The Fruit of the Spirit: Or, the Christian Graces

A. Tompkins, 1842 - 151 sider

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Side 135 - ... the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which in the sight of God is of great price.
Side 87 - To him who, in the love of Nature, holds Communion with her visible forms, she speaks A various language: for his gayer hours She has a voice of gladness, and a smile And eloquence of beauty ; and she glides Into his darker musings with a mild And gentle sympathy, that steals away Their sharpness, ere he is aware.
Side 39 - Rest is not quitting The busy career; Rest is the fitting Of self to its sphere. 'Tis the brook's motion, Clear without strife, Fleeing to ocean After its life. Deeper devotion Nowhere hath knelt; Fuller emotion Heart never felt. 'Tis loving and serving The Highest and Best! 'Tis onwards, unswerving, And that is true rest.
Side 25 - That now upon the water dances, now Leaps up and dances in the hanging bough. Is it not lovely ? Tell me, where doth dwell The...
Side 140 - Shall I thank God for the green summer, and the mild air, and the flowers, and the stars, and all that makes this world so beautiful, and not for the good and beautiful beings I have known in it? Has not their presence been sweeter to me than flowers ? Are they not higher and holier than the stars ? Are they not more to me than all things else...
Side 40 - These light afflictions, which are but for a moment, shall work out for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
Side 106 - And showers them o'er again. Drop after drop is tinkling down, To kiss the stirring brook, The water dimples from beneath With its own joyous look — And then the kindred drops embrace, And singing, on they go, To dance beneath the willow tree, And glad the vale below. How beautiful the water is ! It loves to come at night, To make you wonder in the morn To see the earth so bright...
Side 117 - To how many a father — a mother — a brother, and not less, a sister, is she both a necessity and a blessing ! How many orphans have to look up with gratitude to her care and kindness ! How many nephews and nieces owe their young felicities and improvements to her ! Were every woman married, the parental home would often in declining life be a solitary abode, when affectionate attentions are most precious, and, but from such a source, not attainable. It is the single class of women which supE'ies...
Side 118 - What vast changes, not promotive of the general happiness, would ensue in every station of life, if every female married as soon as she was fully grown ! Certainly human life would in that case have a different aspect, and must be regulated on a new principle, and would lead to consequences which cannot now be calculated. The single woman is therefore as important an element of social and private happiness, as the married one. The utilities of each are different, but both are necessary ; and it is...

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