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This sickness brought him so near to the gates of death, and he saw the grave so ready to devour him, that he would often say, his recovery was supernatural. And then, being with his eldest daughter, Mrs. Harvey, at Abury Hatch in Essex, he there fell into a fever, which, with the help of his constant infirmity vapours from the spleen hastened him into so visible a consumption, that his beholders might say of him, as St. Paul of himself, 'I die daily,' and he might say with Job, 'My welfare passeth away as a cloud, the days of my affliction have taken hold of me'.
Izaak Walton, Life of Dr. Donne
'The blasphemy of great natures,' said Renan once, 'is more acceptable to God than the interested prayer of the common person; for, while the blasphemy denotes an imperfect view of things, it includes an element of just protest, whereas egoism has not a particle of truth at all.
References. XXX. 23. Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. xxxii. No. 1922. XXX. 25. Ibid. vol. viii. No. 479.
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