The Lord's Prayer: A Vision of To-day, a Series of Essays

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"Now" Company, 1914 - 223 pages
 

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Page 223 - There shall never be one lost good! What was, shall live as before; The evil is null, is naught, is silence implying sound; What was good, shall be good, with, for evil, so much good more; On the earth the broken arcs; in the heaven, a perfect round.
Page 22 - Why should I wish to see God better than this day ? I see something of God each hour of the twenty-four, and each moment then, In the faces of men and women I see God, and in my own face in the glass...
Page viii - More things are wrought by prayer Than this world dreams of. Wherefore let thy voice Rise like a fountain for me night and day. For what are men better than sheep or goats That nourish a blind life within the brain, If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer Both for themselves and those who call them friend? For so the whole round earth is every way Bound by gold chains about the feet of God.
Page 220 - For this is Love's nobility, — Not to scatter bread and gold, Goods and raiment bought and sold ; But to hold fast his simple sense, And speak the speech of innocence, And with hand and body and blood, To make his bosom-counsel good. He that feeds men serveth few ; He serves all who dares be true.
Page 50 - Yet, in the maddening maze of things, And tossed by storm and flood, To one fixed trust my spirit clings; I know that God is good!
Page 220 - As soon as the man is at one with God, he will not beg. He will then see prayer in all action. The prayer of the farmer kneeling in his field to weed it, the prayer of the rower kneeling with the stroke of his oar are true prayers heard throughout nature, though for cheap ends. Caratach, in Fletcher's Bonduca, when admonished to inquire the mind of the god Audate, replies— His hidden meaning lies in our endeavors; Our valors are our best gods.
Page 64 - Not as I will " : the sound grows sweet Each time my lips the words repeat. " Not as I will " : the darkness feels More safe than light when this thought steals Like whispered voice to calm and bless All unrest and all loneliness.
Page xi - Whate'er is good to wish, ask that of Heaven, Though it be what thou canst not hope to see : Pray to be perfect, though material leaven Forbid the Spirit so on earth to be; But if for any wish thou darest not pray, Then pray to God to cast that wish away.
Page 221 - What is left for us, save, in growth Of soul, to rise up, far past both, From the gift looking to the giver, And from the cistern to the river, And from the finite to infinity, And from man's dust to God's divinity ? XVII.
Page 88 - The partridge beats his throbbing drum. The squirrel leaps among the boughs, And chatters in his leafy house; The oriole flashes by; and, look! Into the mirror of the brook, Where the vain bluebird trims his coat, Two tiny feathers fall and float.

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