A RACE of nobles may die out,
A royal line may leave no heir;
Wise Nature sets no guards about
Her pewter plate and wooden ware.
But they fail not, the kinglier breed,
Who starry diadems attain;
To dungeon, axe, and stake succeed—
Heirs of the old heroic strain.
James Russell Lowell
THERE is many a Christian bereaved and stricken in the best hopes of life. For such a one to say quietly, “Father, not as I will but as Thou wilt,” is to be a martyr. There is many a Christian who feels the irksomeness of the duties of life, and feels his spirit revolting from them. To get up every morning with the firm resolve to find pleasure in those duties, and do them well, and finish the work which God has given us to do, that is to drink Christ’s cup. The humblest occupation has in it materials of discipline for the highest heaven.
Frederick W. Robertson
IT is easier far, as a rule, to die morally, nay, even physically, for others, than to learn how best we should live for them.
MEN, whether lay or clerical, suffer better the flame of the stake than a daily inconvenience or a pointed sneer, and will not readily be martyred without some external circumstance and a concourse looking on.
Robert Louis Stevenson