Darkling Thrush

8 02 2013

Hope deferred makes the heart sick…

 

winter mist

 

 

I leant upon a coppice gate
      When Frost was spectre-grey,
And Winter’s dregs made desolate
      The weakening eye of day.
The tangled bine-stems scored the sky
      Like strings of broken lyres,
And all mankind that haunted nigh
      Had sought their household fires.
The land’s sharp features seemed to be
      The Century’s corpse outleant,
His crypt the cloudy canopy,
      The wind his death-lament.
The ancient pulse of germ and birth
      Was shrunken hard and dry,
And every spirit upon earth
      Seemed fervourless as I.
At once a voice arose among
      The bleak twigs overhead
In a full-hearted evensong
      Of joy illimited;
An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,
      In blast-beruffled plume,
Had chosen thus to fling his soul
      Upon the growing gloom.
So little cause for carolings
      Of such ecstatic sound
Was written on terrestrial things
      Afar or nigh around,
That I could think there trembled through
      His happy good-night air
Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew
      And I was unaware.
Thomas Hardy

For we know that the whole creation groans together and suffers agony together until now.  Not only this, but we ourselves also, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves while we await eagerly our adoption, the redemption of our body.  For in hope we were saved, but hope that is seen is not hope, for who hopes for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we await it eagerly with patient endurance.

Romans 8:22-25 (LEB)

For through the Spirit by faith we eagerly await the hope of righteousness.

Galatians 5:5 (LEB)

Now faith is the realization of what is hoped for, the proof of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1 (LEB)

Therefore, because we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we boast in the hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also boast in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces patient endurance, and patient endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:1-5 (LEB)

Hope that is deferred makes the heart sick,
    but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

Proverbs 13:12 (LEB)

And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?
My hope is for you.

Psalm 39:7 (LEB)

 

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9 02 2013
ashcam24

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9 02 2013
D. Raymond-Wryhte

Thank you for your consideration. I have checked the VBA site and will continue the process, though it may take me a while to learn the procedure.

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