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Each hour I humbly pray for faith,
But am a doubter still.
· Sure, were I not despised of God,
He would not leave me so,
Against the deadly foe.'
Thus spake a kind relief : • The King of France has castles twain;
To each he sends a chief. • There's Montelhery, far inland,
That stands in place secure; While La Rochelle, upon the coast,
Doth sieges oft endure.
First in his prince's love
Or La Rochelle's above?'
“Oh, doubtless, sire,' the sinner said,
• That king will love the most The man whose task was hard to keep
His castle on the coast !'
"Son,' said the bishop, 'thou art right;
Apply this reasoning well : My heart is Montelhery fort,
And thine is La Rochelle !'
3301. TEMPTATION : may be resisted.
SECURE of outward force, within himself
Milton. 3302. TEMPTATION. Prayer for help in
LORD, bear me company;
Oh! bear me company.
Let me cling close to Thee. I climb the steep with faint and faltering tread; I tremble with a strange, unknowing dread; My heart within feels numb and cold and dead,
Oh! keep me close to Thee.
Abide with me, O Lord; For I a vigil long and sad must keep; Mine eyes their bitter, unshed tears must weep; Ay, I must watch and pray while others sleep.
Oh! leave me not, dear Lord.
Lord, intercede for me. O Hands that piercèd hung on Calvary's tree, O Head, sore-bruised and thorn-crown'd for me, O Heart that broke with world-weigh'd agony,
Now intercede for me.
Support and comfort me;
Jesus, comfort me !
There is no helper else. Unless thou hear’st my anguish'd, pleading cry, Unless thou climb'st with me the mountain high, In vain the vigil-I shall faint and die.
Thou only, Lord, canst help.
O Lamb who once wast slain, Who all the sad world's sin dost take away, Hear thou my cry. Oh! close beside me stay; Take thou my burden, light my doleful way,
Thou who art risen again.
Conquer for me, O Lord.
Mary E. C. Wyeth. 3303. TEMPTATION. Prayers for help in
The billows swell, the winds are high,
3298. TEMPTATION. Danger of PERHAPS thou dost but try me-yet take heed ! There's nought so monstrous but the mind of man, In some condition, may be brought to approve : Theft, sacrilege, treason, and parricide, When flattering opportunity enticed, And desperation drove, have been committed By those who once would start to hear them named.
Lillo. 3299. TEMPTATION. Help in
THOUGH temptations round thy path
Mary Anne Gray.
Out of the depths to Thee I call,-
Plead, when the tempter's art • To each fond hope of mine Denies this faithless heart
Can e'er be Thine.
Plead Thou my cause.- Waring.
We but look On surfaces. Temptation never shook One soul whose secret hidden forces lay Firm centred in the right. The glacier bides For ages white and still, and seems a part Of the eternal Alps. But at its heart, Each hour, some atom noiseless jars, and slides, Until the avalanche falls with thundering weight. God only knoweth the beginning's date.'
Helen Hunt. 3307. TEMPTATIONS. The most dangerous
In deepest consequence.-Shakespeare.
3304. TEMPTATION: should be promptly re
TH'encroaching ill you early should oppose : Flatter'd, 'tis worse, and by indulgence grows.
Dryden. 3305. TEMPTATION : should be shunned.
Lie in the lap of sin, and not mean harm?
3309. TEST. Objection to a A MAN there came, whence none could tell,
Bearing a touchstone in his hand ;
And tested all things in the land By its unerring spell.
So fatal 'twas to seek temptation out !
'Tis wisdom to beware, And better shun the bait than struggle in the snare.
Dryden. To shun th' allurement is not hard To minds resolved, forewarn'd, and well prepared; But wondrous difficult, when once beset, To struggle through the straits, and break th' in.
Quick birth of transmutation smote
The fair to foul, the foul to fair ;
Purple nor ermine did he spare,
Were many changed to chips and clods,
And even statues of the gods Crumbled beneath its touch. Then angrily the people cried,
* The loss outweighs the profit far;
Our goods suffice us as they are; We will not have them tried.'
3306. TEMPTATION : the secret of its power.
Men said to-day, of one who sinn'd, 'What may
And since they could not so avail
To check his unrelenting quest,
My God, I thank Thee, who hast made
The earth so bright;
Beauty and light;
Noble and right.
Joy to abound;
Circling us round,
Some love is found.
For all that God in mercy sends;
For everything give thanks !
