Whether they will be as readily received at the gate of the Celestial City I decline giving an opinion.
By the aspect and demeanor of these persons it was easy to judge that the feelings of the community had undergone a very favorable change in reference to the celestial pilgrimage.
So, on the whole, we were not sorry when honest Greatheart went off to the Celestial City in a huff and left us at liberty to choose a more suitable and accommodating man.
The engine at this moment took its station in advance of the cars, looking, I must confess, much more like a sort of mechanical demon that would hurry us to the infernal regions than a laudable contrivance for smoothing our way to the Celestial City.
I promise myself great pleasure in informing him of it when we reach the Celestial City.
Myself, and all the passengers indeed, joined with great unanimity in this view of the matter; for our burdens were rich in many things esteemed precious throughout the world; and, especially, we each of us possessed a great variety of favorite Habits, which we trusted would not be out of fashion even in the polite circles of the Celestial City.
A new pride taught me mine ego, and that teach I unto men: no longer to thrust one's head into the sand of celestial
things, but to carry it freely, a terrestrial head, which giveth meaning to the earth!
It was his custom, too, as it has been that of many other pious Puritans, to fast -- not however, like them, in order to purify the body, and render it the fitter medium of celestial
illumination -- but rigorously, and until his knees trembled beneath him, as an act of penance.
But first he casts to change his proper shape, Which else might work him danger or delay: And now a stripling Cherube he appeers, Not of the prime, yet such as in his face Youth smil'd Celestial
, and to every Limb Sutable grace diffus'd, so well he feignd; Under a Coronet his flowing haire In curles on either cheek plaid, wings he wore Of many a colourd plume sprinkl'd with Gold, His habit fit for speed succinct, and held Before his decent steps a Silver wand.
I may there discover the wondrous power which attracts the needle and may regulate a thousand celestial
observations that require only this voyage to render their seeming eccentricities consistent forever.
Gold and purple clouds lay on the hilltops, and rising high into the ruddy light were silvery white peaks that shone like the airy spires of some Celestial City.
I shall have to do a deal of traveling before I come in sight of your Celestial City.