August 1

SO here hath been dawning
Another blue day:
Think wilt thou let it
Slip useless away?

Out of eternity
This new day is born;
Into eternity
At night will return.
Thomas Carlyle

THERE would seem to be an incurable variance between the life which men covet for themselves and that which they admire in others; nay, between the lot which they would choose beforehand, and that in which they glory afterwards. In prospect, nothing appears so attractive as ease and licensed comfort; in retrospect, nothing so delightful as toil and strenuous service. Half the actions of mankind are for the diminution of labour; yet labour is the thing they most universally respect.
James Martineau

EVERY day in this world has its work; and every day as it rises out of eternity keeps putting to each of us the question afresh, What will you do before to-day has sunk into eternity and nothingness again?
Frederick W. Robertson


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