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The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love by Swedenborg, Emanuel, 1688-1772

The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love by Swedenborg, Emanuel, 1688-1772

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The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love
The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love
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To Which is Added The Pleasures of Insanity Pertaining To
Scortatory Love
By Emanuel Swedenborg
A Swede
Being a translation of his work
"Deliti\u00e6 Sapienti\u00e6 de Amore Conjugiali; post quas sequuntur Voluptates Insani\u00e6 de Amore Scortatorio"
(Amstelodami 1768)
1892
CONTENTS

The Delights of Wisdom
Adulterous Love and its Sinful Pleasures
Index

PRELIMINARY RELATIONS RESPECTING THE JOYS OF HEAVEN
AND NUPTIALS THERE.

1. "I am aware that many who read the following pages and the Memorable Relations annexed to the chapters,
will believe that they are fictions of the imagination; but I solemnly declare they are not fictions, but were
truly done and seen; and that I saw them, not in any state of the mind asleep, but in a state of perfect
wakefulness: for it has pleased the Lord to manifest himself to me, and to send me to teach the things relating
to the New Church, which is meant by the New Jerusalem in the Revelation: for which purpose he has opened
the interiors of my mind and spirit; by virtue of which privilege it has been granted me to be in the spiritual
world with angels, and at the same time in the natural world with men, and this now (1768) for twenty-five
years."

2. On a certain time there appeared to me an angel flying beneath the eastern heaven, with a trumpet in his
hand, which he held to his mouth, and sounded towards the north, the west, and the south. He was clothed in a
robe, which waved behind him as he flew along, and was girt about the waist with a band that shone like fire
and glittered with carbuncles, and sapphires: he flew with his face downwards, and alighted gently on the
ground, near where I was standing. As soon as he touched the ground with his feet, he stood erect, and walked
to and fro: and on seeing me he directed his steps towards me. I was in the spirit, and was standing in that
state on a little eminence in the southern quarter of the spiritual world. When he came near, I addressed him
and asked him his errand, telling him that I had heard the sound of his trumpet, and had observed his descent

To Which is Added The Pleasures of Insanity Pertaining To Scortatory Love
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through the air. He replied, "My commission is to call together such of the inhabitants of this part of the
spiritual world, as have come hither from the various kingdoms of Christendom, and have been most
distinguished for their learning, their ingenuity, and their wisdom, to assemble on this little eminence where
you are now standing, and to declare their real sentiments, as to what they had thought, understood, and
inwardly perceived, while in the natural world, respecting Heavenly Joy and Eternal Happiness. The occasion
of my commission is this: several who have lately come from the natural world, and have been admitted into
our heavenly society, which is in the east, have informed us, that there is not a single person throughout the
whole Christian world that is acquainted with the true nature of heavenly joy and eternal happiness;
consequently that not a single person is acquainted with the nature of heaven. This information greatly
surprised my brethren and companions; and they said to me, 'Go down, call together and assemble those who
are most eminent for wisdom in the world of spirits, (where all men are first collected after their departure out
of the natural world,) so that we may know of a certainty, from the testimony of many, whether it be true that
such thick darkness, or dense ignorance, respecting a future life, prevails among Christians.'" The angel then
said to me, "Wait awhile, and you will see several companies of the wise ones flocking together to this place,
and the Lord will prepare them a house of assembly." I waited, and lo! in the space of half an hour, I saw two
companies from the north, two from the west, and two from the south; and as they came near, they were
introduced by the angel that blew the trumpet into the house of assembly prepared for them, where they took
their places in the order of the quarters from which they came. There were six groups or companies, and a
seventh from the east, which, from its superior light, was not visible to the rest. When they were all
assembled, the angel explained to them the reason of their meeting, and desired that each company in order
would declare their sentiments respecting Heavenly Joy and Eternal Happiness. Then each company formed
themselves into a ring, with their faces turned one towards another, that they might recall the ideas they had
entertained upon the subject in the natural world, and after examination and deliberation might declare their
sentiments.

3. After some deliberation, the First Company, which was from the north, declared their opinion, that
heavenly joy and eternal happiness constitute the very life of heaven; so much so that whoever enters heaven,
enters, in regard to his life, into its festivities, just as a person admitted to a marriage enters into all the
festivities of a marriage. "Is not heaven," they argued, "before our eyes in a particular place above us? and is
there not there and nowhere else a constant succession of satisfactions and pleasures? When a man therefore is
admitted into heaven, he is also admitted into the full enjoyment of all these satisfactions and pleasures, both
as to mental perception and bodily sensation. Of course heavenly happiness, which is also eternal happiness,
consists solely in admission into heaven, and that depends purely on the divine mercy and favor." They having
concluded, the Second Company from the north, according to the measure of the wisdom with which they
were endowed, next declared their sentiments as follows: "Heavenly joy and eternal happiness consist solely
in the enjoyment of the company of angels, and in holding sweet communications with them, so that the
countenance is kept continually expanded with joy; while the smiles of mirth and pleasure, arising from
cheerful and entertaining conversation, continually enliven the faces of the company. What else can constitute
heavenly joys, but the variations of such pleasures to eternity?" The Third Company, which was the first of
the wise ones from the western quarter, next declared their sentiments according to the ideas which flowed
from their affections: "In what else," said they, "do heavenly joy and eternal happiness consist but in feasting
with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; at whose tables there will be an abundance of rich and delicate food, with the
finest and most generous wines, which will be succeeded by sports and dances of virgins and young men, to
the tunes of various musical instruments, enlivened by the most melodious singing of sweet songs; the
evening to conclude with dramatic exhibitions, and this again to be followed by feasting, and so on to
eternity?" When they had ended, the Fourth Company, which was the second from the western quarter,
declared their sentiments to the following purpose: "We have entertained," said they, "many ideas respecting
heavenly joy and eternal happiness; and we have examined a variety of joys, and compared them one with
another, and have at length come to the conclusion, that heavenly joys are paradisiacal joys: for what is

The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love.
PRELIMINARY RELATIONS RESPECTING THE JOYS OF HEAVENAND NUPTIALS THERE.
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