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A letter from Spurgeon to his wife when attacked by Mosquitos in Venice.

This note was written while Charles Spurgeon was in Venice. We all love Spurgeon for his impeccable use of the English vocabulary. This note to his wife when he was being plagued by mosquitoes will make you see the human and mortal side of the Spurgeon as he battles the mundane. This should be a light hearted read for you…please do not laugh (well enjoy it whichever way)

6 a.m.—I awake grateful for another night’s peaceful rest, only to find myself very badly bitten by mosquitoes. A mosquito is the most terrible of beasts. A lion delights in blood, but he does not suck it from living animals; he does not carefully prolong their tortures. A viper poisons, but he is generally content with one use of his fangs; but these small-winged serpents bite in scores of places in succession.
My hands are a series of burning mountains. The creatures are as nearly omnipresent as Satan, which means that, though a mosquito cannot be everywhere, yet no mortal can be sure that he is not near him, or tell where he is not. Curtains are a delusion, pastilles are a snare; the little enemies are irritated by such attempts to escape their malice, and give you double punishment. O Italy! I have shed my blood for thy sake, and feel a love of thee (or something else) burning in my veins!

The sooner I am away from thee, O fair Venice, the better, for thou dost deluge me by day, and devour me by night! I wonder how my two companions have fared; I shall go, by-and-by, and look for their remains! I have opened my windows, and the pests are pouring in, eager and hungry; but, as I am up and dressed, there will be no more of me available for them at present

HT Levi’s daily thoughts.

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3 responses to “A letter from Spurgeon to his wife when attacked by Mosquitos in Venice.

  1. Michael Snow March 28, 2014 at 21:33

    Delightful. On a more serious matter, Spurgeon is just as unequivocal about spilling blood. http://spurgeonwarquotes.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/surgeon-christians-evangelicals-war-pacifism/

  2. squidaloopa April 26, 2014 at 12:21

    Fantastic!
    You don’t by any chance live on the Northside of Brisbane, Australia do you? We have been plagued with these horrible insects in an overwhelming proportion the last month.
    And yes, totally agree with his synopsis!

    • Acidri April 26, 2014 at 14:52

      Ha! Ha! My sympathies to you!

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