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AMBITION. A HIGH look, and a proud heart, and the ploughing of the wicked is sin.-- Proverbs, xxi. 4.
Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord. .-Obadiah, .
Woe unto you, Pharisees, for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.--Luke, xi. 43.
TWICE told the period spent on stubborn Troy,
Woe to thee, wild Ambition! I employ
Despair's low notes thy dread effects to tell; Born in high heaven, her peace thou could'st destroy;
And but for thee, there had not been a hell. Through the celestial domes thy clarion pealed;
Angels, entranced, beneath thy banners ranged, And straight were fiends; hurled from the shrinking field,
They waked in agony to wail the change. Darting through all her veins the subtle fire,
The world's fair mistress first inhaled thy breath; To lot of higher beings learned to aspire; Dared to attempt, and doomed the world to death.
Maria A. Brooks.
The sons of earth Who, vexed with vain disquietude, pursue Ambition's fatuous light through miry pools, That yawn for their destruction, stray, foredoomed, Amid delusive shadows to their end.
William Herbert. Ambition, when the pinnacle is gained With many a toilsome step, the power it sought Wants to support itself, and sighs to find The envied height but aggravates the fall.
ANGELS. And he dreamed,' and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to Heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.-Genesis, xxviii. 12.
The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them.--Psalm xxxiv. 7.
For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.--''salm xci. 11, 12,
Then the devil leaveth Him, and behold, angels came and ministered unto Him.--Matthew, iv, 11.
Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels.--Matthew, xxvi. 53.
There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.--Luke, xv. 10.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, hereafter ye shall see Heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.--John, i. 51.
And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne, and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.--Revelations, v. 11, 12.
And I saw another angel fly in the midst of Heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach into them that dwell on the earth.-Revelations, xiv. 6.
And is there care in heaven? and is there love
Angels are men of a superior kind;
His messengers of mercy, to fulfil
The severed righteous at His holy hill,
Unthought of, unimproving? Rather say, God deigned to man His angel hosts reveal, That man might learn, like angels, to obey; And those who long their bliss in Heaven to feel, Might strive on earth to serve him ev'n as they.
When by a good man’s grave I muse alone,
Elysian race! while o'er their slumbering flocks
Hark! what mean those holy voices,
Sweetly sounding through the skies?
Heavenly hallelujahs rise.
Which they chant in hymns of joy:
Glory be to God most high!
Reaching far as man is found;
Cawood. “Many in this world of cares,”
Truly hath the poet said, “Sit with angels unawares;"
Round our path, and round our bed.
Angels ever watch and wait.
ANGER. O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.--Psalm vi. 1.
A wrathful man stirreth up strife; but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.--Proverbs, xv. 18.
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry; for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.--Ecclesiastes, vii. 9.
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath. Ephesians, iv. 26.
The anger of the Lord! Oh, dreadful thought!
Or melting in the west away:
So darkly on the rising day?
Make music for an angel's ear;
Beholds the heavens, at evening, clear;
Thy spirit all the vale informs:
Remains to tell of angry storms,