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.
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!
THAT which is called considering what is our duty in a particular case is very often nothing but endeavouring to explain it away.
GOD never imposes a duty without giving the time to do it.