John Donne, Dean of St. Paul's, London

 

 

 

 

Preached at the Spital (Part 3).

THE LIGHT OF THE knowledge of the glory of this world, is a good, and a great peece of learning. To know, that all the glory of man, is as the flower of grass: that even the glory, and all the glory, of man, of all mankind, is but a flower, and but as a flower; somewhat less than the Proto-type, than the Original, than the flower it self; and all this but as the flower of grass neither, no very beautiful flower to the eye, no very fragrant flower to the smell: To know, that for the glory of Moab, Auferetur, it shall be contemned, consumed; and for the glory of Jacob it self, Attenuabitur, It shall be extenuated that the glory of Gods enemies shall be brought to nothing and the glory of his servants shall be brought low in this word: To know how near nothing, how near nothing, all the glory of this world is, is a good, a great degree of learning.

[XXVI. Sermons (25), 1660]

Fr. Lance Mc Adam

The Study has been prepared by Father Lance McAdam

who entered into rest July 14, 2003

May his soul, and the souls of all the departed rest in peace.

And light perpetual shine upon him.

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