New Testament Inspired Words of James Nayler - Nayler Sonnet 24 by K. Boulding

New Testament Inspired:

Beautiful Quaker Words: James Nayler’s Deathbed Testimony

 

There is a spirit which I feel that delights to do no evil, nor to revenge any wrong, but delights to endure all things, in hope to enjoy its own in the end. Its hope is to outlive all wrath and contention, and to weary out all exaltation and cruelty, or whatever is of a nature contrary to itself. It sees to the end of all temptations. As it bears no evil in itself, so it conceives none in thought to any other. If it be betrayed, it bears it, for its ground and spring is the mercies and forgiveness of God. Its crown is meekness, its life is everlasting love unfeigned; it takes its kingdom with entreaty and not with contention, and keeps it by lowliness of mind. In God alone it can rejoice, though none else regard it, or can own its life. It is conceived in sorrow, and brought forth without any to pity it; nor doth it murmur at grief and oppression. It never rejoiceth but through sufferings; for with the world's joy it is murdered. I found it alone, being forsaken. I have fellowship therein with them who lived in dens and desolate places of the earth, who through death obtained this resurrection and eternal holy life.

Thou wast with me when I fled from the face of mine enemies: then didst Thou warn me in the night: Thou carriedst me in Thy power into the hiding-place Thou hadst prepared for me: there Thou coveredst me with Thy Hand that in time Thou mightst bring me forth a rock before all the world. When I was weak Thou stayedst me with Thy Hand, that in Thy time Thou mightst present me to the world in Thy strength in which I stand, and cannot be moved. Praise the Lord, O my soul. Let this be written for those that come after. Praise the Lord.

 

Kenneth Boulding’s Nayler Sonnets:

24. I found it alone, being forsaken

There is no death but this, to be alone,

Outside the friendly room of time and space,

Forsaken by the comfortable face

Of things familiar, human, measured, known.

Not in raw fires, not in the imagined groan

Of tortured body-spirits, do we trace

The shape of Hell; but in that dreadful place

Where in the vision nought but self is shown.

And yet—he found it there, as on the cross

When even God had fled, Love did not die:

So from the last despair, the extremest cry,

Flows the great gain that swallows all our loss.

And from the towers of Heaven calls the bell

That summons us across the gulf of Hell.

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