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XXIV.

the God of the Bood.

The heavens are Thine, the earth also is Thine ; as for the world and the fullness thereof, Thou hast fouuded it.-Psalm lxxxix. II.

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E worship the pure one, the Lord of Purity. We

worship the Universe of the true spirit, visible and invisible, and all that sustains the welfare of the good creation. We praise all good thoughts, all good deeds which are and will be; all that keeps pure, all that is good. We worship the wise One who formed and furthered the life of the earth. We worship the wise One with our bodies and with our souls. We worship Him, as being united with the spirits of pure men and women.

The world were an empty tablet if Thou hadst not written thereon Thy eternal thought. PERSIAN.

O Thou merciful One, who art exalted above all imperfections, descend into our intellects and purge us from every ill. Turn our sorrows into joys. To Thee do we cling. From Thee all kings seek their light. Thou art the helper of mankind, one and all. Thou art the hope of the worlds.

SABIAN LITURGY.

"HESE are Thy glorious works, Parent of Good,

Almighty! This Thine universal fame,
Thus wondrous fair ; Thyself how wondrous then,
Unspeakable, who sitt'st above these heavens,
To us invisible, or dimly seen
In these Thy lowest works! Yet, there declare
Thy goodness beyond thought and power divine !

XXV. the Holy and Merciful God.

Do good, O Lord, unto those that be good and to them that are upright in their hearts.—Psalm cx.ru 4.

THINK of the Lord with a good heart and seek Him

in simplicity. For He will be found of them that tempt Him not and showeth Himself unto such as do not distrust Him; froward thoughts separate from God; and His power, when it is tried, reproacheth the unwise. Into a malicious soul wisdom shall not enter, nor dwell in the body that is subject unto sin. . . God's power is the beginning of righteousness; and because He is the Lord of all, He is gracious unto all. Thou, O God, mastering Thy power, judgest with equity and orderest all with great favor; for Thou mayest use power when Thou wilt. But by such works hast Thou taught Thy people that the just man should be merciful, and hast made Thy children to be of good hope that Thou for repentance forgivest sins. To know Thee is perfect righteousness; yea, to know Thee is the root of immortality.

FROM THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON.

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'HY righteousness we can discern,

Thy holy Law proclaim and learn; Is not Thy presence near alway, To them who penitently pray? Thy holiness forever they proclaim. The Lord of Hosts, thrice holy is His name.

XXVI From mature to Nature's God.

Thus saith the Lord, the heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool : where is the house that ye can build unto me ?—Isaiah lxvi. 1.

Who hath measured the waters as in the hollow of his hand and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance ?—Isaiah xl. 12.

JT is a characteristic of the poetry of the Hebrews,

that, as a reflex of monotheism, it always embraces the universe in its unity, comprising both terrestrial life and the luminous realms of space. It dwells but rarely on the individuality of phenomena, preferring the contemplation of great masses. The Hebrew poet does not depict nature as a self-dependent object, glorious in its individual beauty, but always in relation and subjection to a higher spiritual power. Hebrew poetry is grand and solemn, but when it treats on the earthly condition of mankind it is full of sad and pensive longing It never loses the restraint of measure, as does the poetry of India. Devoted to the pure contemplation of the Divinity, it remains clear and selfpossessed in the midst of the most figurative forms of expression.

ALEXANDER V. HUMBOLDT.

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XXVII. the Alnity of God.

Hear O Israel, the Lord, our God, the Lord is One. THAT HAT in this sentence is enclosed the kernel of our

teachings concerning God, all those know and feel who rise in the morning for their daily work and commend their spirits into God's hand every evening with that watchword on their lips. Its verbal enclosure also is worthy of our attention as an expression of our love to God, as a source of piety and a refuge in the day of trouble. Thus we say our God! God is the creator of man, but in a sense, man is the creator of his God. True, His being is independent of our knowledge and recognition ; yet He exists for our soul only in so far as we know Him. True, He is a loving Father even to those who never know Him or who deny Him ; just as a mother tends her babe, long before it can reward her love with the faintest smile of recognition. But for man's consciousness God is not, before his heart has felt His presence, before he can say with those who have seen the father : He is our God and He alone, for He is One and no other. and not until this joyful and exultant call rings out from the heart of mankind, will the Kingdom of Heaven be established on earth,

SAMUEL HOLDHEIM. T fortifies my soul to know

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That howso’er I stray and range,
Whate'er I do, Thou dost not change.
I steadier step, when I recall
That, when I slip, Thou dost not fall.

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XXVIII.

Che Joy of God.

Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God, my exceeding joy.Psalm xliii. 4.

The joy of God is your gth.--Nehemiah

viii. 10.

ALL

'LL these—the love of truth and beauty, of justice

and right, of men-are but parts of the great integral piety, the love of God, the Author of truth, of justice and of love. The normal delight in God's world, the animal joy in material things, the intellectual in truth and beauty, the moral in justice and right, the affectional delight in the persons of men, the satisfaction of labor, of hand or head—all these are a part of our large delight in God; for religion is not one thing, and life another, but the two are one. The normal and conscious worship of the Infinite God will enlarge every faculty, enhancing its quantity and quality of delight.

I love the Infinite God as the ideal of all perfection. With this there vanishes away all fear of ultimate evil for anything that is. . . As nocturnal darkness, or the

gray mist of horror, is chased away before the rising sun, so dread and horror flee off before the footsteps of love. A sense of complete and absolute trust in God comes in, gives repose and peace, filling you with tranquility and dear delight in God.

THEODORE PARKER.

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