31 (II. 48)
GOD IS KNOWN IN THE CREATURE
|The hidden God becometh known|
And general to mankind
In the created World of Things
Which He hath fashioned and designed.
32 (V. 214)
GOD IS ALL IN ALL
|God in the Christ is God;|
In angels, Form Angelical;
In men is Man; and in the rest
Is what thou wilt, the All in all.
33 (V. 65)
GOD CANNOT HIDE HIMSELF
|God cannot ever hide Himself—if hid He seem,|
’Tis thou that hast devised a hiding-place for Him.
34 (V. 91)
IN WHAT YEAR THE WORLD WAS CREATED
|How date the year when God created Heaven and Earth?|
Not otherwise than thus: The First Year of God’s Birth.
35 (II. 40)
GOD IS THE SMALLEST AND THE GREATEST
|My God, how great is God! My God, how God is small!|
Small as the smallest thing, great—needs must be—as All.
36 (V. 75)
NAUGHT EXISTETH WITHOUT JOY
|Naught that is joyless can endure .|
Even the Being of God would pass,
Had He no pleasure in Himself,
And wither like the new-mown grass.
37 (V. 189)
GOD IS ETERNALLY IN LOVE WITH HIS OWN BEAUTY
|God is so super-beautiful|
That He beholdeth in a trance
Of rapture from eternity
The Splendour of His Countenance.
38 (II. 190)
|God joyeth in Himself. Himself He cannot cloy.|
For in Himself alone hath He the highest joy.
39 (V. 50)
GOD IS NOT VIRTUOUS
|God is not virtuous. Out of Him virtue streams,|
As water from the Sea and from the Sun sun-beams.
40 (V. 93)
GOD CANNOT BE WRATH
|God is not ever wrath with us.|
His wrath is but our dream.
It were a thing impossible
That wrath should be in Him.
41 (I. 137)
GOD DAMNETH NO MAN
|Dost thou complain of God? Thyself thyself dost damn.|
Damn thee He never would—of this full sure I am.
42 (V. 103)
GOD DIED NOT FOR THE FIRST TIME ON THE CROSS
|Not first upon the Cross God let Himself be slain,|
For see! He lieth dead there at the feet of Cain .
43 (V. 43)
HOW GOD IS SO VERY JUST
|Behold, God is so just, were there aught higher than He,|
He’d honour it above Himself on bended knee.
44 (I. 207)
THE FINEST INN
|Inn most delectable! God is Himself the Wine ,|
Music and Feast and Servant too of them that dine.
45 (III. 142)
GOD DWELLETH IN GENTLENESS
|Have quiet in thy heart; for God is sought in vain|
In Fire, in Earthquake, in the roaring Hurricane.
46 (IV. 177)
ASTONISHMENT AT GOD’S FAMILIARITY
|It is a wonderment that I,|
Who am but dust and ash and clod,
Should dare to make myself the friend
And very hail-fellow of God!
47 (I. 279)
I-HOOD SHAPETH NAUGHT
|Now this, now that, thou striv’st to shape|
With thine own I for instrument.
Ah, wouldst thou but let God shape all
Accordingly to His intent!
48 (IV. 143)
THE LOVELIEST TONE
|In all eternity there is no lovelier Tone|
Than when man’s heart soundeth with God in Unison.
49 (IV. 133)
MAN IS A COAL.
|Man, thou art like a piece of coal;|
And if thou liest not in Him,
Who is thy Fire and thy Light,
Then art thou black and cold and dim.
50 (I. 79)
GOD BEARETH PERFECT FRUIT
|The Vine of God bears perfect fruit.|
If any man bid me resign.
God-perfectness, he first must break
Me, branch-wise, from the Vine.
51 (II. 4)
THE ETERNAL YEA AND NAY
|God’s everlasting word is Yea,|
Nay is the Devil’s counter-cry:
To be all Yea and One with God
His own denial doth deny.
52 (IV. 126)
THE INSCRUTABLE CAUSE
|God hath all things within Himself—His Heaven, His bliss.|
Why then hath He created us? We know not this.
53 (I. 67)
THE CHILD CRIETH AFTER THE MOTHER
|As for his mother’s breast a weaned child maketh moan,|
Crieth the soul for God, crieth for Him alone.