We take nothing from the womb but pure filth [meras sordes]. The seething spring of sin is so deep and abundant that vices are always bubbling up form it to bespatter and stain what is otherwise pure.... We should remember that we are not guilty of one offense only but are buried in innumerable impurities.... all human works, if judged according to their own worth, are nothing but filth and defilement.... they are always spattered and befouled with many stains.... it is certain that there is no one who is not covered with infinite filth.
With guilt's defilement stained, without, within,How may I hope Thy cleansing grace to win?Because Thou saidst, "I have forgiven thy sin."margaret junkin preston
With guilt's defilement stained, without, within, How may I hope Thy cleansing grace to win? Because Thou saidst, "I have forgiven thy sin."
A very weighty argument is this namely, that neither does the light which descends from thence, chiefly upon the world , mix itself with anything, nor admit of dirtiness or pollution, but remains entirely, and in all things that are, free from defilement, admixture, and suffering.
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