Gideon Welles born 1802.
George Frederick Watts died 1904.
There is no unbelief!
Whoever plants a seed beneath a sod,
And waits to see it push away the clod,
He trusts in God.
There is no unbelief!
And day by day, and night, unconsciously,
The heart lives by that faith the lips deny—
God knoweth why.
More and more I see that nothing is so necessary for the religious condition of the mind as absolute simplicity. We know what we have got to do, and the only thing is to ask ourselves whether we are doing it as well as we can.
—George Frederick Watts.
Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God.
—Romans 5. 1.
My Creator, I praise thee for the knowledge of life, and the hope of immortality. Help me to express my belief, and to give my utmost for the divinest, that I may be worthy of life eternal. Amen.
Archbishop Cranmer born 1489.
Christopher W. Gluck born 1714.
Richard Henry Stoddard born 1825.
Sir Robert Peel died 1850.
One step more, and the race
One word more, and the lesson’s done;
One toil more, and a long rest follows
At set of sun.
Who would fail, for one step
Who would fail, for one word unsaid?
Who would fail, for a pause too early?
Sound sleep the dead.
—Christina G. Rossetti.
One who never turned his back,
but marched breast forward,
Never doubted clouds would break,
Never dreamed, though right were worsted, wrong would triumph,
Held we fall to rise, are baffled to fight better, Sleep to wake.
He that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved.
—Matthew 10. 22.
My Father, thou hast proven the strength of thy promises by thy tender love and mercy through the darkest hours. Help me always to cling to the hope that thou hast provided for my soul. May I be trustful, and be thankful to “see so much as one side of a celestial idea, one side of the rainbow, and the sunset sky.” Amen.
John S. Copley born 1737.
Henry Grattan born 1746.
Eugene Sue died 1857.
Not from the dangers that beset
From storm or sudden death, or pain or wrath,
We pray deliverance;
But from the envious eye, the narrowed mind
Of those that are the vultures of mankind
Thy aid advance.
Not at the strong man’s righteous
rage or hate,
But at the ambushed malice laid in wait
Thy strength arise;
At those who ever seek to spot the fair
White garments of a neighbor’s character
With mud of lies.