Great Throughts Treasury

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Philip James Bailey

English Spasmodic Poet

"Poetry is itself a thing of God; He made his prophets poets; and the more we feel of poesie do we become like God in love and power,--under-makers."

"See the gold sunshine patching, and streaming and streaking across the gray-green oaks; and catching, by its soft brown beard, the moss."

"See the sun! God's crest upon His azure shield, the Heavens."

"Star canto: star speaks light, and world to world repeats the passage of the universe to God--the one great word well worth all languages in earth or heaven."

"Stars which stand as thick as dewdrops on the field of heaven."

"Surely the stars are images of love."

"The death-bed of a day, how beautiful!"

"She spake, and his love-wilder'd and idolatrous soul clung to the airy music of her words, like a bird on a bough, high swaying in the wind."

"The beautiful are never desolate; but someone always loves them--God or man. If man abandons, God himself takes them."

"The dew, 'tis of the tears which stars weep, sweet with joy."

"The firefly only shines when on the wing; so is it with the mind; when once we rest, we darken."

"The ground of all great thoughts is sadness."

"The sun, centre and sire of light, The keystone of the world-built arch of heaven."

"The fringe of the garment of the Lord."

"The truth of truths is love."

"The stars, which stand as thick as dewdrops on the fields of heaven."

"The strongest passion which I have is honor."

"The wind breathes not, and the wave walks softly as above a grave."

"The sun, God's crest upon His azure shield, the heavens."

"There are whole veins of diamonds in thine eyes, Might furnish crowns for all the Queens of earth."

"Thy talk is the sweet extract of all speech, And holds mine ear in blissful slavery."

"Thou wind! Which art the unseen similitude of God The Spirit, His most meet and mightiest sign."

"Thou art a woman, and that is saying the best and worst of thee."

"'Tis- of the tears which stars weep, sweet with joy."

"Tis man himself makes his own god and his own hell."

"True faith nor biddeth nor abideth form, the bended knee, the eye uplift; is all which men need render; all which God can bear. What to the faith are forms? A passing speck, a crow upon the sky."

"We must not pluck death from the Maker's hand."

"We live not to ourselves, our work is life."

"Walk boldly and wisely in that light thou hast-- there is a hand above will help thee on."

"We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives, who thinks most, feels noblest, acts the best."

"What are ye orbs? The words of God? the Scriptures of the skies?... Could I love less, I should be happier now."

"We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; in feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best. Life's but a means unto an end; that end beginning, mean, and end to all things, ?God."

"When I forget that the stars shine in air ? When I forget that beauty is in stars ? When I forget that love with beauty is ? Will I forget thee: till then all things else."

"When night hath set her silver lamp high, then is the time for study."

"Where doubt there truth is?'tis her shadow."

"What men call accident is God's own part."

"Who never doubted never half believed"

"With something good and bad of every land."

"Why Mammon sits before a million hearths Where God is bolted out from every house."

"Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is -- it is her shadow."

"Ye are all nations, I a single soul. Yet shall this new world order outlast all."

"Words are the motes of thought, and nothing more."

"Write to the mind and heart, and let the ear glean after what it can."

"Youth might be wise; we suffer less from pains than pleasures."