9repressed by the sentiments. No word is more mis- construed; no sentiment less understood. The divine significance of Love is distorted into human qualities,
12which in their human abandon become jealousy and hate.
Love is not something put upon a shelf, to be taken
15down on rare occasions with sugar-tongs and laid on a rose-leaf. I make strong demands on love, call for active witnesses to prove it, and noble sacrifices and grand
18achievements as its results. Unless these appear, I cast aside the word as a sham and counterfeit, having no ring of the true metal. Love cannot be a mere abstraction, or
21goodness without activity and power. As a human quality, the glorious significance of affection is more than words: it is the tender, unselfish deed done in secret; the silent,
24ceaseless prayer; the self-forgetful heart that overflows; the veiled form stealing on an errand of mercy, out of a side door; the little feet tripping along the sidewalk; the
27gentle hand opening the door that turns toward want and woe, sickness and sorrow, and thus lighting the dark places of earth.
ADDRESS ON THE FOURTH OF JULY AT PLEASANT VIEW,
CONCORD, N. H., BEFORE 2,500 MEMBERS OF THE
MOTHER CHURCH, 1897
My beloved brethren, who have come all the way from the Pacific to the Atlantic shore, from the Palmetto to the
6Pine Tree State, I greet you; my hand may not touch yours to-day, but my heart will with tenderness untalkable.
His Honor, Mayor Woodworth, has welcomed you to
9Concord most graciously, voicing the friendship of this city and of my native State — loyal to the heart's core to religion, home, friends, and country.
12To-day we commemorate not only our nation's civil and religious freedom, but a greater even, the liberty of the sons of God, the inalienable rights and radiant reality
15of Christianity, whereof our Master said: "The works that I do shall he do;" and, "The kingdom of God cometh not with observation" (with knowledge obtained from
18the senses), but "the kingdom of God is within you," — within the present possibilities of mankind.
Think of this inheritance! Heaven right here, where
21angels are as men, clothed more lightly, and men as angels who, burdened for an hour, spring into liberty, and the good they would do, that they do, and the evil they would