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to have a due respect for himself.” The very design of dress, good breeding, outward ornament and ceremony were to lift up human nature and set it off to an advantage. Architecture, painting, and statuary were invented with the same design, as indeed every art and science contributes to the embellishment of life, and to the wearing off and throwing into shades the mean and low parts of our nature; and poetry carries on this end, more than all the rest.
JOSEPH ADDISON. OPEN thy bosom, set thy wishes wide,
And let in manhood—let in happiness!
the Apostle af Conscience.
A great strong wind rent the mountains and rent to pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake ; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still, small Voice. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in a mantle and went out and stood in the entering of the cave. And there came a voice to him, saying: What doest thou here, Elijah ?—1 Kings xi, 11-13.
Y the merciful assistance of the Most High I have
desired to labor in Europe, in America, with English, with barbarians, yea, and also I have longed
after some dealing with Jews themselves, for whose hard measure, I fear, the nations and England have yet a score to pay. I desire not that liberty for myself I would not freely and impartially weigh out to all the consciences of the world besides. All those consciences ought freely and impartially to be permitted their several respective worships, and what way of maintaining them, they freely chose.
It hath been told one that I labored for a contentious and licentious people; I have been charged with folly for that freedom and liberty which I have always stood for.
But, Gentlemen, blessed be God who faileth not, and blessed be His name for His wonderful Providences by which alone this town and colony, and that grand cause of Truth and Freedom of Conscience, hath been upheld to this day. ROGER WILLIAMS.
ET still there whispers the small voice within,
Heard through Gain's silence and o'er Glory's din,
the prophet of Soul-Liberty.
There is no man that hath power over the spirit, to hinder the spirit, as little as he hath power in the day of death. .-Ecclesiastes viii. 8.
QOLL experience tells us that public peace and love is
better than abundance of corn and cattle. I have one only motion and petition which I earnestly pray the town to lay to heart, as ever they look for a blessing from God on the town, on your families, your corn and cattle, and your children after you; it is this: That after you have got over the black brook of some soul bondage yourselves, you tear not down the bridge after you, by leaving no small pity for distressed souls that may come over you.
What are all the contentions and wars of this world about, but for greater dishes and bowls of porridge ? But here all over this colony a great number of weak and distressed souls, scattered, are flying hither; the Most High and only Wise hath provided this country and this corner as a shelter for the poor and persecuted, according to their several persuasions. And as to myself, in endeavoring after your temporal and spiritual peace, I humbly desire to say, if I perish, I perish. It is but a shadow vanished, a bubble broke, a dream finished. Eternity will pay for all.
OH, could I worship aught beneath the skies
That earth hath seen or fancy can devise,
Our acts Our angels.
Say ye to the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe unto the wicked, it shall be ill with him, for the reward of his hands shall be given him.—Isaiah iii, 10, II.
THE only things in which we can be said to have any
property are our actions. Our thoughts may be bad, yet produce no poison; they may be good, yet produce no fruit. Our riches may be taken from us by misfortune, our reputation by malice, our spirits by calamity, our health by disease, our friends by death. But our actions must follow us beyond the grave; with respect to them alone we cannot say that we shall
carry with us nothing when we die, neither that we shall go naked out of the world. Our actions must clothe us with an immortality loathsome or glorious; these are the only title-deeds of which we cannot be disinherited; they will have their full weight in the balance of eternity, when everything else is as nothing. Colton.
Act well at the moment, and you have performed a good action to all eternity.
O when time's veil shall fall asunder,
The soul may know
Liberty and Light.
O send out Thy light and Thy truth, let them lead me, let them bring me unto Thy holy hill and to Thy tabernacle. Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God, my exceeding joy. .-Psalm xliii.
CERTAIN past ages are called Ages of Faith, in
contradistinction to our own to which that title is denied. Justly? I more than doubt it. For one thing, our age believes in Liberty and Light; year after year the efforts increase to spread their blessings, to emancipate and enlighten the minds even of the humblest classes.
And the consequence is that Ideas begin to rise above material power. They scorn armed hosts; they break through frowning fortresses, and they will, at last, silence the roar of the battlefield. The time when theorists are contemptuously pushed aside, are ridiculed as impracticable dreamers, is passing away; because the world has found out that their dreams have come true, and are now commonplace realities. Liberty and Light are the watch words of those who believe in the redemption of mankind in this world. May they ever inspire and guide us.
G. G. 'HE light pours down from heaven
And enters where it may; The eyes of all earth's children
Are cheered with one bright day. So let the mind's true sunshine
Be spread o’er earth as free, And fill men's waiting spirit As the waters fill the sea.