Death must obliterate all memories and affections and ideas and laws, or the awakening in the next world will be amid the welcomes, and loves and raptures of those who left us with tearful farewells, and with dying promises that they would wait to welcomes us when we should arrive. And so they do. Not sorrowfully, not anxiously, but lovingly, they wait to bid us welcome.
Neat Marlowe, bathed in theThespian springs, Had in him those brave translunary things That the first poets had; his raptures were All air and fire, which made his verses clear, For that fine madness still he did retain Which rightly should possess a poet's brain.Michael Drayton
'Tis thou, alone, who with thy mystic fan, Work'st more than Wisdom, Art, or Nature can, To rouse the sacred madness; and awake The frost-bound-blood, and spirits; and to make Them frantic with thy raptures, flashing through The soul, like lightning, and as active too.Robert Herrick
Change in a trice The lilies and languors of virtue For the raptures and roses of vice.algernon charles swinburne
Illustrious acts high raptures do infuse,And every conqueror creates a muse.Edmund Waller
Hoards after hoards his rising raptures fill;Yet still he sighs, for hoards are wanting still.Oliver Goldsmith
Thinking that it was time to bring down the Monarch from his raptures to the level of common sense, I determined to endeavour to open up to him some glimpses of the truth, that is to say of the nature of things in Flatland.edwin abbot
I profoundly admire Aldous Huxley, both for his philosophy and uncompromising sincerity . But I disagree with his advocacy of 'the chemical opening of doors into the Other World', and with his belief that drugs can procure 'what Catholic theologians call a gratuitous grace'. Chemically induced hallucinations, delusions and raptures may be frightening or wonderfully gratifying; in either case they are in the nature of confidence tricks played on one's own nervous system.Arthur Koestler
Hoards after hoards his rising raptures fill; Yet still he sighs, for hoards are wanting still.Oliver Goldsmith
Who all in raptures their own works rehearse, And drawl out measur'd prose, which they call verse.Charles Churchill
Is it for thee the linnet pours his throat? Loves of his own, and raptures swell the note.Alexander Pope
Despise it not, ye Bards to terror steel'd,Who hurl'd your thunders round the epic field;Nor ye who strain your midnight throats to singJoys that the vineyard and the still-house bring;Or on some distant fair your notes employ,And speak of raptures that you ne'er enjoy.I sing the sweets I know, the charms I feel,My morning incense, and my evening meal,The sweets of Hasty-Pudding. Come, dear bowl,Glide o'er my palate, and inspire my soul.joel barlow
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