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ADVERSITY. He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved, for I shall never be in adversity.--Psalm x. 6.
In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adrersity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.--Ecclesiastes, vii. 14.
Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.--Hebrews, xiii. 3.
STERN teacher! should'st thou come, and sit by me,
And fix upon me thy dread, stony eyes, Calmly may I behold and welcome thee,
As one that hath a message from the skies,
Fraught with intelligence to make me wise: God grant me strength to view thee steadfastly,
And listen to thy voice, though agonies Should rack my soul or frame. Adversity! Full oft hast thou a friend to mortals been,
A blessing in disguise, though stern thy look; Hard is thy hand, but still thy palms between
Thou hold’st outspread the pages of God's Book ; Wherein who reads with humble, prayerful mind, Will hope, and ease, and consolation find. Anon.
When first thy sire to send on earth
Virtue, his darling child, designed, To thee he gave the heavenly birth,
And bade thee form her infant mind. Stern rugged nurse, thy rigid lore With patience many a year she bore; What sorrow was thou bad’st her know, And, from her own, she learned to melt at other's woe.
Becomes a double curse:
But makes the wicked worse.
To the fierce flame consign'd;
But melts to be refin'd. C. C. Colton. AFFECTION. Set your affection upon my words; desire them, and ye shall be instructed. Wisdom, vi. 2.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.-Colossians, iii. 2.
Be kindly affectioned one to another.--Romans, xii. 10.
HEAVENLY Father! God of love,
Love celestial, ardent fire!
Precious are the kind affections
Which around this life entwine,
Something more than half divine.
Like the bright and fragrant flowers,
And their beauty time devours.
That are set on heavenly things;
Watered by eternal springs;
Sheltered from the storms of earth.
Knowing nought of drought or dearth.
AFFLICTION. BEFORE I was afflicted I went astray; but now have I kept thy word.--Psalm cxix. 67.
It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn thy statutes. —Psalm cxix. 71.
I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.-Psalm cxl. 12.
He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth.- Isaiah, liii. 7.
In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the angel of His presence saved them: in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bare them and carried them all the days of old.-Isaiah, lxiii. 9.
Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up.-Hosea, vi. 1.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. II. Corinthians, iv. 17.
AFFLICTION has a taste as sweet
Perfumes, the more they 're chafed, the more they
render Their pleasant scents, and so affliction Expresseth virtue fully.
Afflictions clarify the soul, And, like hard masters, give more hard directions, Tutoring the non-age of uncurbed affections.
Francis Quarles. To bear affliction with a bended brow, Or stubborn heart, is but to disallow The speedy means to health. Francis Quarles.
A life all ease is all abused;
O, precious grace that made the wise
G. B. Cheever.
Heaven but tries our virtues by affliction,
And yet 't was good to bear;
And I found comfort there.
To Thy most gracious will;
Or been afflicted still!
The joys which then I knew?
These like the early dew.
Whate'er my state may be;
"My God is all to me!” J. Montgomery.
Come then, Affliction, if my Father bids,
Mid pleasure, plenty, and success,
Freely we take from Him who lends; We boast the blessings we possess,
Yet scarcely thank the one who sends. But let affliction pour its smart,
How soon we quail beneath the rod! With shattered pride, and prostrate heart,
We seek the Iong-forgotten God. Eliza Cook.
AGE, GREAT men are not always wise, neither do the aged understand judgment.-Job, xxxii. 9.
And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you.- Isaiah, xlvi. 4.
Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.-Psalm lxxi. 9.
Now also, when I am old and grey-headed, O God, forsake me not: until I have showed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.--Psalm lxxi. 18.
They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.–Psalm xcii. 14.
That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness. Titus, ii. 2, 3.
YE gods! how easily the good man bears
M., from Anaxandrides.