The Grateful Christian

Essays, opinions, and works-in-progress by a conservative Lutheran pastor.

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In order of importance, I am a: Husband, father, pastor, hobby programmer, writer. Thoughts are but coins. Let me not trust instead
Of Thee, their thin-worn image of Thy head.

--C.S.Lewis, The Apologist's Evening Prayer

Sunday, April 08, 2007

"Such liberall dole"

By miracles exceeding power of man,
Hee faith in some, envie in some begat,
For, what weake spirits admire, ambitious, hate;
In both affections many to him ran,
But Oh! the worst are most, they will and can,
Alas, and do, unto the immaculate,
Whose creature Fate is, now prescribe a Fate,
Measuring selfe-lifes infinity to'a span,
Nay to an inch. Loe, where condemned hee
Beares his owne crosse, with paine, yet by and by
When it beares him, he must beare more and die,
Now thou art lifted up, draw mee to thee,
And at thy death giving such liberall dole,
Moyst, with one drop of thy blood, my dry soule.
John Donne, La Corona, 400 years ago


Anonymous Marlyss Sekki said...

I was touched to find your posting from a number of years ago. My daughter was searching for info on Art's dissertation on ruauch, and came across your posting, and it was nice to see your name again. Thanks for the memoriam. Marlyss

Aug 12, 2010, 5:02:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Fremer said...

Many of my classmates, that I ran into since then and mentioned that Art has joined the Church Triumphant, expressed shock and dismay. I am sure there were many prayers for you that dribbled in like that over the years.

Aug 14, 2010, 12:30:00 PM  

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