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THE LABOURER'S NOON-DAY HYMN.
If true unto thyself thou wast,
What were the proud one's scorn to thee?
The light leaf from the tree.
For ever, till thus checked;
Thou art thyself thine enemy!
The great!-what better they than thou?
True, wealth thou hast not-'tis but dust!
Of both-a noble mind.
With this, and passions under ban,
True faith, and holy trust in God,
XXXIV. THE LABOURER'S NOON-DAY HYMN.
"No man can complain that his calling takes him off from his religion; his calling itself, and his very worldly employment in honest trades and offices, is a serving of God; and, if it be moderately pursued and according to the rules of Christian prudence, will leave void spaces enough for prayers and retirements of a more spiritual religion."Jeremy Taylor.
Light, v. 3, 1. 1.
Toil, v. 3, 1. 2.
Ur to the throne of God is borne
Nor will he turn his ear aside
What though our burden be not light,
Blest are the moments, doubly blest,
Why should we crave a hallowed spot?
Look up to heaven! th' industrious sun
Lord! since his rising in the east,
Help with thy grace through life's short day,
1. What does reposing agree with or qualify?
2. Why living?
3. Fill up the ellipsis in this line? 4. What is the object of the verh guide?
ALL HAVE GOT THEIR WORK TO DO.
XXXV. ALL HAVE GOT THEIR WORK TO DO.
"THE productive classes of the world are those who bless it by their work or their thought. He who invents a machine does no less a service than he who toils all day with his hands. Thus the inventors of the plough, the loom, and the ship, were deservedly placed among those whom society was to honour. But they also, who teach men moral and religious truth; who give them dominion over the world; instruct them to think, to live together in peace, to love one another, and pass good lives enlightened by wisdom, charmed by goodness, and enchanted by religion; they who build up a loftier population, making man more manly, are the greatest benefactors of the world. They speak to the deepest wants of the soul, and give men the water of life and the true bread from heaven. They are loaded with contumely in their life, and come to a violent end. But their influence passes like morning from land to land, and village and city grow glad in their light. That is a poor economy, common as it is, which overlooks these men. It is a very vulgar mind, that would rather Paul had continued a tent-maker, and Jesus a carpenter."-Theodore Parker.
WHY these murmurs and repinings,
Oftentimes it is a sin,
We should a reform begin;
Though we see, on looking round us,
Is a spark of life divine;
Life is but a scene of labour,
Every one's his task assigned,
Man's condition to improve,
In a bond of mutual love.
XXXVI. THE DREAM OF THE FUTURE.
"THE idea once conceived and verified, that great and noble ends are to be achieved, by which the condition of the whole human species shall be permanently bettered, by bringing into exercise a sufficient quantity of sober thoughts, and by a proper adaptation of means, is of itself sufficient to set us earnestly on reflecting what ends are truly great and noble, either in themselves, or as conducive to others of a still loftier character; because we are not now, as heretofore, hopeless of attaining them. It is not now equally harmless and insignificant, whether we are right or wrong; since we are no longer supinely and helplessly carried down the stream of events, but feel ourselves capable of buffetting at least with its waves, and, perhaps, of riding triumphantly over them: for why should we despair, that the reason which has enabled us to subdue all nature to our purposes, should (if permitted and assisted by the providence of God) achieve a far more difficult conquest; and ultimately find some means of enabling the collective wisdom of mankind to bear down those obstacles which individual short-sightedness, selfishness, and passion, opposed to all improvements, and by which the highest hopes are continually blighted, and the fairest prospects marred."Sir John Herschel.
OH! 'tis a pleasant dream (if dream it be)
AROUSE THEE, SOUL.
XXXVII. PROGRESS THE LAW OF NATURE.
"THERE is nothing so revolutionary, because there is nothing so unnatural and so convulsive to society, as the strain to keep things fixed, when all the world is by the very law of its creation in eternal progress; and the causes of all the evils of the world may be traced to that natural but most deadly error of human indolence and corruption, that our business is to preserve and not to improve. It is the ruin of us all alike, individuals, schools, and nations.' Arnold.
I, To herd with narrow foreheads, vacant of our glorious gains,
Not in vain the distance beacons.
Forward, forward let us
Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change.
Thro' the shadow of the globe we sweep into the younger day: Better fifty years of Europe than a cycle of Cathay. TENNYSON.
XXXVIII. AROUSE THEE, SOUL!
"EVERY man has at times in his mind the ideal of what he should be, but is not. This ideal may be high and complete, or it may be quite low and insufficient; yet in all men that really seek to improve, it is better than the actual character. Perhaps no one is satisfied with himself, so that he never wishes to be wiser, better, and more holy. Man never falls so low that he can see nothing higher than himself. This ideal man which we project, as it were, out of ourselves, and seek to make real; this Wisdom, Goodness, and Holiness, which we aim to transfer from our thoughts to our life, has an action, more or less powerful, on each man, rendering him dissatisfied with present attainments, and restless, unless he is becoming better. With some men it takes the rose out of the cheek, and forces them to wander a long pilgrimage of temptations before they reach the delectable mountains of Tranquillity, and find 'Rest for the Soul,' under the Tree of Life." -Theodore Parker.
AROUSE thee, Soul!
God made not thee to sleep
Thy hour of earth in doing nought-away;
He gave thee power to keep.
O! use it for His glory, while you may.