Friday, April 2, 2010

The Beloved Spouse

Thomas Hooker, The Application of Redemption, p. 137:

The man whose heart is endeared to the woman he loves, he dreams of her in the night, hath her in his eye and apprehension when he awakes, museth on her as he sits at table, walks with her when he travels and parlies with her in each place where he comes.

Thomas Hooker, A Comment Upon Christ's Last Prayer, p. 187:

That the Husband tenders his Spouse with an indeared affection above al mortal creatures: This appeareth by the expressions of respect, that all he hath, is at her command, al he can do, is wholly improved for her content and comfort, she lies in his Bosom, and his heart trusteth in her, which forceth al to confess, that the stream of his affection, like a mighty current, runs with full Tide and strength.

Thomas Hooker, The Soules Humiliation, pp. 73-74:

As a wife deales with the letters of her husband that is in a farre Country; she finds many sweet inklings of his love, and shee will read these letters often, and daily; she would talke with her husband a farre off, and see him in the letters. Oh (saith she) thus and thus hee thought when he writ these lines, and then she thinkes he speaks to her againe; she reads these letters only, because she would be with her husband a little, and have a little parley with him in his pen, though not in his presence: so these ordinances [of public worship] are but the Lord's love-letters...

[These quotes may be found in J.I. Packer, A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life, pp. 265, 356.]

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