‘Of Thee I Sing’

Cover, blurb, review, recommendation … sometimes you get reeled in because the prefacing set of quotes promise you the ‘deep magic’.

See if you can work out what sort of book these lines of molten gold introduce:

Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin or your selfishness. But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.

— From The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis

We are lovers in a dangerous time. Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight. We have to kick at the darkness until it bleeds daylight.

— From ‘Lovers in a Dangerous Time’ by Bruce Cockburn

The love for equals is a human thing — of friend for friend, brother for brother. It is to love what is loving and lovely.
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The world smiles.
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The love for the less fortunate is a beautiful thing — the love for those who suffer, for those who are poor, the sick, the failures, the unlovely. This is compassion, and it touches the heart of the world.
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The love for the more fortunate is a rare thing — to love those who succeed where we fail, to rejoice without envy with those who rejoice, the love of the poor for the rich, of the black man for the white man. The world is always bewildered by its saints.
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And then there is the love for the enemy — love for the one who does not love you but mocks, threatens, and inflicts pain. The tortured’s love for the torturer. This is God’s love. It conquers the world.

— From The Magnificent Defeat by Frederick Buechner

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