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Concerning perfect blessed ness which consists in a vision of God.
[Lat., Circa beatitudinem perfectam, quae in Dei visione consistit.]
- Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologie,
probably the origin of the phrase "beatific vision"
I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.
- Bible, Hosea (ch. XII, v. 10)
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
- Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXIX, v. 18)
And like a passing thought, she fled
In light away.
- Robert Burns, The Vision (last lines)
The people's prayer, the glad diviner's theme!
The young men's vision, and the old men's dream.
- John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
(pt. I, l. 238)
So little distant dangers seem:
So we mistake the future's face,
Ey'd thro' Hope's deluding glass;
As yon summits soft and fair,
Clad in colours of the air,
Which to those who journey near,
Barren, brown, and rough appear.
- John Dyer, Gronger Hill (l. 884)
Visions of glory, spare my aching sight!
Ye unborn ages, crown not on my soul.
- Thomas Gray, The Bard (III, 1, l. 11)
I wonder if ever a song was sung but the singer's heart sang sweeter!
I wonder if ever a rhyme was rung but the thought surpassed the meter!
I wonder if ever a sculptor wrought till the cold stone echoed his ardent thought!
Or, if ever a painter with light and shade the dream of his inmost heart portrayed!
- James Clarence Harvey, Incompleteness
Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
And say, within the moonlight in his room,
Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,
An angel, writing in a book of gold;
Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
And to the presence in the room he said--
"What writest thou?" The Vision raised its head,
And, with a look made all of sweet accord,
Answered, "The names of those who love the Lord."
- Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt),
Abou Ben Adhem and the Angel
It is a dream, sweet child! a waking dream,
A blissful certainty, a vision bright,
Of that rare happiness, which even on earth
Heaven gives to those it loves.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
Spanish Student (act III, sc. 5)
An angel stood and met my gaze,
Through the low doorway of my tent;
The tent is struck, the vision stays;
I only know she came and went.
- James Russell Lowell, She Came and Went
Gorgons, and Hydras, and Chimaeras dire.
- John Milton, Paradise Lost
(bk. II, l. 628)
O visions ill foreseen! Better had I
Liv'd ignorant of future, so had borne
My part of evil only.
- John Milton, Paradise Lost
(bk. XI, l. 763)
My thoughts by night are often filled
With visions false as fair:
For in the past alone, I build
My castles in the air.
- Thomas Love Peacock, Castles in the Air
Hence the fool's paradise, the statesman's scheme,
The air-built castle, and the golden dream,
The maid's romantic wish, the chemist's flame,
And poet's vision of eternal fame.
- Alexander Pope, The Dunciad
(bk. III, l. 9)
Our revels are now ended. These our actors
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air;
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capped tow'rs, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all of which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Is rounded with a sleep.
- William Shakespeare, The Tempest
(Prospero at IV, i)
Hence, dear delusion, sweet enchantment hence!
- Horace Smith and James Smith,
Rejected Addresses--An Address without a Phoenix--By "S.T.P.",
(not an imitation, initials used to puzzle critics)
But shapes that come not at an earthly call,
Will not depart when mortal voices bid.
- William Wordsworth, Dion (V)
Fond man! the vision of a moment made!
Dream of a dream! and shadow of a shade!
- Edward Young,
Paraphrase on Part of the Book of Job