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A seed not lost; for which, in darker years, 241. BIBLE, My Mother's.
Tears will unbidden start,
With faltering lip and throbbing brow Felicia Dorothea Hemans.
I press it to my heart. 239. BIBLE, Fulness of the.
For many generations past
Here is our family tree; There is a lamp whose steady light
My mother's hands this Bible clasped, Guides the poor traveller in the night :
She, dying, gave it me. 'Tis God's own word! Its beaming ray Can turn a midnight into day.
Ah! well do I remember those
Whose names these records bear : There is a storehouse of rich fare,
Who round the hearthstone used to close, Supplied with plenty and to spare:
After the evening prayer, 'Tis God's own word! It spreads a feast And speak of what these pages said For every hungering, thirsting guest.
In tones my heart would thrill !
Though they are with the silent dead, There is a chart whose tracings show
Here are they living still ! The onward course when tempests blow:'Tis God's own word! There, there is found
My father read this holy book Direction for the homeward bound.
To brothers, sisters, dear;
How calm was my poor mother's look, There is a tree whose leaves impart
Who loved God's word to hear! Health to the burdened, contrite heart:
Her angel face,-I see it yet! 'Tis God's own word! It cures of sin,
What thronging memories come!
Within the halls of home!
Thou truest friend man ever knew,
Thy constancy I've tried; These healing leaves, this heavenly tree.
When all were false, I found thee true, H. J. Betts.
My counsellor and guide.
The mines of earth no treasures give 240. BIBLE, Inspiration of the.
That could this volume buy ; Whence, but from Heaven, could men un
In teaching me the way to live, skill'd in arts,
It taught me how to die! In several ages born, in several parts,
George P. Morris. Weave such agreeing truths ? or how, or why,
242. BIBLE, Perversion of the. Should all conspire to cheat us with a lie? Unask'd their pains, ungrateful their advice, Many believed; but more the truth of God Starving their gain, and martyrdom their Turned to a lie, deceiving and deceived ;price.
Each, with the accursed sorcery of sin,
To his own wish and vile propensity If on the book itself we cast our view, Transforming still the meaning of the text. Concurrent heathens prove the story true: Hear, while I briefly tell what mortals The doctrine, miracles; which must convince, proved, For Heaven in them appeals to human sense: By effort vast of ingenuity, [ble;And though they prove not they confirm the Most wondrous, though perverse and damnacause,
[laws. Proved from the Bible, which, as thou hast When what is taught agrees with nature's
So plainly spoke that all could understand. Therefore the style, majestic and divine, First, and not least in number, argued some It speaks no less than God in every line: From out this book itself, it was a lie, Commanding words; whose force is still the A fable framed by crafty men to cheat
The simple herd, and make them bow the knee As the first fiat that produc'd our frame To kings and priests. These in their wisdom All faiths beside, or did by arms ascend;
left Or sense indulg'd has made mankind their The light revealed, and turned to fancies wild, friend :
Maintaining loud, that ruined, helpless man, This only doctrine does our lusts oppose : Needed no saviour. Others proved that men Unfed by nature's soil, in which it grows; Might live and die in sin, and yet be saved, Cross to our interests, curbing sense and sin; For so it was decreed; binding the will, Oppress'd without, and undermin'd within, By God left free, to unconditional, It thrives through pain; its own tormentors Unreasonable fate. Others believed tires,
That he who was most criminal, debased, And with a stubborn patience still aspires. Condemned and dead, unaided might ascend
The heights of virtue; to a perfect law
Giving a lame, half-way obedience, which Thus taught, down falls the plumage of By useless effort only served to show
his pride, The impotence of him who vainly strove He feels the need of an unerring guide, With finita arm to measure infinite;
And knows that, falling, he shall rise no Most useless effort! when to justify
more, In sight of God it meant, as proof of faith Unless the power that bade him stand, restore. Most acceptable, and worthy of all praise. This is indeed philosophy: this known, Another hold, and from the Bible held, Makes wisdom worthy of the name, his own ; He was infalliblo-most fallen by such And, without this, whatever he discuss, Pretence-that none the Scriptures, open Whether the space betwixt the stars and us; to all,
Whether he measure earth, compute the sca, And most to humble-hearted, ought to read, Weigh sunbeams, carve a fly, or spit a flea, But priests; that all who ventured to dis- The solemn trifler, with his boasted skill, claim
Toils much, and is a solemn trifler still; His forged authority, incurred the wrath Blind was he born, and his misguided eyes Of Heaven; and he who, in the blood of such, Grown dim in trifling studies, blind he dies. Though father, mother, daughter, wife, or
Wm. Couper. Imbrued his hands, did most religious work,
244. BIBLE, Reading the.
The mystery of mysteries ;
To whom their God has given grace, Days, numbers, places, vestments, words, and
To read, to fear, to hope, to pray, names
To lift the latch, to force the way; Absurdly in their hearts imagining,
And better had they ne'er been born That God, like men, was pleased with out
That read to doubt, or read to scorn. ward show.
