Mental and Moral Excellence and How to attain it. Memorials of J. Hessel. By Joshua Priestley. Fourth edition

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Hamilton Adams & Company, 1861 - 253 pages
 

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Page 34 - O Lady! we receive but what we give, And in our life alone does nature live: Ours is her wedding-garment, ours her shroud! And would we aught behold, of higher worth, Than that inanimate cold world allowed To the poor loveless ever-anxious crowd, Ah! from the soul itself must issue forth A light, a glory, a fair luminous cloud Enveloping the Earth — And from the soul itself must there be sent A sweet and potent voice, of its own birth, Of all sweet sounds the life and element!
Page 62 - 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 161 - Tis Nature's law That none, the meanest of created things, Of forms created the most vile and brute, The dullest or most noxious, should exist Divorced from good — a spirit and pulse of good, A life and soul, to every mode of being Inseparably linked.
Page 113 - And thou an angel's happiness shall know; Shalt bless the earth while in the world above ; The good begun by thee shall onward flow In many a branching stream, and wider grow; The seed that, in these few and fleeting hours, Thy hands unsparing and unwearied sow, Shall deck thy grave with amaranthine flowers, And yield thee fruits...
Page 231 - So fades a summer cloud away; So sinks the gale when storms are o'er; So gently shuts the eye of day; So dies a wave along the shore.
Page 26 - I love (and have some cause to love) the earth ; She is my Maker's creature, therefore good : She is my mother, for she gave me birth ; She is my tender nurse ; she...
Page 194 - We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; In feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives Who thinks most — feels the noblest — acts the best.
Page 227 - Surely goodness and mercy have followed me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Page 26 - In having all things, and not Thee, what have I ? Not having Thee, what have my labours got ? Let me enjoy but Thee, what further crave I ? And having Thee alone, what have I not ? I wish nor sea nor land ; nor would I be Possessed of Heaven, heaven unpossess'd of Thee.
Page 166 - No good of worth sublime will Heaven permit To light on man as from the passing air ; The lamp of genius, though by nature lit, If not protected, pruned, and fed with care, Soon dies, or runs to waste with fitful glare...

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