The Law of Service: A Study in Christian Altruism

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Putnam, 1894 - 143 pages

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Page 62 - That monster, custom, who all sense doth eat. Of habits devil, is angel yet in this, That to the use of actions fair and good He likewise gives a frock or livery. That aptly is put on.
Page 82 - Thy Father has written for thee.' 'Come, wander with me,' she said, 'Into regions yet untrod; And read what is still unread In the manuscripts of God.' And he wandered away and away With Nature, the dear old nurse, Who sang to him night and day The rhymes of the universe. And whenever the way seemed long, Or his heart began to fail, She would sing a more wonderful song, Or tell a more marvellous tale.
Page 36 - If any man willeth to do his will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it be of God, or whether I speak from myself.
Page 32 - ... has drunk the vintage up ; What boots it patch the goblet's splinters ? Can Summer fill the icy cup, Whose treacherous crystal is but Winter's? O spendthrift haste ! await the Gods ; Their nectar crowns the lips of Patience ; Haste scatters on unthankful sods The immortal gift in vain libations. Coy Hebe flies from those that woo, And shuns the hands would seize upon her ; Follow thy life, and she will sue To pour for thee the cup of honor.
Page 52 - Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience he stands waiting, with exactness grinds he all.
Page 8 - And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
Page 31 - May I reach That purest heaven, be to other souls The cup of strength in some great agony, Enkindle generous ardor, feed pure love, Beget the smiles that have no cruelty, Be the sweet presence of a good diffused, And in diffusion ever more intense. So shall I join the choir invisible Whose music is the gladness of the world.
Page 84 - I care not how men trace their ancestry, To ape or Adam ; let them please their whim; But I in June am midway to believe A tree among my far progenitors, Such sympathy is mine with all the race, Such mutual recognition vaguely sweet There is between us.
Page 63 - Train up a child in the way he should go, and he will not depart from it...
Page 139 - According to the law of service, we are to deal scientifically with the disease itsolf by radical and constitutional treatment. The springs of human life must be cleansed, its processes made normal and vigorous, its activities reformed. We have reckoned on selfishness as the motive of human action; let us have the faith and courage to reckon on love. Self-seeking competition is war with all its miseries; generous service is peace with all its blessings.

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