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I'll tell thee ; for thy sake I will lay hold
That aptly is put on. Refrain to-night; Of all good aims, and consecrate to thee,
And that shall lend a kind of easiness In worthy deeds, each moment that is told
To the next abstinence; the next more easy : While thou, beloved one! art far from me.
For use can almost change the stamp of nature,
And either curb the devil, or throw him out For thee I will arouse my thoughts to try
With wondrous potency.-Shakespeare.
15. ABSTINENCE: its Rewards. Through these long hours, nor call their minutes
AGAINST diseases here the strongest fence pains.
Is the defensive virtue abstinence. I will this dreary blank of absence make
Robert Herrick. A noble task-time ; and will therein strive To follow excellence, and to o'ertake
Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty: More good than I have won since yet I live.
For in my youth I never did apply
Hot and rebellious liquors in my blood. So may this doomed time build up in me
Shakespeare. A thousand graces, which shall thus be thine ; So may my love and longing hallow'd be,
16. ABSTINENCE. Labour for And thy dear thought an influence divine.
Wait, abstainers, every year
Vindicates the glorious plan,
Time rewards each pioneer 12. ABSENCE. Similes of
Who clears a higher path for man.
Faster, faster, true men gather
Round the standard all unfurl'd,
Youthful son and hoary father
Haste to bear it round the world.
17. ABSTINENCE. Resolution of
Thou sparkling bowl ! thou sparkling bowl! 13. ABSTINENCE. Battle of
Though lips of bards thy brim may press,
And eyes of beauty o'er thee roll, STAND up for the cold-water fight
And songs and dance thy power confess'Gainst doctor and lawyer and priest;
I will not touch thee ; for there clings Stand up and do battle for right
A scorpion to thy side that stings. 'Gainst foes from the West or the East;
John Pierpont. 'Gainst foes from the North and the South; 18. ACCLAMATIONS. 'Gainst foes from above or beneath ;
It is a note Speak out every man with a mouth
Of upstart greatness to observe and watch
Neglects and scorns.-- Johnson.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS were native to her mind,
Like precious pearls within a clasping shell, The treacherous, venomous thing
And winning grace her every act refined,
Like sunshine shedding beauty where it fell. The mocker! The adder whose sting
20. ACQUIESCENCE. Confiding
I KNOW not what will befall me! God hangs a mist 14. ABSTINENCE. Habit of
o'er my eyes, That monster, Custom, who all sense doth eat And o'er each step of my onward path He makes Of habit's devil, is angel yet in this:
new scenes to rise, That to the use of actions fair and good And every joy He sends me comes as a sweet and He likewise gives a frock, or livery
I see not a step before me as I tread the days of the 22. ACTION. Appointment of year,
What are we set on earth for? Say, to toilBut the past is still in God's keeping, the future His
Nor seek to leave thy tending of the vines, mercy shall clear,
For all the heat o' day, till it declines, And what looks dark in the distance, may brighten
And Death's mild curfew shall from work assoil. as I draw near.
God did anoint thee with His odorous oil,
To wrestle, not to reign ; and He assigns For perhaps the dreaded future has less bitterness
All thy tears over, like pure crystallines, than I think,
For younger fellow-workers of the soil The Lord may sweeten the water before I stoop to
To wear for amulets. So others shall drink.
| Take patience, labour, to their heart and hand, Or, if Marah must be Marah, He will stand beside
From thy hand, and thy heart, and thy brave cheer, its brink.
And God's grace fructify through thee to all. It may be there is waiting for the coming of my feet,
The least flower, with a brimming cup, may stand Some gift of such rare blessedness, some joy so
And share its dew-drop with another near.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning: strangely sweet, That my lips can only tremble with the thanks I cannot speak.
