STERN daughter of the Voice of God!
O Duty! if that name thou love
Who art a light to guide, a rod
To check the erring, and reprove;
Thou, who art victory and law
When empty terrors overawe;
From vain temptations dost set free;
And calm’st the weary strife of frail humanity!
NO duties need to jostle one another, I mean constantly. Especial occasions must be determined according to especial circumstances. But if in anything we take more upon us than we have time well to perform it in, without robbing God of that which is due to Him and our own souls, this God calls not unto, this He blesseth us not in.
OUR true opportunities come but once; they are sufficient but not redundant; we have time enough for the longest duty, but not for the shortest sin.
WHAT is your duty? The claims of the day.
Johann W. von Goethe