Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The church, universal, nourished, in the wilderness


 "Behold, I do not bring it to destroy that which they have received, 
but to build it up. And for this cause have I said: 

If this generation harden not their hearts, 
I will establish my church among them.  
Now I do not say this to destroy my church, 
but I say this to build up my church; 

Therefore, whosoever belongeth to my church need not fear, 
for such shall inherit the kingdom of heaven."

  "And the woman fled to the wilderness, 
where she had a place prepared by God 
where she would be sustained... "

    how long did she linger there,
    there in the wilderness

    nestled by the fire,
    of his authors, psalmist and poets.

    concealed was she,  there, nourished. 

    when to come forth,
    and replenish the earth?

    Milton unearthed her, there,
    concealed among the poets.

"Say Heav'nly Muse, shall not thy sacred vein [ 15 ]
Afford a present to the Infant God?
Hast thou no vers, no hymn, or solemn strein,
To welcom him to this his new abode,"

 "And dig'd out ribs of Gold. Let none admire [ 690 ]
That riches grow in Hell; that soyle may best
Deserve the precious bane. And here let those
Who boast in mortal things, and wond'ring tell
Of Babel, and the works of Memphian Kings"

 "That underneath had veins of liquid fire  [ 701 ]
Sluc'd from the Lake, a second multitude
With wondrous Art found out the massie Ore,
Severing each kind, and scum'd the Bullion dross:"

    till revealed again,
    in the wilderness, she lay.

    to linger till, brought forth .

    in all her restoration and glory.


(The Doctrine and Covenants, Section 10:50-55)
(Revelations 12:6)
(John Milton, On the Morning of Christ's Nativity) Compos'd 1629
(John Milton, Paradise Lost Book i)