That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over, Lest you think he never could recapture The first fine careless rapture!Robert Browning: 1845 Dramatic Romances and Lyrics,'Home- Thoughts, from Abroad'.
'Is there no more?' She cries.'All this to love, and rapture's due, Must we not paya debt to pleasure too?'Rochester,JohnWilmot, 2nd Earl of: c.1672 'The Imperfect Enjoyment', l.22-4 (published1680).
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man less, but nature more.Rochdale: 1812-18 Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, canto 4, stanza178.
Even so for me a vision sanctified The sway of death; long ere my eyes had seen Thy countenancethe still rapture of thy mien When thou, dear Sister! wert become death's bride: No trace of pain or languor could abide That changeage on thy brow was smoothedthy cold Wan cheek at once was privileged to unfold A loveliness to living youth denied. Oh! if within me hope should e'er decline, The lamp of faith, lost Friend! too faintly burn; The may that heaven-revealing smile of thine, The bright assurance, visibly return: And let my spirit in that power divine Rejoice, as, through that power, it ceased to mourn.william wordsworth: 1836 'November1836', complete poem (published1837).
The Christian's fellowship with God is rather a habit than a rapture.richard cecil: p. 245. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
Out of the dusk a shadow, Then a spark; Out of the cloud a silence, Then a lark; Out of the heart a rapture, Then a pain; Out of the dead, cold ashes, Life again.John Banister Tabb, Evolution; Reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 241-42.
And, when you, looking on your fellow men Behold them doomed to endless misery, How can you talk of joy and rapture then? May God withhold such cruel joy from me!Anne Brontë, in "A Word to the Calvinists" (28 May 1843)
In thinking of America, I sometimes find myself admiring her bright blue sky — her grand old woods — her fertile fields — her beautiful rivers — her mighty lakes, and star-crowned mountains. But my rapture is soon checked, my joy is soon turned to mourning. When I remember that all is cursed with the infernal spirit of slaveholding, robbery and wrong, — when I remember that with the waters of her noblest rivers, the tears of my brethren are borne to the ocean, disregarded and forgotten, and that her most fertile fields drink daily of the warm blood of my outraged sisters, I am filled with unutterable loathingfrederick douglass: Letter to William Lloyd Garrison (1 January 1846)
The soul of a true christian, as I then wrote my meditations, appeared like such a little white flower as we see in the spring of the year; low and humble on the ground, opening its bosom to receive the pleasant beams of the sun’s glory; rejoicing, as it were, in a calm rapture; diffusing around a sweet fragrancy; standing peacefully and lovingly, in the midst of other flowers round about; all in like manner opening their bosoms to drink in the light of the sun.jonathan edwards: "Personal Narrative" (1739), from The Works of President Edwards, vol. I, ed. Sereno B. Dwight, 1830
The lives and writings of the mystics of all great religions bear witness to religious experiences of great intensity, in which considerable changes are effected in the quality of consciousness. Profound absorption in prayer or meditation can bring about a deepening and widening, a brightening and intensifying, of consciousness, accompanied by a transporting feeling of rapture and bliss. The contrast between these states and normal conscious awareness is so great that the mystic believes his experiences to be manifestations of the divine; and given the contrast, this assumption is quite understandable. Mystical experiences are also characterized by a marked reduction or temporary exclusion of the multiplicity of sense-perceptions and restless thoughts. This relative unification of mind is then interpreted as a union or communion with the One God. ... The psychological facts underlying those religious experiences are accepted by the Buddhist and are well-known to him; but he carefully distinguishes the experiences themselves from the theological interpretations imposed upon them. After rising from deep meditative absorption ( jhāna ), the Buddhist meditator is advised to view the physical and mental factors constituting his experience in the light of the three characteristics of all conditioned existence: impermanence, liability to suffering, and absence of an abiding ego or eternal substance. This is done primarily in order to utilize the meditative purity and strength of consciousness for the highest purpose: liberating insight. But this procedure also has a very important side effect which concerns us here: the meditator will not be overwhelmed by any uncontrolled emotions and thoughts evoked by his singular experience, and will thus be able to avoid interpretations of that experience not warranted by the facts. Hence a Buddhist meditator, while benefiting from the refinement of consciousness he has achieved, will be able to see these meditative experiences for what they are; and he will further know that they are without any abiding substance that could be attributed to a deity manifesting itself to his mind. Therefore, the Buddhist’s conclusion must be that the highest mystical states do not provide evidence for the existence of a personal God or an impersonal godhead.Nyanaponika Thera, “Buddhism and the God-Idea” (1962)
Love leads to present rapture, then to pain; But all through Love in time is healed again.Charles Godfrey Leland, Sweet Marjoram.
