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XII.

LOVE.

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OD is love ; His mercy brightens

All the way in which we move – Bliss He makes, and woe He lightens

God is light and God is love.

E'en the hour that darkest seemeth

Shall His ceaseless goodness prove; Through the mist His glory streameth,

God is light and God is love.

XIII.

LOVE.

THOU whose wisdom guides the way,

Though now it seem severe,
Forbid my unbelief to say,

« There is no wisdom here.'

Lord! if Thou bend my spirit low,

Love only shall I see; The very

hand that strikes the blow, Was wounded once for me.

XIV.

LOVE.

M apt to think, the man
That could surround the sum of things,

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and spy

The heart of God and secrets of His

empire,
Would speak but lovewith him the bright result
Would change the hue of intermediate scenes,
And make one thing of all theology.

GAMBOLD.

XV.

LOVE,

UT fainter than the viewless fand,
Beneath the wave which sweeps the

strand;
And paler than the pale star's ray,

Beneath the noon-tide blaze of day,
Is all of love that man can know,-
All that in angels' breasts can glow,
Compared, O Lord of Hofts, with Thine,
Eternal, fathomless, divine !

XVI.

LOVE.
|F rightly trained and bred

Humanity is humble, finds no spot
Which her Heaven-guided feet refuse

to tread.
The walls are cracked, funk is the flowery

roof;
Undressed the pathway leading to the door ;
But Love, as Nature, loves the lonely poor.

WORDSWORTH.

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XVII.

LOVE.
JOULD we with ink the Ocean fill,

Were the whole earth of parchment

made;
Were every single stick a quill,

And every man a scribe by trade.
To write the love of God above,

Would drain the Ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,

Though stretched from sky to sky.*

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* These comprehensive lines are said to have been written by an idiot.

XVIII.

THE PASTOR.

A

Parish Priest was of the pilgrim train,
An awful, reverend, and religious man,
Of fixty years he seemed, and well

might last
To fixty more, but that he lived to fast.

DRYDEN

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XIX.

THE PASTOR.

Y

E, who your Lord's commission bear,
His
way

of mercy to prepare-
Angels He calls you, be your strife
To lead on earth an Angel's life.

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XX.

THE PASTOR.

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JE lived for others, while he sojourned

here, Made precious souls the objects of his

care ;

Denied himself to do another good, And preached forgiveness through the Saviour's

blood. He now has gone to share a great reward, And dwell for ever with his gracious Lord.

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XXI.

THE PASTOR.

HEN such a man, familiar with the skies,
Has filled his urn where the pure waters

rise,
And once more mingles with us meaner

things, 'Tis e'en as if an angel shook his wings.

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