About the only place of rest for the Soul, and which one that is [from Part II]

Book Title: Jezus en de ziel : Een geestelyke spiegel voor 't gemoed : Bestaaende in veertig aangenaame en stichtelyke zinnebeelden : Nevens Het Eeuwige Vaderland en deszelfs vreugde / [Jan Luiken]; in three parts

Author: Luiken, Jan, 1649-1712

Image Title: About the only place of rest for the Soul, and which one that is [from Part II]

Scripture Reference:

Description: Jesus, wearing an aureole, and the Soul, depicted as a young woman, watch a stone that is falling down from on high. The Dutch artist and poet, Jan Luiken (1649-1712) was responsible for drawing and etching this emblem and composing the poem that accompanies it.

Poem: The Soul explains to her nearest about the restless wandering, and how she might be able to achieve true rest.

How does the Soul agree, and diligently seek to rest,
Now here, now there, in many desires,
In money, in goods, in luxury and splendor,
In honor, in glory, in dominion and in power,
In the lust of the flesh, in drinking and eating,
In craft, in art, in wisdom and knowledge;
But all in vain, she does not find her rest;
As one sees it clearly in little and great things.
So wanders a stone, lifted from its place,
And by a hand with force driven upward,
It does not find any rest until it lies on the earth,
Its own ground, thus it falls downward.
Oh Poor Soul, so far from home and grounds,
See here an image of thy wretched wandering,
If Thou wouldst fall with force on God, thy first ground,
It would be done, thou wouldst find thy rest at once;
If thou dost not do that, thus thou must live eternally,
Oh Poor Soul, floating in eternal unrest;
That is a fruit too bitter and too sour,
Thou shouldst truly consider, eternity lasts so long.

God's Answer:
"He shall enter into peace; They shall rest in their beds, Each one walking in his uprightness. “There is no peace,” Says my God, “for the wicked” (Isaiah 57:2, 21).

(Translation by Josephine V. Brown, with editorial assistance from William G. Stryker)

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