Yet not this ocean, cheered with many a sail,
_Nor all these rural sounds, and pastures fair,
To solace worn disease could aught avail,

Or from his bosom chase the clouds of care.
The merry morn no rapture could impart,

Nor converse sweet of friends his hours beguile; In vain could beauty warm his aching heart,

Or on his cold-wan cheek awake a smile.
Yet oft we slight thy worth, O, blessed Health!

Poor mortals as we are, till thou art flown;
And thy sweet joys, more dear than fame or wealth

Touch not our hearts, but pass unfelt, unknown. The joys, without whose aid what'er of blest,

Or great, or fair, the heavens to man ordain,
Is dull and tasteless to the unthankful breast,
Love loveless, youth old age, and pleasure pain.

Rev. E. Hamley.

What is life!—like a flower, with the bane in its

bosom, To-day, full of promise, to-morrow it dies! And health like the dewdrop that hung on its blossom,

Survives but a night, and exhales to the skies:
How oft 'neath the bud that is brightest and fairest,

The seeds of the canker in embryo lurk!
How oft at the root of the flower that is rarest,
Secure in its ambush the worm is at work!

Dr. W. Beattie.
Green pastures and clear streams,

Freedom and quiet rest,
Christ's flock enjoy beneath his beams,

Or in his shadow, blest.
The mountain and the vale,

Forest and field they range;
The morning dew, the evening gale,

Bring health in ev'ry change.
The wounded and the weak

He comforts, heals, and binds;
The lost he came from heaven to seek, .
And saves them when he finds.

J. Montgomery.

HEARING. HEAR thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive.--I. Kings, viii. 30.

They are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.-Psalm lviii. 4, 5.

He that planted the ear, shall he not hear?—Psalm xciv. 9.
Incline thine ear unto wisdom.-Proverbs, ii. 2.

The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.-Proverbs, xv. 31.

The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them.--Proverbs, xx. 12.

Take heed what ye hear.--Mark, iv, 24.
Take heed therefore how ye hear.--Luke, viii. 18.

This is the slowest, yet the daintiest sense;

For even the ears of such as have no skill, Perceive a discord, and conceive offence;

And knowing not what's good, yet find the ill. And though this sense first gentle music sound,

Her proper object is the speech of men; But that speech, chiefly, which God's heralds sound, When their tongues utter what His spirit did pen.

Sir John Davies. As Thou hast touched our ears, and taught

Our tongues to speak Thy praises plain,
Quell Thou each thankless, godless thought

That would make fast our bonds again.
From worldly strife, from mirth unblest,
Drowning Thy music in the breast,
From foul reproach, from thrilling fears,
Preserve, good Lord, Thy servants' ears.
From idle words that restless throng,

And haunt our hearts when we would pray,
From pride's false chime, and jarring wrong,

Seal Thou my lips, and guard the way: For Thou hast sworn that every ear, Willing, or loath, Thy trump shall hear, And every tongue unchained be, To own no hope, O God, but Thee. Keble.

The hypocrites in heart heap up wrath.--Job, xxxvi. 13.

The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.--Proverbs, xiv. 10.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?--Jeremiah, xvii. 9.

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.--Ezekiel, xxxvi. 26.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.--Matthew, v. 8.

f his heart, bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man, out of the evil treasure of his heart, bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.-Luke, vi. 45.

Hope maketh not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto us.--Romans, V. 5. With the heart man believeth unto righteousness.--Romans, x. 10. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith.--Ephesians, iii. 17.

I CARE not, so my kernel relish well,
How slender be the substance of my shell;
My heart being virtuous, let my face be wan,
I am to God, I only seem to man. Quarles.

So now the soul's sublimed, her sour desires
Are re-calcined in Heaven's well-tempered fires;
The heart restored, and purged from drossy nature,
Now finds the freedom of a new-born creature;
It lives another life, it breathes new breath,
It neither fears nor feels the sting of death.

Heaven's Sovereign saves all beings but Himself
That hideous sight-a naked, human heart. Young.
The Almighty, from His throne, on earth surveys
Naught greater than an honest, humble heart;
An humble heart, His residence! pronounced
His second seat, and rival to the skies. Young.

Wash, Lord, and purify my heart,
And make it clean in every part,
And when 't is clean, Lord, keep it too,
For that is more than I can do.

Thomas Ellwood.

A temple of the Holy Ghost, and yet
Oft lodging fiends; the dwelling-place of all
The heavenly virtues--charity and truth,
Humility, and holiness, and love-
And yet the common haunt of anger, pride,
Hatred, revenge, and passions foul with lust;
Allied to heaven, yet parleying oft with hell.

Consider well. The heart is a deceiver,
Or, paltering with it, in some double sense,
Thou 'st shunned, perhaps, the word that would

condemn thee, E’en while thy will was partner in the crime.

Schiller, Thou too, my heart, whom He, and He alone, Who all things knows, can know, with love replete, Regenerate and pure, pour all thyself A living sacrifice before His throne!

Christopher Smart.
Walk in the light! and sin, abhorred,

Shall ne'er defile again;
The blood of Jesus Christ, the Lord,

Shall cleanse from every stain.
Walk in the light! and thou shalt find

Thy heart made truly His,
Who dwells in cloudless light enshrined,

In whom no darkness is. Bernard Barton.

All our actions take
Their hues from the complexion of the heart,
As landscapes their variety from light.

William Thompson Bacon.

Would'st thou the life of souls discern?

Nor human wisdom nor divine
Helps thee by aught beside to learn;

Love is life's only sign.
The spring of the regenerate heart,
The pulse, the glow of every part,
Is the true love of Christ our Lord,
As man embraced, as God adored.


The heavens declare the glory of God. --Psalm xix. 1.

All the host of hearen shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. --Isaiah, xxxiv. 4.

Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal :

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also --Matthew, vi. 20, 21.

For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.--II. Corinthians, v. 1.

An inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven.--I. Peter, i, 4.

We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.--II. Peter, iii. 13. In having all things, and not Thee, what have I?

Not having Thee, what have my labours got? Let me enjoy but Thee, what further crave I?

And having Thee alone, what have I not?
I wish not sea nor land; nor would I be
Possessed of Heaven, Heaven unpossessed of Thee.

Shall we serve heaven
With less respect than we do minister
To our gross selves?

Plenteous of grace, descend from high,
Rich in thy seven-fold energy!
Thou strength of his Almighty hand,
Whose power does heaven and earth command.

Dryden. Inquirer cease, petitions yet remain, Which heaven may hear, nor deem religion vain.

* * * * * * Still raise for good the supplicated voice, But leave to heaven the measure and the choice.

Dr. Johnson. Heaven's the perfection of all that can Be said or thought, riches, delight, or harmony, Health, beauty; and all these not subject to The waste of time, but in their height eternal.


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