Sunday, August 28, 2016

From "The Excellencies of God's Law" (Psalm 119:9-16)

from the Bible: Psalm 119:9-16 (King James Version)

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?
By taking heed thereto according to thy word.
With my whole heart have I sought thee:
O let me not wander from thy commandments.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart,
That I might not sin against thee.
Blessed art thou, O Lord:
Teach me thy statutes.
With my lips have I declared
All the judgments of thy mouth.
I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies,
As much as in all riches.
I will meditate in thy precepts,
And have respect unto thy ways.
I will delight myself in thy statutes:
I will not forget thy word.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

From "The Excellencies of God's Law" (Psalm 119:1-8)

from the Bible: Psalm 119:1-8 (King James Version)

Blessed are the undefiled in the way,
Who walk in the law of the Lord.
Blessed are they that keep his testimonies,
And that seek him with the whole heart.
They also do no iniquity:
They walk in his ways.
Thou hast commanded us
To keep thy precepts diligently.
O that my ways were directed
To keep thy statutes!
Then shall I not be ashamed,
When I have respect unto all thy commandments.
I will praise thee with uprightness of heart,
When I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
I will keep thy statutes:
O forsake me not utterly.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine : Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Read the Wikipedia article about Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, which this year is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Nicholas Solovioff's cover painting
for a 1955 issue of
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

A murder story by Walt Whitman

"One Wicked Impulse!" is a murder story by (in the words of Mark Van Doren) "the most original and passionate American poet" -- Walt Whitman. The story was first published in book form in Walt Whitman's Specimen Days & Collect (Philadelphia: Rees Welsh & Co., 1882-83), and it was reprinted in the January 1954 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. Read Walt Whitman's murder story "One Wicked Impulse!" I ask that you pay particular attention to the ending of the story -- to the very last paragraph. When you have finished reading Walt Whitman's murder story, read the paragraph below.

If you were "shocked" by the last paragraph of Walt Whitman's murder story, read "One Wicked Impulse! (1845)," a commentary by Patrick McGuire on that story.

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
at about 50

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

"Abide in the Doctrine of Christ": Second Epistle of John - King James Bible (Dramatized Audio)

"Abide in the Doctrine of Christ": A found poem from the Bible

A found poem from the Bible:
The Second Epistle of John (King James Version)

The elder unto the elect lady
And her children, whom I love in the truth;
And not I only,
But also all they that have known the truth;
For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us,
And shall be with us for ever.

Grace be with you,
Mercy, and peace,
From God the Father,
And from the Lord Jesus Christ,
The Son of the Father,
In truth and love.

I rejoiced greatly
That I found of thy children walking in truth,
As we have received
A commandment from the Father.
And now I beseech thee, lady,
Not as though I wrote
A new commandment unto thee,
But that which we had from the beginning,
That we love one another.
And this is love,
That we walk after his commandments.
This is the commandment,
That, as ye have heard from the beginning,
Ye should walk in it.
For many deceivers are entered
Into the world, who confess not
That Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.
This is a deceiver and an Antichrist.
Look to yourselves, that ye
Lose not those things which we have wrought,
But that ye receive a full reward.
Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth
Not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.
He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ,
He hath both the Father and the Son.
If there come any unto you,
And bring not this doctrine,
Receive him not into your house,
Neither bid him Godspeed:
For he that biddeth him Godspeed
Is partaker of his evil deeds.

Having many things to write unto you,
I would not write with paper and ink:
But I trust to come unto you,
And speak face-to-face,
That our joy may be full.

The children of thy elect sister greet thee.