Sir Walter Scott. Another, stranger and more wicked still,
245. BIBLE, Rejecting the. With dark and dolorous labor, ill applied, With many a gripe of conscience, and with And can then true philosophy reject most
As false, a book which the same sterling truths Unhealthy and abortive reasoning,
As reason, following closely, brings to light, That brought his sanity to serious doubt,
Maintains with such corroborations ? Seal'd 'Mong wise and honest men, maintained that With the broad signet of the Eternal One Не,
Stamp'd upon all its pages? Is it true
Will scorn a book that purports to entail Was nought but man—of earthly origin;
Eternal bliss or everlasting woe Thus making void the sacrifice Divine,
On its acceptance or rejection ? Oh! And leaving guilty men, God's holy law
I could almost respond the prophet's words, Still unatoned, to work them endless death.
Would that my head were waters, and my eyes These are a part; but to relate thee all
Fountains of tears, that I might weep The monstrous, unbaptized phantasies,
Nightly and daily through life's passing Imaginations fearfully absurd,
years Hobgoblin rites, and moon-struck reveries,
For human blindness and for human sin.
T. Ragg. Distracted creeds, and visionary dreams, More bodiless and hideously misshapen 246. BIBLE, Responsibility for the. Than ever fancy, at the noon of night,
The Book of God! And is there then a Playing at will, framed in the madman's
Which on its front that awful title bears ? That from this book of simple truth were
Who hold it, what high duty must be Were proved, as foolish men were wont to
theirs, prove, Would bring my word in doubt, and thy be- To read, mark, learn, digest ! But in this nook
And what high privilege, therein to look, licf
Of earth pent up, and blinded by earth's Stagger, though here I sit and sing, within
cares, The pale of truth, where falschood never
Its hopes and joys, if man the treasure dares
To scom, such scorn shall the great Author 243. BIBLE, Philosophy of the.
brook! The lamp of revelation only shows
How longed the holy men and prophets old What human wisdom cannot but oppose, God's truth to see! How blest, whom He That man, in nature's richest mantle clad
hath willed And graced with all philosophy can add, To see His truth in His own book enrolled ! Though fair without, and luminous within, Pure is the Book of God, with sweetness Is still the progeny and heir of sin.
More pure than massive, unadulterate gold, Most wondrous book! bright candle of the More sweet than honey from the rock dis- Star of eternity! the only star [Lord : tilled.
Bp, Mant. By which the bark of man could navigate
The sea of life, and gain the coast of bliss 247, BIBLE, Search the.
Securely; only star which rose on Time, Yes, 'tis a mine of precious jewelry,
And, on its dark and troubled billows, still, The Book of God; a well of streams divine! As generation, drifting swiftly by, But who would wish the riches of that Succeeded generation, threw a ray. mine
own light, and to the hills of God, To make his own; his thirst to satisfy (ply; The everlasting hills, pointed the sinner's eye: From that pure well; must ear, eye, soul, ap- By prophets, seers, and priests, and sacred On precept precept scan, and line on line;
bards, Search, ponder, sift, compare, divide, com- Evangelists, apostles, men inspired, bine,
And by the Holy Ghost anointed, set For truths that oft beneath the surface lie.
Apart and consecrated to declare Yes; there are things which he who runs To earth the counsels of the Eternal One, may read,
(part, This book, this holiest, this sublimest book, Nor few there are, which yield a harder was sent. —Heaven's will, Heaven's code of To mark, discern, and know. With cautious
(chart; To man, this book contained ; defined the 'Tis God's command, survey thy safety's. Of vice and virtue, and of life and death ; Lest arduous things, distorted, death-ward. And what was shadow, what was substance lead
taught. The mind unlearned, and the unstable heart. Much it revealed; important all; the least
Worth more than what else seemed of highest 248. BIBLE, Similes of the.
worth: Thy word is like a garden, Lord, But this of plainest, most essential truthWith flowers bright and fair ;
That God is one, eternal, holy, just, And every one who seeks, may pluck Omnipotent, omniscient, infinite ; [true; A lovely nosegay there.