23. ACTION. Call to
Dare to do right ! dare to be true ! O restful, blissful ignorance ! 'Tis blessed not to
You have a work that no other can do ; know,
Do it so bravely, so kindly, so well, It keeps me quiet in those arms which will not let
Angels will hasten the story to tell. me go, And hushes my soul to rest on the bosom which
Dare to do right! dare to be true ! loves me so.
Other men's failures can never save you.
Stand by your conscience, your honour, your faith ; So I go on not knowing. I would not if I might;
Stand like a hero and battle till death. I would rather walk on in the dark with God, than go alone in the light;
Dare to do right ! dare to be true! I would rather walk with Him by faith than walk
Cannot Omnipotence carry you through ? alone by sight.
City and mansion and throne all in sight,
Can you not dare to be true and be right? My heart shrinks back from trials which the future may disclose,
Dare to do right ! dare to be true ! Yet I never had a sorrow but what the dear Lord
Keep the great judgment-seat always in view; chose ;
Look at your work as you'll look at it then, So I send the coming tears back, with the whisper'd
Scann'd by Jehovah and angels and men. word 'He knows.'
Dare to do right ! dare to be true ! 21. ACQUIESCENCE. Entire
Prayerfully, lovingly, firmly pursue
The path by apostles and martyrs once trod,
The path of the just to the city of God.
George Lansing Taylor.
24. ACTION. Duty of
TELL me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream !
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest !
And the grave is not its goal ;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.
Rushing godless into battle,
Single-handed in the strife.
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way; But to act that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.
Lives of good men all remind us
God can make our lives sublime : Otherwise we leave behind us
Wrecks upon the sands of time.
Wrecks !--not trophies—mark, my brother
Waifs too often seen in vainBurning beacons, which to smother
Is to earn the curse of Cain. Men may work and wait for ever,
Toiling early, toiling late; May be earnest, patient, clever,
And, like stoics, dare their fate.
Art is long and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Funeral marches to the grave.
In the bivouac of Life,
Be a hero in the strife!
Let the dead Past bury its dead !
Heart within, and God o'erhead ! Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time ;-
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
Seeing, shall take heart again.
With a heart for any fate; Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labour and to wait.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
But if here we have our portion,
If our glory we pursue, Every scheme is an abortion,
Dry rot lurks in all we do.-7. Mackay, B.D.
25. ACTION. End of
Despising pain, so thou may'st gain
With sudden call takes thee from all,
(REPLY TO LONGFELLOW's 'PSALM OF LIFE.') 'Tis no theme for joyful numbers :
Life must be a fatal dream,
Christ omitted from our scheme.
26. ACTION. God's Favour of WHEN Thou dost favour any action,
It runs, it flies;
That which had but two legs before,
It hangs, it clogs :
Can hale or draw it out of door.
And struggling hinders more.--- George Herbert.
Though thy work-day life be earnest,
If some phantom be the goal, When thou to the dust returnest,
Second death awaits thy soul.
27. ACTION. Haste to
Though thou act that each to-morrow
Finds thee farther than to-day, Yet it may be, man, that sorrow
Is thy destined end and way. Tedious art and moments fleeting
Sadden not the truly brave; Christians, at their glorious meeting,
Live and learn beyond the grave. Rather be dumb driven cattle
Than ignore our higher life,
Life is too short to waste
28. ACTION. Life in
30. ACTION. Quality of Festus. The value of a thought cannot be told ; REDEEM we time-its loss we dearly buy. But it is clearly worth a thousand lives,
No blank, no trifle, nature made or meant. Like many men's. And yet men love to live, Virtue, or purposed virtue, still be thine : As if mere life were worth their living for.
This cancels thy complaint at once ; this leaves What but perdition will it be to most ?
In act no trifle, and no blank in time.
This, the bless'd art of turning all to gold ;
Thy purpose firm is equal to the deed ;
Does well, acts nobly; angels could no more. We should count time by heart-throbs. He most
Young. lives Who thinks most,-feels the noblest,-acts the best. 31. ACTION. Record of
Philip James Bailey.
