O ONLY source of all our light and life,
Whom as our truth, our strength, we see and feel,
But whom the hours of mortal moral strife,
Alone aright reveal.
Mine inmost soul before Thee inly brought,
Thy presence owns, ineffable, divine;
Chastised each rebel self-encentred thought,
My will adoreth thine.
Arthur H. Clough
ONE secret act of self-denial, one sacrifice of inclination to duty, is worth all the mere good thoughts, warm feelings, passionate prayers, in which idle people indulge themselves.
John Henry Newman
THE true affinities of sacrifice are with pleasure, with rapture even. It is only by evil or want within that sacrifice can be other than glad.