Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Noyes: This outer world

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
    Feast of Edmund of the East Angles, Martyr, 870
    Commemoration of Priscilla Lydia Sellon, a Restorer of the Religious Life in the Church of England, 1876
    Nothing impure will ever enter [the City of God], nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
    —Revelation 21:27 (NIV)
This outer world is but the pictured scroll
    Of worlds within the soul,
A coloured chart, a blazoned missal-book
    Wherein who rightly look
May spell the splendours with their mortal eyes
    And steer to Paradise.
    ... Alfred Noyes (1880-1958), Collected Poems, v. II, New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1913, p. 66 (see the book)
    See also Rev. 21:27; 3:5; 13:8; 20:12,15; 21:1-2; 22;7
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I follow You.
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