Quote by Robert Philip (1791-1858)

“Tell scientific men, that the first astonomer of the age is alone in the chief observatory in the world, with the most powerful telescopes ever lifted to the heavens; and all kindred minds will at once kindle in prospect of his discoveries. The silence and solitude of his post are held sublime, and felt to be in harmony with the silent sweep of the celestial orbs, and the music of the spheres. But tell his admirers, that he often pauses, amidst the roll and radiance of the heavenly bodies, to pray; and although one of their own poets has said that ‘An undevout astronomer is mad,’ his devotion will be esteemed madness or weakness. ‘The poet’s eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven,’ and is almost adored; but the penitent’s eyes, swimming in tears of contrition, and hardly daring to look up, even when alone before God, are despised by the generality of mankind. But ‘a broken and contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.'”

Robert Philip, Communion With God: A Guide to the Devotional Spirit (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2006), 120-121.

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