Most wise, most good, most merciful and
In all perfection most unchangeable: Thy word is like a deep, deep mine, That man—that every man of every clime And jewels rich and rare
And hue, of every age, and every rank, Are hidden in its mighty depths, Was bad—by nature and by practice bad; For every searcher there.
In understanding blind, in will perverse,
In heart corrupt; in every thought and word, Thy word is like the starry host;
Imagination, passion, and desire,
Most utterly depraved throughout, and ill, Are seen, to guide the traveller
In sight of Heaven, though less in sight of And make his pathway bright.
man; Thy word is like a glorious choir
At enmity with God his maker born,
And by his very life an heir of death ;
That man—that every man was, farther, most It is one song they sing.
Unable to redeem himself, or pay
One mite of his vast debt to God-nay, more, Thy word is like an armory,
Was most reluctant and averse to be
Redeemed, and sin's most voluntary slave :
In Bethlehem, and by Pilate crucified
On Calvary for man thus fallen and lost, O, may I love Thy precious word, Died; and, by death, life and salvation May I explore the mine;
bought May I its fragrant flowers glean,
And perfect righteousness, for all who should May light upon me shine !
In His great name believe; that He, the third O, may I find my armor there ;
In the eternal Essence, to the prayer [asked,
Sincere should come, should come as soon as Thy word my trusty sword, I'll learn to fight with every foe
Proceeding from the Father and the Son, The battle of the Lord !
To give faith and repentance, such as God Edwin Hodder.
Accepts—to open the intellectual eyes,
Blinded by sin; to bend the stubborn will, 249. BIBLE, Teachings of the.
Perversely to the side of wrong inclined, The Author God himself; To God and His commandments, just and The subject, God and man; Salvation, life And death—eternal life, eternal death- The wild rebellious passions to subdue, Dread words ! whose meaning has no end, no And bring them back to harmony with bounds
To purify the conscience, and to lead And the lady smiled on the worn old man The mind into all truth, and to adorn
through the dark and clustering curls With every holy ornament of grace,
Which veiled her brow as she bent to view And sanctify the whole renewed soul,
his silks and glittering pearls; Which henceforth might no more fall totally And she placed their price in the old man's But persevere, though erring oft, amidst
hand, and lightly turned away, The mists of time, in piety to God,
But she paused at the wanderer's call, —“My And sacred works of charity to men : [thus, gentle lady, stay!" That he, who thus believed, and practised Should have his sins forgiven, however vile; “O lady fair, I have yet a gem which a Should be sustained at mid-day, morn, and
purer lustre flings, By God's omnipotent, eternal grace [even,
Than the diamond flash of the jewelled And in the evil hour of sore disease,
crown on the lofty brow of kings,Temptation, persecution, war, and death- A wonderful pearl of exceeding price, whose For temporal death, although unstinged, re
virtues shall not decay, mained
Whose light shall be as a spell to thee and a Beneath the shadow of the Almighty's wings
blessing on thy way!” Should sit unhurt, and at the judgment-day The lady glanced at the mirroring steel where Should share the resurrection of the just,
her form of grace was seen, And reign with Christ in bliss for evermore:
Where her eyes shone clear and her dark locks That all, however named, however great, Who would not thus believe, nor practise thus,
waved their clasping pearls betwcen;
“Bring forth thy pearl of exceeding worth, But in their sins impenitent remained,
thou traveller gray and old, Should in perpetual fear and terror live;
And name the price of thy precious gem, and Should die unpardoned, unredeemed, unsaved, And at the hour of doom should be cast out
my page shall count thy gold.” To utter darkness in the night of hell, The cloud went off from the pilgrim's brow, By mercy and by God abandoned, there
as a small and meagre book, To reap the harvests of eternal woe. [phrase, Unchased with gold or gem of cost, from his This did that book declare in obvious
folding robe he took ! In most sincere and honest words by God “Here, lady fair, is the pearl of price, may it Himself selected and arranged; so clear,
prove as such to thee! So plain, so perfectly distinct, that none Nay-keep thy gold—I ask it not, for the Who read with humble wish to understand,
word of God is free !" And asked the Spirit, given to all who asked, Could miss their meaning, blazed in heavenly The hoary traveller went his way, but the gift light,
he left behind This book —this holy book, on every line Hath had its pure and perfect work on the Marked with the seal of high divinity,
high-born maiden's mind. On every leaf bedewed with drops of love And she hath turned from the pride of sin to Divine, and with the eternal heraldry
the lowliness of truth, And signature of God Almighty stampt And given her human heart to God in its From first to last—this ray of sacred light,
beautiful hour of youth ! This lamp, from off the everlasting throne, Mercy took down, and, in the night of time, And she hath left the gray old halls, where Stood, casting on the dark her gracious bow; The courtly knights of her father's train, and
an evil faith had power, And evermore beseeching men, with tears And earnest sighs, to read, believe, and live: And she hath gone to the Vaudois vales, by
the maidens of her bower; And many to her voice gave ear, and read, Believed, obeyed; and now, as the Amen,
lordly feet untrod, True, Faithful Witness swore, with snowy
Where the poor and needy of earth are rich robes
John G. Whittier.
