|Love lent me wings; my path was like a stair;|
A lamp unto my feet, that sun was given;
And death was safety and great joy to find;
But dying now, I shall not climb to Heaven.
Michael AngeloSonnet LXIII. After Sunset.
|Nunc ille vivit in sinu Abraham.|
Now he [Nebridius] lives in Abrahams bosom.
St. AugustineConfessions. Bk. IX. 3. De Anima. Bk. IV. 16. 24. He explains that Abrahams bosom is the remote and secret abode of quiet. Founded on Luke. XVI. 23.
|Spend in pure converse our eternal day;|
Think each in each, immediately wise;
Learn all we lacked before; hear, know, and say
What this tumultuous body now denies;
And feel, who have laid our groping hands away;
And see, no longer blinded by our eyes.
Rupert BrookeNew Numbers.
| God keeps a niche|
In Heaven, to hold our idols; and albeit
He brake them to our faces, and denied
That our close kisses should impair their white,
I know we shall behold them raised, complete,
The dust swept from their beauty, glorified,
New Memnons singing in the great God-light.
E. B. BrowningSonnet. Futurity with the Departed.
|All places are distant from heaven alike.|
BurtonAnatomy of Melancholy. Pt. II. Sec. III. Memb. 4.
|In hope to merit Heaven by making earth a Hell.|
ByronChilde Harold. Canto I. St. 20.
| To appreciate heaven well|
Tis good for a man to have some fifteen minutes of hell.
Will CarletonFarm Ballads. Gone with a Handsomer Man.
| The road to heaven lies as near by water as by land.|
Jeremy CollierEccl. Hist. Ed. 1852. IV. 241. Friar Elstons words, when threatened with drowning by Henry VIII, according to Stow, quoted by Gasquet. Same idea ascribed to Sir Humphry Gilbert when his ship was wrecked off Newfoundland. (1583). Idea taken from an Epigram of Leonidas of Tarentum. See StobæusGreek Anthology. Jacobs appendix. No. 48.
|Heaven means to be one with God.|
Confucius, quoted by Canon Farrar. Sermons. Eternal Hopes. What Heaven Is. Last line.
|Where tempests never beat nor billows roar.|
CowperOn the Receipt of My Mothers Picture.
|And so upon this wise I prayed,|
Great Spirit, give to me
A heaven not so large as yours
But large enough for me.
Emily DickinsonA Prayer.
|Nor can his blessed soul look down from heaven,|
Or break the eternal sabbath of his rest.
DrydenThe Spanish Friar. Act V. Sc. 2.
|Since heavens eternal year is thine.|
DrydenElegy on Mrs. Killegrew. L. 15.
|Twas whispered in Heaven, twas muttered in hell|
And echo caught faintly the sound as it fell.
On the confines of earth twas permitted to rest,
And the depths of the ocean its presence confessed.
Catherine M. FanshaweEnigma. (The letter H.) (Twas in Heaven pronounced, it was muttered in hell. In the original MS.)
|Where billows never break, nor tempests roar.|
GarthDispensary. Canto III. L. 226.
|While resignation gently slopes the way;|
And, all his prospects brightening to the last,
His heaven commences ere the world be past.
GoldsmithThe Deserted Village. L. 110.
| They had finished her own crown in glory, and she couldnt stay away from the coronation.|
GrayEnigmas of Life.
|Eye hath not seen it, my gentle boy!|
Ear hath not heard its deep songs of joy;
Dreams cannot picture a world so fair
Sorrow and death may not enter there;
Time doth not breathe on its fadeless bloom,
For beyond the clouds, and beyond the tomb,
It is there, it is there, my child!
Felicia D. HemansThe Better Land.
|All this, and Heaven too!|
Philip HenryMatthew Henrys Life of Philip Henry. P. 70.
|Just are the ways of heaven; from Heaven proceed|
The woes of man; Heaven doomd the Greeks to bleed.
HomerOdyssey. Bk. VIII. L. 128. Popes trans.
|Nil mortalibus arduum est;|
Clum ipsum petimus stultitia.
Nothing is difficult to mortals; we strive to reach heaven itself in our folly.
HoraceCarmina. Bk. I. 3. 37.
| There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary be at rest.|
Job. III. 17.
|In my fathers house are many mansions.|
John. XIV. 2.
| Sperre dich, so viel du willst!|
Des Himmels Wege sind des Himmels Wege.
Struggle against it as thou wilt, yet Heavens ways are Heavens ways.
LessingNathan der Weise. III. 1.
|Booth led boldly with his big bass drum|
(Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?)
The Saints smiled gravely, and they said Hes come.
(Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?)
Nicholas Vachel LindsayGeneral Booth Enters Heaven.
| The heaven of poetry and romance still lies around us and within us.|
LongfellowDrift-Wood. Twice-Told Tales.
| When Christ ascended|
Triumphantly from star to star
He left the gates of Heaven ajar.
LongfellowGolden Legend. Pt. II.
|We see but dimly through the mists and vapors;|
Amid these earthly damps
What seem to us but sad, funereal tapers
May be heavens distant lamps.
