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THOU, the primal fount of life and peace,

Who shedd'st Thy breathing quiet all around,
In me command that pain and conflict cease,
And turn to music every jarring sound.
So, firm in steadfast hope, in thought secure,
In full accord to all Thy world of joy,
May I be nerved to labors high and pure,
And Thou, Thy child, to do Thy work employ.

XXIX.

the Spirit of Bod.

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. Isaiah

Ixi. 1.

WHAT need is there for us to attempt an exact defi

nition of what this spirit of God and what its relation to the Deity is, and by what door, and in what manner it descends upon man? The signs of its presence cannot be mistaken; signs, not of time, but of eternity; the same yesterday, to-day and to-morrow. Go and bring good tidings to the humble and the lowly; go and bind up the broken hearted; go and proclaim liberty to captives; captives in the fetters of sin, in the chains of superstition, in the bonds of worldliness; go, if thou hast the power to do so, open the door of their prison and let the slave go forth in the power and dignity of his manhood; and then you shall know that ness."

the spirit of God is upon you. If you can do this, there will enter into your heart a feeling of joy, of peace, and of hope, such as no other spiritual experience brings; and if you are amongst those “who mourn for Zion," it will give you “beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heavi

But that sacred spirit is grieved away the moment it is touched by pride, and when you imagine you can exorcise it by formulas, and retain it by dogmatic cords. The throne of grace is either accessible to all human hearts, or to none, and the spirit of God comes in answer to all yearning prayers, or it is deaf to all alike. Brethren, it is altogether in your hands to find out where the truth lies.

G. G. THOU, whose power o'er moving worlds presides,

Whose voice created and whose wisdom guides ; 'Tis Thine alone to calm the yearning breast, With silent confidence and holy rest.

XXX.

the God of all Souls.

Thou hast been our refuge in all generations, before the mountains were brought forth, or ere Thou hadst formed the earth and the world-yea, from eternity to eternity Thou art God.—Psalm xc, 1-2.

BOI
OD is eternity-God is truth—God is holiness, He has

nothing; he is all; the whole heart conceives Him, but no thought; and we are only His thought, when He is ours. All that is infinite and incomprehensible in man is His reflection; but beyond this let not the awestricken thought go. Creation hangs as a veil, woven out of suns and spirits over the infinite; and the eternities pass by before the veil, and cannot draw it away from the splendor which it hides.

JEAN PAUL F. Richter.

Every soul that maketh choice of justice, shall attain unto God. From the moment that heard: “I have breathed into man a portion of my spirit,” I was assured that we were His and He ours. Human knowledge and thought can only spell the first letter of the alphabet of God's love.

PERSIAN.

Thou, the cool shade at the door of weariness !

Even the wicked are panting for Thee.
A drop from the rain of Thy compassion
Cleanses me from all my blackness.
Do Thou accept me with Thy children,
O Thou, my God, and God of all !

Persian,

Man.

O Solemn thought!
Gods' image in my being wrought!
God's likeness in my frailty cast !
God's presence, for all space too vast,
Abiding in this little tent,
But for my earthly journey lent.

The place where the repentant sinner stands, can not be reached by him that never sinned. The Pharisees.

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