The bigot theologian—in minute
Distinctions skilled, and doctrines unreduced 250. BIBLE, Value of the.
To practice; in debate how loud I how long !
How dexterous ! in Christian love, how cold ! “O lady fair, these silks of mine are beauti- His vain conceits were orthodox alone. ful and rare,
The immutable and heavenly truth, revealed The richest web of the Indian loom, which By God, was nought to him: he had an art, beauty's queen might wear;
A kind of hellish charm, that made the lips And my pearls are pure as thy own fair neck, of truth speak falsehood; to his liking with whose radiant light they vie;
turned I have brought them with me a weary way,- The meaning of the text; made trifles seem will my gentle lady buy?"
The marrow of salvation; to a word,
A name, a sect, that sounded in the ear, 254, BIRTHDAY, for a Consecration.
Away with my fears !
The glad morning appears Proved still his reasoning best, and his belief, When an heir of salvation was born. Though propped on fancies, wild as mad
From Jehovah I came, men's dreams,
For His glory I am,
And to Him I with singing return.
All honor and praise
To the Father of grace, And never understood in heaven, he placed To the Spirit and Son I return; His everlasting hope, undoubting placed,
The business pursue And died: and when he opened his ear, pre
He hath made me to do,
And rejoice that I ever was born.
My remnant of days
I spend in His praise, found
Who died the whole world to redeem : At last, his own most false—most false, be
Be they many or few,
My days are His due,
Charles Wesley. 232. BIGOTRY, Infallible.
255. BIRTHDAY, Noting a. He was of that stubborn crew Why should we count our life by ycars, Of errant saints, whom all men grant
Since years are short, and pass away! To be the true church militant;
Or, why by fortune's smiles or tears, Such as do build their faith upon
Since tears are vain and smiles decay! The holy text of pike and gun;
01 count by virtues—these shall last Decide all controversies by
When life's lame-footed race is o'er; Infallible artillery,
And these, when earthly joys are past, And prove their doctrine orthodox
May cheer us on a brighter shore. By apostolic blows and knocks;
Sarah J. Hale. Call fire, and sword, and desolation
256. BIRTHDAY, Thought for de A godly, thorough Reformation,
It is my natal day!
Another year Which always must be carried on
Is registered against me in the account And still be doing, never done;
Of time to me entrusted, and the amount As if religion were intended
Of that rich talent for my trial here For nothing else but to be mended.
By one more year diminished. As more near A sect whose chief devotion lies
My reckoning draws, does evil's inborn In odd perverse antipathies;
fount In falling out with that or this,
Within me more subside, and, paramount And finding somewhat still amiss ;
To the world's love, the love of God sincere More peevish, cross, and splenetic, Reign arbiter -Oh, may each year, each day, Than dog distract, or monkey sick;
By Him vouchsafed, to Him its tribute That with more care keep holiday
pour, The wrong, than others the right way; And His free love with answering love repay: Compound for sins they are inclined to,
Worthless, alas! Yet such as may for By damning those they have no mind to;
store Still so perverse and opposite,
Of blessings given meet gratitude display, As if they worshipped God for spite; Till the night come, and I can work no The self-same thing they will abhor
Bp. Mant. One way, and long another for.
257. BIRTH OF OHRIST, Benefits of the.
When Jordan hushed his waters still, 253. BIGOTRY, Sin of.
And silence slept on Zion's hill; love-destroying, cursèd Bigotry;
When Salem's shepherds through the night Cursèd in heaven but cursèd more in hell!
Watched o'er their flocks by starry light,The infidel who turned his impious war Hark! from the midnight hills around, Against the walls of Zion, on the Rock
A voice, of more than mortal sound, Of Ages built, and higher than the clouds, In distant hallelujahs stole, Sinned and received his due reward; but she Wild murmuring o'er the raptured soul. Within her walls sinncd more; of Ignorance Begot, her daughter, Persecution, walked Then swift to every startled eye, The earth from age to age, and drank the New streams of glory gild the sky; Of saints.
[blood Heaven bursts her azure gates, to pour Robert Pollok. Her spirits to the midnight hour.