[b]The saints' hell--and the sinners' heaven[/b]
(Thomas Brooks, "A String of Pearls" 1657)
"And they will go away into eternal punishment,
but the righteous will go into eternal life."
This present life is the saints' hell--and
the sinners' heaven.
The next life will be the saints' heaven
--and the sinners' hell.
Here on earth wicked men have their heaven,
hereafter they shall have their hell. The time
of this life is the day of their joy and triumph;
and when this short day is ended--then eternal
lamentations, mournings, and woes follow!
Ah sinners! sinners! that day is hastening
upon you, wherein you shall have . . .
punishment without pity,
misery without mercy,
sorrow without support,
pain without pleasure, and
torments without end!
Ah, sinners! sinners! Ah! your portion is below,
and you are already adjudged to those torments
which are endless, easeless, and remediless; where
the worm never dies, and the fire never goes out!
The day is coming upon you, sinners, when . . .
all your sweet shall be turned into bitter;
all your glory into shame;
all your plenty into scarcity;
all your joys into sorrows;
all your recreations into vexations; and
all your momentary comforts into everlasting torments!
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon