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    Hi help me with the poem

    What Love is this of thine, that Cannot bee
    In thine Infinity, O Lord, Confinde,
    Unless it in thy very Person see,
    Infinity, and Finity Conjoyn'd?
    What hath thy Godhead, as not satisfide
    Marri'de our Manhood, making it its Bride?


    Oh, Matchless Love! filling Heaven to the brim!
    O're running it: all running o're beside
    This World! Nay Overflowing Hell; wherein
    For thine Elect, there rose a mighty Tide!
    That there our Veans might through thy Person bleed,
    To quench those flames, that else would on us feed.


    Oh! that thy Love might overflow my Heart!
    To fire the same with Love: for Love I would.
    But oh! my streight'ned Breast! my Lifeless Sparke!
    My Fireless Flame! What Chilly Love, and Cold?
    In measure small! In Manner Chilly! See.
    Lord blow the Coal: Thy Love Enflame in mee.


    Can you explain the first four lines of this poem? I have no idea.

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    Re: Hi help me with the poem

    What Love is this of thine, that Cannot bee
    In thine Infinity, O Lord, Confinde,
    Unless it in thy very Person see,
    Infinity, and Finity Conjoyn'd?

    This is posing a question to God about the timelessness of his love - infinite and finite.


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    Paraphrase:


    What is this love that cannot be confined within your Infinity, God, unless infinite and finite together are found within your Person.


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    Thanks,
    Now I understood the first stanza.
    Can you check my understanding of the next two lines?
    Paraphrase: What has your Godhead, as if not satisfied, married our Manhood, and made it [the Godhead] its [the Manhood] Bride?
    Is that correct?


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    Can you help me with the second stanza?
    What's "O're"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sympathy View Post
    Can you help me with the second stanza?
    What's "O're"?
    Over.


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    thanks


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    'over' makes sense. Thank you.
    Can you explain what does "Nay Overflowing Hell" mean? What's 'Nay'?
    What does 'for thine Elect' mean? What is 'our Veans'?
    What does the 12th line mean?


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    Quote Originally Posted by sympathy View Post
    'over' makes sense. Thank you.
    Can you explain what does "Nay Overflowing Hell" mean? What's 'Nay'?
    What does 'for thine Elect' mean? What is 'our Veans'?
    What does the 12th line mean?
    Nay Overflowing Hell; wherein
    For thine Elect, there rose a mighty Tide!
    That there our Veans might through thy Person bleed,
    To quench those flames, that else would on us feed.

    Nay = No >> "No, overflowing Hell" = No, it has even overflowed Hell - filled it to excess

    "thine elect" = those who are chosen

    "Veans" = "veins"

    "That the blood from Christ's wounds, through our veins, will quench the flames [of passion] that otherwise will feed on us".

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    Quote Originally Posted by sympathy View Post
    'over' makes sense. Thank you.
    Can you explain what does "Nay Overflowing Hell" mean? What's 'Nay'?No, (or not)

    What does 'for thine Elect' mean? thy (your) chosen
    What is 'our Veans'? possibly our veins, I cannot locate the old English I believe this comes from

    What does the 12th line mean?
    Put out the flames of Hell which would otherwise burn us
    Which book did you find this in?

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