LongfellowResignation. St. 4.
|Cedit item retro, de terra quod fuit ante,|
In terras; et, quod missum est ex ætheris oreis,
Id rursum cæli relatum templa receptant.
What came from the earth returns back to the earth, and the spirit that was sent from heaven, again carried back, is received into the temple of heaven.
LucretiusDe Rerum Natura. II. 999.
|Heaven to mes a fair blue stretch of sky,|
Earths jest a dusty road.
|Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.|
Matthew. VI. 20.
|It were a journey like the path to heaven,|
To help you find them.
MiltonComus. L. 302.
| The hasty multitude|
Admiring enterd, and the work some praise,
And some the architect: his hand was known
In heaven by many a towerd structure high,
Where scepterd angels held their residence,
And sat as princes.
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. I. L. 730.
|A heaven on earth.|
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. IV. L. 208.
| The starry cope|
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. IV. L. 992.
| Though in heavn the trees|
Of life ambrosial fruitage bear, and vines
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. V. L. 426.
| Heaven opend wide|
Her ever-during gates, harmonious sound
On golden hinges moving.
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. VII. L. 205.
|There is a world above,|
Where parting is unknown;
A whole eternity of love,
Formd for the good alone;
And faith beholds the dying here
Translated to that happier sphere.
|A Persians Heaven is easly made,|
Tis but black eyes and lemonade.
MooreIntercepted Letters. Letter VI.
| The way to heaven out of all places is of like length and distance.|
Sir Thomas MoreUtopia.
|Theres nae sorrow there, John,|
Theres neither cauld nor care, John,
The day is aye fair,
In the land o the leal.
Lady NairneThe Land o the Leal.
| A sea before|
The Throne is spread;its pure still glass
Pictures all earth-scenes as they pass.
We, on its shore,
Share, in the bosom of our rest,
Gods knowledge, and are blest.
Cardinal NewmanA Voice from Afar.
|Heavn but the Vision of fulfilld Desire.|
And Hell the Shadow from a Soul on fire.
Omar KhayyamRubaiyat. St. 67. FitzGeralds trans.
| A day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God than to dwell in the tente of wickedness.|
Psalms. LXXXIV. 10.
|The blessed Damozel leand out|
From the gold bar of Heaven:
Her eyes knew more of rest and shade
Of waters stilld at even;
She had three lilies in her hand,
And the stars in her hair were seven.
RossettiThe Blessed Damozel. (Version in Oxford Ed. of Golden Treasury.)
|It was the rampart of Gods house|
That she was standing on;
By God built over the sheer depth,
The which is Space begun;
So high, that looking downward thence,
She scarce could see the sun.
RossettiThe Blessed Damozel.
|Non est ad astra mollis e terris via.|
The ascent from earth to heaven is not easy.
SenecaHercules Furens. CCCCXXXVII.
|Heavens face doth glow.|
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 48.
| Sure hes not in hell; hes in Arthurs bosom, if ever man went to Arthurs bosom.|
Henry V. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 8. Richard II. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 104.
|Were it not good your grace could fly to heaven?|
The treasury of everlasting joy.
Henry VI. Pt. II. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 17.
|And, father cardinal, I have heard you say|
That we shall see and know our friends in heaven:
If that be true, I shall see my boy again;
For since the birth of Cain, the first male child,
To him that did but yesterday suspire,
There was not such a gracious creature born.
King John. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 76.
| Theres husbandry in heaven;|
Their candles are all out.
Macbeth. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 5.
| Well, Gods above all; and there be souls must be saved, and there be souls must not be saved.|
Othello. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 105.
|All places that the eye of heaven visits,|
Are to a wise man ports and happy havens.
Richard II. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 275.
| For the selfsame heaven|
That frowns on me looks sadly upon him.
Richard III. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 285.
|Straight is the way to Acheron,|
Whether the spirits race is run
From Athens or from Meröe:
Weep not, far from home to die;
The wind doth blow in every sky
That wafts us to that doleful sea.
J. A. Symonds. Trans. P. 37 in Tomsons Selections from the Greek Anthology, in the Canterbury Poets. (Greek is found in Palantine Anthology. No. 3.)
|Who seeks for Heaven alone to save his soul|
May keep the path, but will not reach the goal;
While he who walks in love may wander far,
Yet God will bring him where the blessed are.
Henry Van DykeStory of the Other Wise Man. V.
|So all we know of what they do above|
Is that they happy are, and that they love.
Edmund WallerOn the Death of Lady Rich.
|For all we know|
Of what the blessed do above
Is, that they sing, and that they love.
Edmund WallerSong. While I Listen to Thy Voice. St. 2.
|I have been there, and still would go;|
Tis like a little heaven below.
Isaac WattsDivine Songs. 28.
|There is a land of pure delight,|
Where saints immortal reign;
Infinite day excludes the night,
And pleasures banish pain.
Isaac WattsHymns and Spiritual Songs. Bk. II. 66.
|One eye on death, and one full fixd on heaven.|
YoungNight Thoughts. Night V. L. 838.