Theodore Parker born 1810.
Give me, Lord, eyes to behold
A seeing sense that knows the eternal right;
A heart with pity filled, and gentlest ruth;
A manly faith that makes all darkness light:
Give me the power to labor for mankind;
Make me the mouth of such as cannot speak;
Eyes let me be to groping men and blind.
Love’s hearts are faithful,
but not fond,
Bound for the just, but not beyond;
Not glad, as the low-loving herd,
Of self in other still preferred,
But they have heartily designed
The benefit of broad mankind.
And they serve men austerely,
After their own genius, clearly,
Without a false humility.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Herein I also exercise myself
to have a conscience void of offense
toward God and men always.
—Acts 24. 16.
Heavenly Father, help me to-day to look into my heart and see the truth of my life, and show me thy heart that I may see the truth of life. Amen.
Thomas Chatterton died 1770.
Sir William Herschel died 1822.
Francis Bret Harte died 1902.
O teach me in the trying hour,
When anguish swells the dewy tear,
To still my sorrows, own thy power,
Thy goodness love, thy justice fear.
Then why, my soul, dost thou
Why drooping seek the dark recess?
Shake off the melancholy chain,
For God created all to bless.
Each substance of a grief
hath twenty shadows
which show like grief itself, but are not so:
For sorrow’s eye, glazed with blinding tears,
Divides one thing entire to many shadows.
Why art thou cast down, O
And why art thou disquieted within me?
Hope thou in God.
—Psalm 42. 5.
Loving Father, forbid that I should be lonesome, and forget thou art my friend: and may I not pass over thy mercies while waiting for thy compassion. Help me to find contentment in the inheritances of the earth, where I may always draw from thee. Amen.
Sir Robert Walpole born 1676.
Adam Clarke died 1832.
Henry Fawcett born 1833.
Lord, for to-morrow and its
I do not pray;
Keep me, my God, from stain of sin
Just for to-day.
Help me to labor earnestly,
And duly pray;
Let me be kind in word and deed,