We know that God is everywhere; but certainly we feel His presence most when His works are on the grandest scale spread before us; and it is in the unclouded night-sky, where His worlds wheel their silent course, that we read clearest His infinitude
, His omnipotence, His omnipresence.
I saw when at his Word the formless Mass, This worlds material mould, came to a heap: Confusion heard his voice, and wilde uproar Stood rul'd, stood vast infinitude
confin'd; Till at his second bidding darkness fled, Light shon, and order from disorder sprung: Swift to thir several Quarters hasted then The cumbrous Elements, Earth, Flood, Aire, Fire, And this Ethereal quintessence of Heav'n Flew upward, spirited with various forms, That rowld orbicular, and turnd to Starrs Numberless, as thou seest, and how they move; Each had his place appointed, each his course, The rest in circuit walles this Universe.
It drew closer, ever closer, through an infinitude
of time, and he did not move.
They pointed out to them that the firmament, with its infinitude
of stars, may be considered as one vast dial-plate, upon which the moon travels, indicating the true time to all the inhabitants of the earth; that it is during this movement that the Queen of Night exhibits her different phases; that the moon is
On this doctrine of the extermination of an infinitude
of connecting links, between the living and extinct inhabitants of the world, and at each successive period between the extinct and still older species, why is not every geological formation charged with such links?
God is Infinite Wisdom, and Power, and Goodness - and LOVE; but if this idea is too vast for your human faculties - if your mind loses itself in its overwhelming infinitude
, fix it on Him who condescended to take our nature upon Him, who was raised to heaven even in His glorified human body, in whom the fulness of the Godhead shines.
The great distinction between teachers sacred or literary,--between poets like Herbert, and poets like Pope,--between philosophers like Spinoza, Kant and Coleridge, and philosophers like Locke, Paley, Mackintosh and Stewart,--between men of the world who are reckoned accomplished talkers, and here and there a fervent mystic, prophesying half insane under the infinitude
of his thought,--is that one class speak from within, or from experience, as parties and possessors of the fact; and the other class from without, as spectators merely, or perhaps as acquainted with the fact on the evidence of third persons.
How could this happen to a man who had lived through that magical spring and summer, and who had felt that the stars themselves were but flaming particles in the far-away infinitudes
of his love?
In this account, which approximates the momentary infinitude
of experiencing a Coen brothers film, Levine exhibits a conscious lack of understanding of what he had seen--and yet, at the same time, he feels compelled to understand it.
Patrides has made clear that hell has long served as an imaginative space for describing or enumerating the unspeakable infinitude
of punishment for sin.
It is a point already lightly hinted above: that the ever-new infinitude
of the Gothic forms is the necessary obverse of our untranscendable finitude of vision, of the simple fact that the whole circle which may be produced by completing the two curves of a pointed arch is beyond our seeing, stretching as it would up into the heavens above us and down into the earth below.
233) A century and a half earlier, that great loafer Whitman had left his newspaper work to contemplate at his leisure a spear of summer grass, the possibilities of unrestricted love and sexuality and the infinitude
of the single, separate person.