October 4

STERN Lawgiver! yet thou dost wear
The Godhead’s most benignant grace;
Nor know we anything so fair
As is the smile upon thy face:
Flowers laugh before thee on their beds
And fragrance in thy footing treads;
Thou dost preserve the Stars from wrong;
And the most ancient Heavens, through Thee, are
fresh and strong.
William Wordsworth


WHOSOEVER has received of Heaven the suggestion of some practicable deed of goodness or sacrifice of mercy bears a burthen which will be asked at his hands when he knocks at the everlasting gate. It is the holy trust committed to him; and how is he straitened till it be accomplished!
James Martineau


THAT which is called considering what is our duty in a particular case is very often nothing but endeavouring to explain it away.
Bishop Butler


GOD never imposes a duty without giving the time to do it.
John Ruskin

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