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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 142 pages of information about The Christian Year.

Too surely, every setting day,
   Some lost delight we mourn;
The flowers all die along our way
   Till we, too, die forlorn.

Such is the world’s gay garish feast,
   In her first charming bowl
Infusing all that fires the breast,
   And cheats the unstable soul.

And still, as loud the revel swells,
   The fevered pulse beats higher,
Till the seared taste from foulest wells
   Is fain to slake its fire.

Unlike the feast of heavenly love
   Spread at the Saviour’s word
For souls that hear His call, and prove
   Meet for His bridal board.

Why should we fear, youth’s draught of joy
   If pure would sparkle less? 
Why should the cup the sooner cloy,
   Which God hath deigned to bless?

For, is it Hope, that thrills so keen
   Along each bounding vein,
Still whispering glorious things unseen? —
   Faith makes the vision plain.

The world would kill her soon:  but Faith
   Her daring dreams will cherish,
Speeding her gaze o’er time and death
   To realms where nought can perish.

Or is it Love, the dear delight
   Of hearts that know no guile,
That all around see all things bright
   With their own magic smile?

The silent joy that sinks so deep,
   Of confidence and rest,
Lulled in a father’s arms to sleep,
   Clasped to a mother’s breast?

Who, but a Christian, through all life
   That blessing may prolong? 
Who, through the world’s sad day of strife,
   Still chant his morning song?

Fathers may hate us or forsake,
   God’s foundlings then are we: 
Mother on child no pity take,
   But we shall still have Thee.

We may look home, and seek in vain
   A fond fraternal heart,
But Christ hath given His promise plain
   To do a Brother’s part.

Nor shall dull age, as worldlings say,
   The heavenward flame annoy: 
The Saviour cannot pass away,
   And with Him lives our joy.

Ever the richest, tenderest glow
   Sets round the autumnal sun —
But there sight fails:  no heart may know
   The bliss when life is done.

Such is Thy banquet, dearest Lord;
   O give us grace, to cast
Our lot with Thine, to trust Thy word,
   And keep our best till last.

THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

When Jesus heard it, He marvelled, and said to them that followed,
Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in
Israel.  St. Matthew viii. 10.

   I marked a rainbow in the north,
      What time the wild autumnal sun
   From his dark veil at noon looked forth,
      As glorying in his course half done,
   Flinging soft radiance far and wide
Over the dusky heaven and bleak hill-side.

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