The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 79
Chapter IV. — The Throne of God
The Throne of God.
Let us drop the scales from eyes and have a heaven within our ken, one our senses can feel, one our minds can conceive, one with God's natural laws, one sensible to our reason, one we page 25 can talk about, one we can all sec, and in the spirit I do meditate, and with muscle and motion I rouse my predication and do blink and grope amongst my congregation of common terms, and the length, breadth, and height of God's throne is the expression of man.
2. And before that throne let us judge rightly, deducing conclusions from premises that will glorify our Maker, and unto conscience and its premonitions let us give honour and respect.
3. And he that sat thinking was of the Caucasian race, whose mind was imbued with the constancy of God's natural laws, and whose great major premise was, that the perpetual stability of the ordinances of mind and matter were divinely guaranteed. Were but generalized facts, and when the white-footed creature was spoken to he looked into the eye of the speaker to blink over the speaker's deliverance. In the white of the eye he saw the proposition, in the blue the middle term, and in the inner disc he read the syllogism, and he did meekly check the speaker in his matter by respect for truth and gently in his style by honouring perspicuity. He read in the fall of the eye-lid man's mortality, for those lively small things were things that did die, and common terms, things gathered after birth, were severally indispensible instruments of all reasoning souls, and without them man had no soul worthy of the name.
4. And covering his eyes were restless eye-lashes moved and shaken by his thinking and his marshalling of the rank and file of his nomenclature, and whilst wakeful were as reeds beating against the wind, and in this activity God did expect from man a correct, clear, prompt and truthful abstraction from the subject then uppermost in his mind. Rendering truly that which may furnish the middle-term suitable to the occasion, and what he says and what he thinks shall as radium emanations go outwards, guiding his own and lighting the footsteps of others.
5. And from the throne the cerebral of man proceeded enthematic syllogisms, and there were seven essences, before the throne which are the seven spirits of God, and God's right arm was strengthened by a great conversancy in the common terms, of language. They are the mental picture, the copy, the abstract, the counterpart, the reflex, the shadow and the ghost of the individual, and with them, as at Pentecost, we commune with our God, and by them the power of the highest shall overshadow thee.
6. And before the throne there was a ball of crystal, and in the midst of the throne and round about the throne were the four corners of the human eye, with their attendant senses before and behind.
7. And there was the face of a lion, and of a calf, and of a man, and of a flying eagle, blinking as were their species, holding such page 26 signs as their language did supply. Some were stricken and defective, and had their brain-cell explosions going into ether from the points of their fingers.
8. Each having eyes that rest not day and night, saying, Holy, Holy, Holy. Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come, and those words, twice seven, were not thought nor spoken without a rise and fall in their several eye-lashes. The activity in the verb-substantive did demand this movement.
9. And when those beasts give thanks to that quickening spirit which liveth in their species for ever and ever.
10. Their eye-lashes fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever; and signs, symbols, and meditations are cast before the throne, saying:
11. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power, for thou hast created all things, and waited long for man to name them, and for thy pleasure they are and were created, and there is no Saviour amongst men other than that frail reed who is charged with the power of the word, and whose chief end is but to be greatly imbued with that which is pure and good. And he that hath seen me hath seen the Father, and the Father is in me, and for the advancement of truth and for rest to the soul of the world, I present unto man the true thoughts of Jesus Christ about his God.