I still don't know what I was waiting for / A big love to fall down from the skyHeaven must have sent you / To save me from the rapture"Noel Gallagher: Waiting for the Rapture
We may have two years before the Rapture. Can I be blunt with you? I don't know if we have two years left. I'm going to prove to you from the Word tonight, that we have less than two years, unless the Lord changes his mind.benny hinn: November 9, 1990 Praise-a-Thon Trinity Broadcasting
Variant translation: I feel carried away and possessed by an unutterable rapture over the divine spectacle of heavenly harmony... I write a book for the present time, or for posterity. It is all the same to me. It may wait a hundred years for its readers, as God has also waited six thousand years for an onlooker.johannes kepler: As quoted in Calculus. Multivariable (2006) by Steven G. Krantz and Brian E. Blank. p. 126
So sings the world's fond slave! so flies the dreamOf life's gay morn; so sinks the meteor rayOf fancy into darkness; and no beamOf purer light shines on the wanderer's way.So sings not he who soars on other wingsThan fancy lends him; whom a cheering faithWarms and sustains, and whose freed spirit springsTo joys that bloom beyond the reach of death.And thou would'st live again! again dream o'erThe wild and feverish visions of thy youthAgain to wake in sorrow, and deploreThy wanderings from the peaceful paths of truth!Yet yield not to despair! be born again,And thou shalt live a life of joy and peace,Shall die a death of triumph, and thy strainBe changed to notes of rapture ne'er to cease.Francis Scott Key: "On Reading Fawcett's Lines On Revisiting Scenes Of Early Life" in Poems of the Late Francis Scott Key, Esq. (1857), p. 87
What man most passionately wants is his living wholeness and his living unison, not his own isolate salvation of his "soul." Man wants his physical fulfillment first and foremost, since now, once and once only, he is in the flesh and potent. For man, the vast marvel is to be alive. For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive. Whatever the unborn and the dead may know, they cannot know the beauty, the marvel of being alive in the flesh. The dead may look after the afterwards. But the magnificent here and now of life in the flesh is ours, and ours alone, and ours only for a time. We ought to dance with rapture that we should be alive and in the flesh, and part of the living, incarnate cosmos. I am part of the sun as my eye is part of me. That I am part of the earth my feet know perfectly, and my blood is part of the sea. My soul knows that I am part of the human race, my soul is an organic part of the great human soul, as my spirit is part of my nation. In my own very self, I am part of my family. There is nothing of me that is alone and absolute except my mind, and we shall find that the mind has no existence by itself, it is only the glitter of the sun on the surface of the waters.d. h. lawrence: Apocalypse (1930)
My whole past life I live again in memory, and, involuntarily, I ask myself: 'why have I lived - for what purpose was I born?'... A purpose there must have been, and, surely, mine was an exalted destiny, because I feel that within my soul are powers immeasurable... But I was not able to discover that destiny, I allowed myself to be carried away by the allurements of passions, inane and ignoble. From their crucible I issued hard and cold as iron, but gone for ever was the glow of noble aspirations - the fairest flower of life. And, from that time forth, how often have I not played the part of an axe in the hands of fate! Like an implement of punishment, I have fallen upon the head of doomed victims, often without malice, always without pity... To none has my love brought happiness, because I have never sacrificed anything for the sake of those I have loved: for myself alone I have loved - for my own pleasure. I have only satisfied the strange craving of my heart, greedily draining their feelings, their tenderness, their joys, their sufferings - and I have never been able to sate myself. I am like one who, spent with hunger, falls asleep in exhaustion and sees before him sumptuous viands and sparkling wines; he devours with rapture the aerial gifts of the imagination, and his pains seem somewhat assuaged. Let him but awake: the vision vanishes - twofold hunger and despair remain!And tomorrow, it may be, I shall die!... And there will not be left on earth one being who has understood me completely. Some will consider me worse, others, better, than I have been in reality... Some will say: 'he was a good fellow'; others: 'a villain.' And both epithets will be false. After all this, is life worth the trouble? And yet we live - out of curiosity! We expect something new... How absurd, and yet how vexatious!mikhail lermontov: A Hero of Our Time
Learning we thank, Genius we revere: That gives us pleasure, This gives us rapture; That informs, This inspires; and is itself inspired; for genius is from heaven, learning from man.Edward Young, in Conjectures on Original Composition (1759)
I watched my life fade-away in a flashA quarter of a century dash through closets full of candles with never a roomFor rapture through a kingdom had been captured.And so I turn away from my drizzling furniture and pass old ladiesSniffling by movie stars' tombs, yes I must be home again soon.To face the unspoken unguarded thoughts of habitual heartsA vanguard of electricians a village full of tartsWho say you must protest you must protestIt is your diamond duty…Ah but in such an ugly time the true protest is beautyAnd the bleeding seer crawled from the ruins of the empireAnd stood bleeding, bleeding on the borderHe said, passion has led to chaos and now chaos will lead to order.Oh I have been away for a while and I hope to be back again soon.phil ochs: Liner notes; part of this statement is often paraphrased "In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty."
Hear from the grave, great Taliessin, hear; They breathe a soul to animate thy clay. Bright Rapture calls, and soaring, as she sings, Waves in the eye of Heav'n her many-colour'd wings.Thomas Gray, in The Bard (1757)
It is in the exceeding rapture of delight in the deepe search of knowledge, none knoweth better than thyselfe, sweet Mathew, that maketh men manfully indure th'extremes incident to that Herculean labour.mathew roydon: Dedication to George Chapman's The Shadow of Night (1594) in "Notices of Mathew Roydon", Egerton Brydges, ed., Restituta: Or, Titles, Extracts, and Characters of Old Books in English Literature, Revived (1815), p.51.
Dear Lord! while we adoring payOur humble thanks to Thee,May every heart with rapture say,—"The Saviour died for me!"anne steele: Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 371.
I wished that I were the owner of every southern slave, that I might cast off the shackles from their limbs, and witness the rapture which would excite them in the first dance of their freedom.thaddeus stevens: Statement at the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention (July 1837), quoted in Thaddeus Stevens, Scourge of the South (1959) by Fawn M. Brodie, p. 63
In our society, the journalist ranks with the philantropist as a person who has something extremely valuable to dispense (his currency is the strangely intoxicating substance called publicity), and who is consequently treated with a deference quite out of proportion to his merits as a person. There are very few people in this country who do not regard with rapture the prospect of being written about or interviewed on a radio or television program.Janet Malcolm, The Journalist and the Murderer (1990). New York: Knopf, p. 58.
I find a rapture linked with each despair,Well worth the price of anguish. I detectMore good than evil in humanity.Love lights more fires than hate extinguishes,And men grow better as the world grows old.ella wheeler wilcox: Optimism