In everything give thanks !
For these and everything we see,
Miss E. I. Tupper.
I thank Thee more that all our joy
Is touch'd with pain ;
That thorns remain ;
And not our chain,
Our weak heart clings,
Yet all with wings,
The best in store :
To long for more ;
Not known before.
Though amply blest,
A perfect rest, -
Adelaide Anne Procter.
3311. THANKFULNESS. Causes for We give Thee thanks, O Lord, our God,
For all things beautiful that be,
The grass-green earth, the dark blue sea; The roses sweet that come with June;
The rainbow born of summer rains; The pure white flakes of winter snows;
The leaves that burn as autumn wanes.
For every great and glorious gift
Our thanks to Thee, O Lord, belong; Thy power guides the artist's hand, · Thy music fills the poet's song. Thy smile is seen in friendship's smile;
The tones of love are all Thine own; And in the laugh of little ones
Is heard an echo from Thy throne.
3313. THEATRE. Corruption of the Lo, where the Stage, the poor, degraded Stage, | Holds its warp'd mirror to a gaping age;.
Then I said,-my heart was sinful,
Very sinful was my speech,* All the wells of God's salvation
Are too deep for me to reach.'
And He answer'd, Rise and labour;
Doubt and idleness is death. Shape thee out a goodly vessel
With the strong hands of thy faith.'
Then knelt lowly, humbly there,
There, where to raise the drama's moral tone,
Spragu. 3314. THEATRE. Evil of the
3316. THOUGHT: begins in feeling. All thought begins in feeling,-wide
In the great mass its base is hid, And, narrowing up to thought, stands glorified,
A moveless pyramid.-Lowell.
3317. THOUGHT. Duration of
'Tis but in that which doth craat,
Duration can be sought; A worm can waste the canvas ; fate
Ne'er swept from time a thought.
Lives Phidias in his work alone?
His Jove returns to air: But wake one god-like shape from stone,
And Phidian thought is there!
The Theatre was from the very first
Blot out the Iliad from the earth,
Still Homer's thought would fire Each deed that boasts sublimer worth,
And each diviner lyre.
Like light connecting star to star,
Doth thought transmitted run: Rays that to earth the nearest are,
Have longest left the sun.-Bulwer Lytton.
3315. THIRST. The soul's
But reveries (for human minds will act),
Cowper. 3321. THOUGHT. Painfulness of
VARIOUS discussions tear our heated brain : Opinions often turn, still doubts remain ; And who indulges thought, increases pain.
Prior. 3322. THOUGHT. Pleasure of
COMPANION none is like
Unto the mind alone, For many have been harm’d by speech
Through thinking, few, or none. Fear oftentimes restraineth words,
But makes not thoughts to cease; And he speaks best that hath the skill
When for to hold his peace.
LORD, hear my discontent : All blank I stand,
Our wealth leaves us at death,
Our kinsmen at the grave, But virtues of the mind unto
The heavens with us we have ;
I can be well content
To deem in thinking spent. —Lord Vaux.
3326. THOUGHTFULNESS: the duty of the
aged. Walk thoughtful on the silent, solemn shore Of that vast ocean it must sail so soon; And put good works on board ; and wait the wind That shortly blows us into worlds unknown.
3323. THOUGHT. Privacy of GLORY to God! though given to King and Pope, To seal our eyes, our bosoms none can ope; There still shall freedom one asylum find : Go to, make creeds and laws to scourge mankind; Enthral them, hand and foot, and sight and speech, Thought only, thought is barr'd beyond your reach. What racks can bind? or what research unveil ? The soul, with flesh encompass'd as a mail Of proof, impervious, save to God alone, Defies her labours, and resumes her own. Whether she break communion with the tongue And bid it mock you with the lie you wrung, Or scorning such degenerate use of breath, Escape with truth, and leave you dust and death.
RISE, O my soul, with thy desires to Heaven,
And with divinest contemplation use Thy time, where time's eternity is given,
And let vain thoughts no more thy thoughts abuse; But sown in darkness let them lie; So live the better, let the worst thoughts die !
Raleigh. My words fly up, my thoughts remain below; Words without thoughts never to Heaven go.
Shakespeare. Think that is just ; 'tis not enough to do, Unless thy very thoughts are upright too.
3324. THOUGHT. Profitableness of
O READER, had you in your mind,
Such stores as silent thought can bring, O gentle reader, you would find
A tale in everything.–Wordsworth.