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HEAVEN
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Heav'n but the Vision of fulfill'd Desire.
  And Hell the Shadow from a Soul on fire.
      - Omar Khayyam ("The Tent-Maker"),
        The Rubaiyat (st. 67),
        (FitzGerald's translation)

The net of heaven is very wide in its meshes, and yet it misses nothing.
      - Lao-Tzu (Lao-Tsze or Laosi)("The Venerable Philosopher")

The generous who is always just, and the just who is always generous, may, unannounced, approach the throne of heaven.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Struggle against it as thou wilt, yet Heaven's ways are Heaven's ways.
  [Ger., Sperre dich, so viel du willst!
    Des Himmels Wege sind des Himmels Wege.]
      - Ephraim Gotthold Lessing, Nathan der Wiese
         (III, 1)

Booth led boldly with his bass drum
  (Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?)
    The Saints smiled gravely, and they said "He's come."
      (Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?)
      - Nicholas Vachel Lindsay,
        General Booth Enters Heaven

The heaven of poetry and romance still lies around us and within us.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Drift-Wood--Twice-Told Tales

When Christ ascended
  Triumphantly from star to star
    He left the gates of Heaven ajar.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Golden Legend
         (pt. II)

We see but dimly through the mists and vapors;
  Amid these earthly damps
    What seem to us but sad, funereal tapers
      May be heaven's distant lamps.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Resignation
         (st. 4)

What came from the earth returns back to the earth, and the spirit that was sent from heaven, again carried back, is received into the temple of heaven.
  [Lat., Cedit item retro, de terra quod fuit ante,
    In terras; et, quod missum est ex aetheris oreis,
      Id rursum caeli relatum templa receptant.]
      - Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus),
        De Rerum Natura (II, 999)

And looking back upon "the sea that brought us thither," we shall behold its waters flashing in the light of that everlasting morning, and hear them breaking into music upon the eternal shore. And then, brethren, when all the weary night-watchers on the stormy ocean of life are gathered together around Him who watched with them from His throne on the bordering mountains of eternity, where the day shines forever--then He will seat them at His table in His kingdom, and none will need to ask, "Who art Thou?" or "Where am I?" "for all shall know it is the Lord," and the full, perfect, unchangeable vision of His blessed face will be heaven.
      - Alexander Maclaren

And then, the quiet of the green, inland valleys of our Father's land, where no tempest comes any more, nor the loud winds are ever heard, nor the salt sea is ever seen; but perpetual calm and blessedness; all mystery gone, and all rebellion hushed and silenced, and all unrest at an end forever! "No more sea;" but, instead of that wild and yeasty chaos of turbulent waters, there shall be the river that makes glad the city of God, the river of water of life, that proceeds "out of the throne of God and of the Lamb."
      - Alexander Maclaren

Heaven is endless longing, accompanied with an endless fruition--a longing which is blessedness, a longing which is life.
      - Alexander Maclaren

The joys of heaven are not the joys of passive contemplation, of dreamy remembrance, of perfect repose; but they are described thus: "They rest not day nor night." "His servants serve Him, and see His face."
      - Alexander Maclaren

All places shall be hell that are not heaven.
      - Christopher Marlowe

Heaven to me's a fair blue stretch of sky,
  Earth's jest a dusty road.
      - John Masefield, Vagabond

Love lent me wings; my path was like a stair;
  A lamp unto my feet, that sun was given;
    And death was safety and great joy to find;
      But dying now, I shall not climb to Heaven.
      - Michelangelo (Michelangelo Buonarrotti),
        Sonnet LXIII--After Sunset

Heaven
  Is as the Book of God before thee set,
    Wherein to read His wondrous works.
      - John Milton

The mind can make a heaven out of hell or a hell out of heaven.
      - John Milton

It were a journey like the path to heaven,
  To help you find them.
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 302)

The hasty multitude
  Admiring enter'd, and the work some praise,
    And some the architect: his hand was known
      In heaven by many a tower'd structure high,
        Where scepter'd angels held their residence,
          And sat as princes.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 730)

A heaven on earth.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IV, l. 208)

The starry cope
  Of heaven.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IV, l. 992)

Though in heav'n the trees
  Of life ambrosial fruitage bear, and vines
    Yield nectar.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. V, l. 426)

Heaven open'd wide
  Her ever-during gates, harmonious sound
    On golden hinges moving.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VII, l. 205)

There is a world above,
  Where parting is unknown;
    A whole eternity of love,
      Form'd for the good alone;
        And faith beholds the dying here
          Translated to that happier sphere.
      - James Montgomery, Friends


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