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The sea, the creatures, everything that is, speaks of God. It was because Augustine was so aware of the universality of God’s love and presence that he could easily communicate with all sorts and conditions of men. For instance, he once told the fishermen at Hip po: It will not be held against you that you are ignorant against your will, but that you neglect to seek out what it is that makes you ignorant; not that you cannot bring together your wounded limbs, but that you reject Him that would heal them.
She need not have worried. The notes, called Pensées, have enchanted, infuriated, uplifted, depressed, enlightened, mystified, but always enthralled countless read ers from generation to generation and are today as sparkling as when they were written and, if anything, more relevant. Indeed, I consider that it was a beneficent, if not miraculous, cir cumstance that Pascal was unable to proceed beyond the notes. The full work, had he lived to complete it, might well have been too massive, too definitive, too dogmatic even in its final conclusions, to appeal, as the Pensées have, to all the stragglers and vagrants, like myself, similarly A Third Testament blaise pascal questing.
As Blake came to see very clearly, and this is certainly my own view from experience, marriage is only possible in a continuing human re lationship when it is directed in the first place towards the procreation of children, and finds in its ultimate fulfillment a spiritual union of which the bodily one is but a premonition. As the English poet John Donne put it: Love’s mysteries in souls do grow And yet the body is His book. Blake’s marriage, as it happens, was not blessed with children; this must have been a sore disappointment to him, since, as his Songs of Innocence so enchantingly show, he understood children wonderfully and loved them dearly.