Give me my scallop-shell of quiet,
My staff of faith to walk upon,
My script of joy, immortal diet,
y bottle of salvation.
My gown of glory, hopes true gauge,
And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.

~Sir Walter Raleigh

A hiker, walking for pleasure, likes to choose between several alluring trails.
The pilgrim desires only the road that leads home.

~Frank W. Boreham

Monday, June 21, 2010

Now To Be Known as Jenny!

An enjoyable new biography of our dear Jane fell into my hands. Well, not fell, actually. It was discovered and purchased. But a happy finding it has proved.

Written by a gentleman with literary and theological credentials as long as your arm, its focus is the life circumstances that produced the genius of our beloved writer and that which framed her faith.

In a past post I expressed the desire to learn more of the faith aspect of our Jane. Here then, in the words of the brother to whom she was closest - Henry - is the statement hoped for:

"Jane Austen's hopes of immortality
were built upon the Rock of Ages.
That she deeply felt,
and devoutly acknowledged,
the insigificance of all worldly attainments,
and the worthlessness of all human service,
in the eyes of her heavenly Father.
That she had no other hope of mercy, pardon and peace,
but through the merits and suffers of her Redeemer."

As for 'Jenny' that is the name by which Jane was known to friends and family her life long.
Now, Dear Reader, doesn't this information make your heart happy this day?