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great gifts by an intimate association with their Author and
Creator. Through revelation we gain a knowledge of God,
but this knowledge only causes us to seek a more perfect
understanding, and hence a greater love of the Divine Being.
Perfect happiness, we can therefore see, must consist of
a union with God in all that would serve to make this union
perfect-in knowledge and love. As St. Paul says, "In Him
it hath well pleased the Father that all fulness should dwell."
What joy and happiness awaits those fortunate among
men who pass within that abode over whose portals are writ-
ten the words "No sorrow enter heref' no pen such as mine
can describe. The mind will find opened to it the eternal
truths of the fountain of knowledge, the heart will be en-
gulfed in Divine Love, to the exclusion of all fear or unrest,
and then will the possession of these two great gifts so per-
meate the soul of man, as to bring with them a life of eternal
rest, a haven of perpetual peace, where warring passions
cease to trouble, and where heart yearnings are no more.
Here shall be beauty and joyance and light, as Dante says
"O Prime Enlightener! Thou who gavest me strength
On the high triumph of thy realm to gaze,
Grant virtue now to utter what I kennid.
There is in heaven a light, whose goodly shine
Makes the Creator visible to all
Created, that in seeing Him alone
Have peace, and in a circle spreads so far,
That the circumference were too loose a zone
To girdle in the sun. All is one beam
Reflected from the summit of the first
That moves, which being hence and vigor takes,
And as some cliff, that from the bottom eyes
HiS image mirror'd in the crystal Hood,
As if to admire his brave appareling
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HEART YEARNINGS 11
rest and once again we resume the quest. And so on through
our entire span of existence come desire, success, discontent.
Those three words, small in themselves, easily understood,
form the impassable barrier rendering perfect happiness in
this life an impossibility. . .
Perfect happiness is unattainable in this life. Does that
mean that we are never to taste of the sweets of true beati-
tude, or merely that what we are unable to obtain in this
life may be possessed in a life to come? Can the heart find
satisfaction some place or is it doomed to an eternity of
unrest? The answer must necessarily be that we can attain
perfect happiness in a life to come for we cannot reconcile
the fact that God, having given us this compelling desire,
would leave us without the means necessary for its attain-
No one believing in the Creator can doubt the existence
of a life wherein perfect happiness is to be found. Has God
given to us a desire higher than the things of this life only
to withhold from us the fulfillment of that desire? My life
on this earth has been one of unrest, of sorrow and sadness.
In a distant land there awaits us an everlasting existence of
joy and gladnessg a life of rest and peace g a dominion of
The soul is made for heaven and for the possession of
an uncreated good. God being the only uncreated Good, it
follows that in Him alone perfect happiness is found. Even
in this life, by a knowledge indescribable, are we made aware
of the fact that God is the ultimate end of our desires. To
him do we turn in adversity, and thus acknowledge our de-
pendence, and his powers of comforting and rendering us
Our bodily cravings find satisfaction in the material goods
of life, but not so with the soul. It is continually stretching
forth in its search after loftier things, and, possessing the
capability of love, truth and goodness, seeks to perfect these
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HEART YEARNINGS 13
Of verdure and of flowers 3 so round about
Eyeing the light, on' more than million thrones
Stood eminent, whatever from the earth
Has to the skies returned."-Il Paradiso.
Robert L. Chambers.
61112 Bamning Bag
The darkening shroud of night now slips away,
The cloudless east is Hooded with a light
And painted, as by artist's touches, bright
With crimson welcome to awakening day.
No motion of the vessels on the bay,
No hurry of a bustling city's mightg
But only peace and solace in a sight,
When man still slept and nature yet was gay.
Oh ne'er can sight be seen, a sight more grand,
A sight more full of nature's beauteous charm,
Than when the night is rolled away from earth,
Defeated by the first appearing arm
Of burning sunlight, that to all the land
Is herald of the joyous daylight's birth.
Chas. B. Lafferty.
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