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house hath more honor than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all his house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after ; but Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
--Hebrews, chap. 3.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.
-Isaiah, chap. 61. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever : but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
—John, chap. 8. Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty ; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this ; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
-Galatians, chap. 5. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard : that went down to the skirts of his garments.
--Psalm 133. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and I te thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, biess them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.
-Matthew, chap. 5.: For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
-Matthew, chap. 6.
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
-Matthew, chap. 7.
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
-1. Corinthians, chap. 1.
These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
- 1. Peter, chap. 2. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another.
--Romans, chap. 12.
He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother, abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
-1. John, chap. 2. If a man say, I love God, and hatech his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
-1. John, chap. 4.
Let brotherly love continue.
-Hebrews, chap. 13.
Thou art fairer than the children of men : grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased : I will put my Spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
-Matthew, chap. 12. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.
-Ephesians, chap. 1.
BENEDICTION. [From Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address.] "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan; to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and a lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”
Who can be what he was to the people,
What he was to the State ?
ANECDOTES BY AND ABOUT LINCOLN.
REMEMBER very well going into Mr. Stanton's room in the
War Department on the day of the Gettysburg celebration, and he said: "Have you seen these Gettysburg speeches?” “No," said I, "I didn't know you had them.” He said, “Yes; and the people will be delighted with them, Edward Everett has made a speech that will make three columns in the newspapers, and Mr. Lincoln has made a speech of perhaps forty or fifty lines. Everett's is the speech of a scholar, polished to the last possibility. It is eloquent and it is learned; but Lincoln's speech will be read by a thousand men where one reads Everett's, and will be remembered as long as anybody's speeches are remembered who speaks the English language."-Charles A. Dana.
William Scott is the Vermont boy whose life Lincoln saved after he had been condemned to be shot for sleeping during sentry duty. He is the “Bennie Owen," one of the characters in the play “Self-Sacrificing Soldier Saved,” in WERNER'S READINGS No. 45, page 115. Scott tells of his interview with President Lincoln as follows:]
The President was the kindest man I had ever seen. scared at first, for I had never before talked with a great man. But Mr. Lincoln was so easy with me, so gentle, that I soon forgot my fright. He stood up. Following is the dialogue:
LINCOLN. My boy, stand up here and look me in the face. My boy you are not going to be shot to-morrow. I am going to trust you and send you back to your regiment. I have come up here from Washington, where I have a great deal to do. What I want to know is how you are going to pay my bill.
[Scott says there was a big lump in his throat, that he could scarcely speak, but he manage to say:]
SCOTT. There is some way to pay you, and I will find it after a little. There is the bounty in the savings bank. I guess we could borrow some money on a mortgage on the farm. I think the boys would help, if it isn't more than $500 or $600.
LINCOLN. But it is a great deal more than $500 or $600.
Scott. Then I don't see how, but I am sure I can find some way if I live.
LINCOLN (putting his hands on Scott's shoulders and looking sorrowfully into his face]. My boy, my bill is a very large one. Your friends cannot pay it, nor your bounty, nor your farm, nor all your comrades. There is only one man in all the world who can pay it, and his name is William Scott. If from this day William Scott does his duty so that if I was there when he comes to die he can look me in the face, as he does now, and can say: “I have kept my promise, and I have done my duty as a soldier,” then my debt will be paid. Will you make that promise and try to keep it?
Scott. I make the promise, and with God's help I will keep it.
Scott ends by saying that Lincoln went out of his sight forever, adding, “I knew I should never see him again, but may God forget me if I ever forget his kinds words and my promise.”)
The following is one of Mr. Lincoln's stories: "I once knew a good, sound churchman, whom we'll call Brown, who was on a committee to erect a bridge over a dangerous and rapid river. Architect after architect failed, and at last Brown said he had a friend named Jones, who had built several bridges and could build this. 'Let's have him in,' said the committee. In came Jones. ‘Can you build this bridge, sir?' 'Yes,' replied Jones; 'I could build a bridge to the infernal regions, if necessary. The sober committee were horrified; but when Jones retired, Brown thought it but fair to defend his friend. 'I know Jones so well,' said he, 'and he is so honest a man, and so good an architect, that, if he states soberly and positively that he can build a bridge to the lower regions—why, I believe it; but I have my doubts about the abutment on the other side.' Lincoln added, 'When politicians said
“ they could harmonize the Northern and Southern wings of the Democracy, why, I believed them; but I had my doubts about the abutment on the Southern side."