Saturday, October 22, 2011

Quarles: Eternal God! O thou that only art

Saturday, October 22, 2011
    I belong to my lover, and his desire is for me.
    —Song of Solomon 7:10 (NIV)
Eternal God! O thou that only art
    The sacred fountain of eternal light,
And blessed loadstone of my better part,
    O thou, my heart’s desire, my soul’s delight!
Reflect upon my soul, and touch my heart,
    And then my heart shall prize no good above thee;
And then my soul shall know thee; knowing, love thee;
    And then my trembling thoughts shall never start
    From thy commands, or swerve the least degree,
Or once presume to move, but as they move in thee.
    ... Francis Quarles (1592-1644), Quarles’ Emblems, London: James Nisbet and Co., 1861, p. 272 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You outshine all treasures.
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