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If you fancy your hold on your fortune is lost,

Get a grip;
If you missed the buoy some passenger tossed,

Get a grip;
For you'll find as you creep through the Valley of Care,
Where the pathway is rough and the fields are too bare,
That the man who hangs on is the man who gets there,

Get a grip.

There is nothing that's lost that is hopelessly lost,

Get a grip.
The prize we may win if we work for the cost,

Get a grip.
The man who courts failure can win it, I know;
He has but to give up and let the thing go;
But the fellow who wins must stand to the blow.
Get a grip.

A. J. WATERHOUSE.

O Thou God of Courage, who hast never faltered in Thy confidence that in the end man should do Thy will, give us now abundantly of Thy divine courage. Help us to get a grip upon ourselves, and to stand steady when things seem to be at their worst. Give us tenacity of purpose so that we may prove by practice Thy promise to help those who help themselves. And if sometimes in extreme trial, our work becomes so thwarting that we doubt even Thy wisdom, still help us to keep a grip on Thee as a God that ever lives and loves. Amen.

LEE S. McCOLLESTER.

Let me to-day do something that shall take

A little sadness from the world's vast store, And

may I be so favored as to make Of joy's too scanty sum a little more.

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However meagre be my worldly wealth,
Let me give something that shall aid

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kind A word of courage, or a thought of health,

Dropped as I pass for troubled hearts to find.

Let me to-night look back upon the span

'Twixt dawn and dark, and to my conscience say Because of some good act to beast or man, The world is better that I lived to-day.”

ELLA WHEELER Wilcox.

Our Heavenly Father, it is a comfort to us to know that Thou knowest our frame, with all its weaknesses and imperfections, that the impossible is never required of us. Thou hast promised grace, and strength and wisdom to enable us to live lives so helpful, true and loving that our associates will be profited and blessed. Make our hearts Thy home. Purge us from all selfishness; flood our natures with Thy Spirit; and let Thy love flow forth from us in gracious streams, blessing the souls of men, and enabling each to glorify and honor Thee day by day. Amen.

THOMAS S. BOND.

Take a dash of water cold
And a little leaven of prayer,
A little bit of sunshine gold
Dissolved in the morning air;
Add to your meal some merriment
And a thought for kith and kin;
And then, as a prime ingredient
A plenty of work thrown in;
But spice it all with the essence of love
And a little whiff of play;
Let a wise old book and a glance above
Complete a well-spent day.

ANONYMOUS.

Ever in the deepest reverence, we bow our heads before the Father of Life. We are but parts and He the whole. We gladly bow before the true, the good, the beautiful, for our reverence brings to us the qualities that we adore. Our worship brings to us a knowledge of what our life is for. We are to realize ourselves in God. In His beauty we are to become beautiful; in His joy we are to find joy; and in His strength we are to find strength. That through His qualities, we may also become creators. May the outreaching of our being each dawning day be for more of life, more of God. Amen.

WILSON M. BACKUS.

Oh, sing the glad song of the morning,

When over the great world's rim
The pink sun smiles so gaily

That one must smile back at him !

And sing the brave song of the noontide,

Though the burden of work be great;
For the day wears on to its ending
And
every

task will abate.

Then sing the sweet song of the evening,

Contented that strife be o'er;
And in the still dark of the gloaming
Thank God that of work there's still more.

Agnes M. CHOATE.

Father, we thank Thee for this day of life and opportunity. Help us to keep a song in our hearts through all its hours that may bring joy and inspiration to others. Lead us to someone whom we may cheer and help. May we realize how very near Thou art when within whisper-reach of our souls. Strengthen us for every task by Thy indwelling spirit and Thy overshadowing presence so that we may feel Thine everlasting arms are underneath us and that Thy mighty hand is over our heads. Make us wise in judgment, calm in spirit, gentle in our attitude toward others. “Let Thy greatness flow 'round our incompleteness; 'round our restlessness, Thy rest." Amen.

OLIN BURR COIT.

To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, to do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.

William HENRY CHANNING.

Help us, O Father, to lift up our hearts in prayer to Thee this morning, that we may start the day aright. May this moment of sweet communion be but the beginning of a day of fellowship, as we shall be divinely guided in all our thoughts and deeds. Teach us to-day a new fight against evil and of thanksgiving for Thy watchful care. Then when the tasks of the day can be again laid aside and we shall return to the place of rest in sleep, may we rejoice in Thy answer to this petition and be satisfied that another day's journey has indeed brought us our heavenly home and our heavenly Father. Amen.

LEON A. LOSEY.

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