member can behold the earth, and in a moment view things as high as heaven.
      - [Eyes]

What a curious workmanship is that of the eye, which is in the body, as the sun in the world; set in the head as in a watch-tower, having the softest nerves for receiving the greater multitude of spirits necessary for the act of vision!
      - [Eyes]


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