This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...an outer soul as individual too; And, through the fleeting, lives to die into the fixed, And reach at length 'God, man, or both together mixed'3." The narrow limits of the individual self will at last be left behind, and the process of our life will culminate ' in the identification of thought, feeling, ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...an outer soul as individual too; And, through the fleeting, lives to die into the fixed, And reach at length 'God, man, or both together mixed'3." The narrow limits of the individual self will at last be left behind, and the process of our life will culminate ' in the identification of thought, feeling, volition, action, of our very soul and being, with the thought and life of Him, of whom all other life is only the partial and imperfect manifestation3.' This union is, however, conceived by Browning in a very mystical sense, and does not imply the extinction of separate personality. We are not destined to become identical with God, but ' to become like Him, because we shall see Him as He is, ' living in Him indeed, but at the same time living our own separate lives, and conscious of Him as something other than ourselves. Thus Browning does not believe that the goal of human life is to be found in absorption into the divine, but rather that it consists in the complete realization of man's ideal of himself. This involves the fulfilment of all capacities and the satisfaction of all yearnings, for the poet cannot 'doubt that God's power can fill the heart that his power expands.' In his earlier works the powers which he expects to see realized include those of the head as well as those of the heart. In Paracelsus love merely claims equality with, and not supremacy over, intelligence. Love, knowledge and power mingled in due proportions make up his ideal man. In Sordello the exclusive pursuit of power is condemned, in Paracelsus that of knowledge and in Aprile that of love. But this trinity reduces itself immediately to a duality, since the intelligence, as it becomes 'knowing, ' becomes at the same time powerful, or, in other words, attains to power...
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