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I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
The question is, was her hope of a better love after death a vain
hope? Is this merely poetic dreaming, with no foundation in fact?
Does love last forever? Does death become the dividing line that
divorces all true lovers? These are not minor questions, but ones
which all loving mates ask at some time or another.
It is fascinating to study the marriages of great men of God, and
see how the hope of reunion with their mates is such a vital force in
their lives. When William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army,
stood at the side of his wife's grave, he spoke these words, "I have
never turned from her these 40 years for any journeyings on my
mission of mercy, but I longed to get back, and have counted the
weeks, days, and hours which should take me again to her side."
After some other words concerning his sorrow he said, "When I have
served my Christ and my generation according to the will of God,
....then I trust that she will bid me welcome to the skies."
Jonathan Edwards, one of the greatest preachers and theologians
America has ever produced, did not die speaking of books and
theology, but rather, of his dear wife, Sarah. His final words were,
"Give my kindest love to my dear wife, and tell her that the
uncommon union which has so long subsisted between us has been of
such a nature as I trust is spiritual and therefore will continue