Thursday, January 19, 2012

With thanks to Ralph Erskine from Dunfermline

"...The law could promise life to me,
If my obedience perfect be;
But grace does promise life upon
My Lord’s obedience alone.
The law says, Do, and life you’ll win;
But grace says, Live, for all is done;
The former cannot ease my grief,
The latter yields me full relief.."

- from Gospel Sonnets by Ralph Erskine (1745). There is a statue of him in Dunfermline today; he was buried at the Abbey, where most of King Robert the Bruce is also buried.