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15And remember, a pure faith in humanity will subject one to deception; the uses of good, to abuses from evil; and calm strength will enrage evil. But the very heavens

18shall laugh at them, and move majestically to your de- fense when the armies of earth press hard upon you. "Thou must be true thyself,

21If thou the truth wouldst teach; Thy soul must overflow, if thou Another's soul wouldst reach;

24It needs the overflow of heart, To give the lips full speech.

"Think truly, and thy thoughts

27Shall the world's famine feed; Speak truly, and each word of thine Shall be a fruitful seed;

30Live truly, and thy life shall be A great and noble creed."

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If people would confine their talk to subjects that are

3profitable, that which St. John informs us took place once in heaven, would happen very frequently on earth, — silence for the space of half an hour.

6Experience is victor, never the vanquished; and out of defeat comes the secret of victory. That to-morrow starts from to-day and is one day beyond it, robes the

9future with hope's rainbow hues.

In the battle of life, good is made more industrious and persistent because of the supposed activity of evil.

12The elbowing of the crowd plants our feet more firmly. In the mental collisions of mortals and the strain of in- tellectual wrestlings, moral tension is tested, and, if it

15yields not, grows stronger. The past admonishes us: with finger grim and cold it points to every mortal mistake; or smiling saith, "Thou hast been faithful over a few


Art thou a child, and hast added one furrow to the brow of care? Art thou a husband, and hast pierced

21the heart venturing its all of happiness to thy keeping? Art thou a wife, and hast bowed the o'erburdened head of thy husband? Hast thou a friend, and forgettest to be

24grateful? Remember, that for all this thou alone canst and must atone. Carelessly or remorselessly thou mayest have sent along the ocean of events a wave that will some

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