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will be fixed, steady intuition, as its object is permanent glory.
The vision of God can neither infer, nor admit weariness. The eye
cannot divert; its act is eternally delectable, and affords an
unvariable, undecaying pleasure. Sensual delights soon end in
loathing; quickly bring a glutting surfeit; and degenerate into
torments, * when they are continued and unintermittent. A
philosopher, in an epistle which he writes to a friend, from the
court of Dionysius, where he was forcibly detained, thus bemoans
himself, KOKoSatfiovovfitv, 5> ' AvriaOtvte, ov fitrpiwg,
&c.--"We are unhappy, O Antisthenes, beyond measure; and how
can we but be unhappy, that are burdened by the tyrant every day
with sumptuous feasts, plentiful compotations, precious ointments,
gorgeous apparel ? And I knew as soon as I came into this island
and city, how unhappy my life would be." Socraticorum Epis. -9.
This is the nature and common condition of even the most pleasing,
sensible objects; they first tempt, then please a little, then
disappoint, and lastly vex. The eye that beholds them, blasts them
quickly, rifles and deflowers their glory; and views them with no
more delight at first, than disdain afterwards. Creature-enjoyments
have a bottom, are soon drained and drawn dry; hence there must be
frequent diversions; other pleasures must be sought out; and are
chosen, not because they are better, but because they are new. This
demonstrates the emptiness and vanity of the creature. Affection of
variety only proceeds from sense of want; and is a confession, upon
trial, that there is not in such an enjoyment what was expected.
Proportionably, in the state of glory, a constant, indeficient
fulness renders the blessed soul undesirous of any change. There is
no need of varieties, of diversions; what did...
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