The Unseen Vision
George H. Morrison
Cyrus had been king of Babylon three years when this revelation was vouchsafed to Daniel. In the first month, on the four-and-twentieth day of it, he had a vision of the eternal Son. He was walking and meditating by the river Hiddekel when there broke mysteriously on his gaze a Man, and this Man, as seen again in the Apocalypse, we know to have been the preexistent Christ. He was clothed with linen as a priest is clothed. He was girded with gold as one on royal service. His body was as a beryl, and his eyes like fire, and the voice of His words like the voice of a multitude. And so overpowering in its glory was it all, so suddenly and so divinely splendid, that the comeliness of Daniel was turned into corruption, and he retained no strength. No wonder that Daniel was profoundly astonished that no one had seen the vision but himself. "I Daniel alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me saw it not."
That circumstance at once suggests to me that vision is not conditioned by locality. Daniel and his friends were all in company by the banks of the river Hiddekel that evening. There was the river, broad, still, magnificent. There were the plains and far away the hills. And the birds cried, and the reeds by the water whispered, and faintly from a distance came the stir of Babylon. It was the same murmur that fell on every ear. It was the same scene that opened on every eye. Now if what a man saw depended on environment, there would have been no one blind by Hiddekel that night. On every eye of that little strolling company would have flashed the shining vision of the Christ. But "I Daniel alone saw the vision, for the men that were with me saw it not."
The same thing meets us in life on every hand, meets us, for instance, in the case of poets. Set down a poet on any spot on earth, no matter how bleak and barren be the place, and he will enmantle it with gold and glory and have his vision in it of all love ...
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