Though history, on her faded scrolls,
Fragments of facts and wrecks of names enrolls, 29. ACTION. Present
Time's indefatigable finger writes
Men's meanest actions on their souls,
In lines which not himself can blot :
These the last day shall bring to light,
Though through long centuries forgot,
When hearts and sepulchres are bared to sight.
Ah! then shall each of Adam's race,
In that concentred instant, trace,
Upon the tablet of his mind,
His whole existence in a thought combined,
Thenceforth to part no more, but be
Impictured on his memory ;
- As in the image-chamber of the eye,
Seen at a glance, in clear perspective, lie
Myriads of forms of ocean, earth, and sky.
32. ACTION. Resolution in
Be just in all thy actions, and if join'd
With those that are not, never change thy mind;
If aught obstruct thy course, yet stand not still,
But wind about till thou hast topp'd the hill.
33. ACTION. Room for
THROUGH the blue Immense
Strike out, all swimmers ! cling not in the way
Of one another, so to sink, but learn
The strong man's impulse, catch the fresh'ning spray
He throws up in his motions, and discern
By his clear, westering eye, the time of day.
Thou, God, hast set us worthy gifts to earn,
Besides Thy heaven and Thee! and when I say
There's room here for the weakest man alive Balm wouldst thou gather for corroding grief?
Close to its heart, the worm is wasting there
Breathes freely its perfumes throughout the ambient Their grave-cold flowers ! through honour's best sup air. plied,
Wake, thou that sleepest in enchanted bowers, By bringing actions to prove theirs not vain.
Lest these lost years should haunt thee on the night Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
When death is waiting for thy number'd hours
To take their swift and everlasting flight; 34. ACTIONS. Good
Wake ere the earth-born charm unnerve thee quite, Good actions crown themselves with lasting bays, And be thy thoughts to work divine address'd : Who deserves well needs not another's praise. Do something-do it soon-with all thy might;
Heath. An angel's wing would droop if long at rest, If thou doest ill, the joy fades, not the pains ;
And God himself, inactive, were no longer blest. If well, the pain doth fade, the joy remains.
Some high or humble enterprise of good
Become thy study, pastime, rest, and food, 35. ACTIONS: how their moral quality is to be
And kindle in thy heart a flame refined. determined.
Pray Heaven for firmness thy whole soul to bind
To this thy purpose—to begin, pursue,
With thoughts all fix'd and feelings purely kind;
And grace to give the praise where all is ever due.
Rouse to some work of high and holy love,
Shalt bless the earth while in the world above : 36. ACTIONS: must not be indiscreet.
The good begun by thee shall onward flow For good and well must in our actions meet;
In many a branching stream, and wider grow;
The seed that, in these few and fleeting hours,
Thy hands unsparing and unwearied sow,
Shall deck thy grave with amaranthine flowers, 37. ACTIONS. Sudden
And yield thee fruits divine in heaven's immortal ACTIONS rare and sudden, do commonly
bowers.—Carlos Wilcox. Proceed from fierce necessity : or else From some oblique design, which is ashamed
41. ACTIVITY : how much it accomplishes. To show itself in the public road.
The keen spirit
Start into instant action, and at once 38. ACTIVITY: admired.
Plans and performs, resolves and executes ! CELERITY is never more admired
Hannah More. Than by the negligent. — Ben Jonson.
42. ACTIVITY. Incentives to 39. ACTIVITY : characteristic of the wise.
MAKE haste, O man, to live, Wise men ne'er sit and wail their loss,
For thou so soon must die;
Time hurries past thee like the breeze; But cheerly seek how to redress their harm.
How swift its moments fly!
Shakespeare. 40. ACTIVITY. Christian
To breathe, and wake, and sleep,
To smile, to sigh, to grieve; Wouldst thou from sorrow find a sweet relief ?
To move in idleness through earth, Or is thy heart oppress'd with woes untold?
This, this is not to live !