Heavenly City

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Heavenly City phrases used to refer to Heaven "the Celestial City was Christian's goal in Bunyan's `Pilgrim's Progress'"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The many sights that represent the Chinese city of Beijing were built by foreigners: the Forbidden City was built by the Mongols, the Temple of Heaven by the Manchurians.
    • Heavenly city &c., the ideal of the Church of Christ in glory
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. cité, a city—L. civitas, the state—civis, a citizen.

Usage

In literature:

But there can enter the heavenly city nothing that defileth, nothing imperfect.
"The Life of the Waiting Soul in the Intermediate State" by R. E. Sanderson
Heaven a city, 284 n. 19; a court, 207.
"The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism" by Franz Cumont
Heaven is unbelievably remote; the city itself daring so high, heaven lifts in a cautious remove.
"Pipefuls" by Christopher Morley
This is nature's nest of boxes: the heavens contain the earth; the earth, cities; cities, men.
"Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions" by John Donne
Heaven alone knows by what odd freak this peaceful lane was named after the city of Semiramis.
"The Orchard of Tears" by Sax Rohmer
Nor can it be otherwise; for what brought on the "Cities of the Plain" the material fires of heaven?
"Public School Education" by Michael Müller
And has made the city of Heliopolis as brilliant as the Sun himself, the master of heaven.
"The Roman History of Ammianus Marcellinus" by Ammianus Marcellinus
No wonder that later on he referred to that city as exalted to heaven.
"Training the Teacher" by A. F. Schauffler
But the heavenly city which our Saviour has prepared for them that love him, will endure for evermore.
"What We Saw in Egypt" by Anonymous
That Kingdom of Heaven is coming ultimately in the country as well as in the city.
"The Challenge of the Country" by George Walter Fiske
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In poetry:

Thank Heaven there's a remnant,
A few not quite enslaved,
For ten just men in Sodom,
The city would have saved.
"What Owest Thou" by Abner Cosens
Six other men in that same city
Who longed to see a Spelling Heaven
Formed of themselves a strong committee
And asked Georg Nit to make it seven.
"Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; III:" by Ellis Parker Butler
A gallant city has been builded far
In the pied heaven,
Bannered with crimson, sentinelled by star Of crystal even;
Around a harbor of the twilight glowing,
With jubilant waves about its gateways flowing
"Sea Sunset" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Being apart and lonely is like rain.
It climbs toward evening from the ocean plains;
from flat places, rolling and remote, it climbs
to heaven, which is its old abode.
And only when leaving heaven drops upon the city.
"Loneliness" by Rainer Maria Rilke
DARK to me is the earth. Dark to me are the heavens.
Where is she that I loved, the woman with eyes like stars?
Desolate are the streets. Desolate is the city.
A city taken by storm, where none are left but the slain.
"The Desolate City" by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
Midnight is there; and silence, enthroned in heaven, looks down
Upon her own calm mirror, upon a sleeping town:
For Bregenz, that quaint city upon the Tyrol shore,
Has stood above Lake Constance a thousand years and more.
"A Legend of Bregenz" by Adelaide Anne Procter

In news:

On a glorious Texas spring day, the husband and I were riding the backroads around the Johnson City area looking for that perfect patch of bluebonnets and we found the road that must take you to Bluebonnet Heaven.
A VENERABLE brand known for decades as "that heavenly coffee" is coming out with a campaign that, to quote Harry Nilsson, guesses the Lord must be in New York City.
The old Swedish hymn, "Children of the Heavenly Father," will likely be part of the repertoire when the Gustavus Adolphus College Choir performs its Palm Sunday concert at Chisago Lake Lutheran Church in Center City on April 1.
The old Swedish hymn, "Children of the Heavenly Father," will likely be part of the repertoire when the Gustavus Adolphus College Choir performs its Palm Sunday concert at Chisago Lake Lutheran Church, Center City, on April 1.
The wedding is planned for Feb 19 at The Southern Plantation Heaven on Earth in Missouri City.
FREEDOM is heaven-sent, or so it would seem to anyone scanning the red-tiled rooftops of this southern Chinese city.
Atheists plan suit over city's 'Seven in Heaven' street sign .
'Personal relationship' complicates city bid to bring in self-insurer, 'stinks to high heaven'.
Members of Baylor's Heavenly Voices gospel choir to sing at Austin City Limits .
Members of Baylor's Heavenly Voices gospel choir to sing at Austin City Limits.
Roma Jean Taylor Bures, 74, went home to be with the Lord in her heavenly home on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at Continuum Courtyard, Johnson City, Tenn. With her family by her side.
Herb Wesson still speaks of his election to the Los Angeles City Council on November 8 as a mere possibility, something that is not written in the heavens as inevitable.
Vatican City like heaven for tourists.
TRAVERSE CITY — Our loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother is leading a celebration in Heaven.
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