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Most wondrous book! bright candle of the Lord!
Hast thou ever heard Of such a book? The author God Himself; The subject, God and man, salvation, life, And death-eternal life-eternal death. Pollok.
The priest-like father reads the sacred page,
How Abram was the friend of God on high; Or Moses bade eternal warfare wage
With Amalek's ungracious progeny;
Or how the Royal Bard did groaning lie,
Beneath the stroke of Heaven's avenging ire; Or Job's pathetic plaint and wailing cry;
Or wrapt Isaiah's wild seraphic fire;
How guiltless blood for guilty man was shed; How He who bore in Heaven the second name,
Had not, on earth, whereon to lay His head; How His first followers and servants sped;
The precepts sage they wrote to many a land: How he who, lone in Patmos banished,
Saw, in the sun, a mighty angel stand; And heard great Bab’lon's doom pronounced by · Heaven's command.
For man:-an exile upon earth he stays,
Poor pilgrim, toiling in this vale of tears; That book declares whose blood for thee was shed,
Who died to give thee life; and though thy years Pass like a shade, pointing to thy death-bed,
Out of the deep thy cry an angel hears,
W. Lisle Bowles.
BIRTH-BORN. JUDAH prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph's..-I. Chronicles, v. 2.
Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the Lord.--Isaiah, lxvi. 9.
And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.--Luke, i. 14. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.- John, iii. 7, 8.
My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.--Galatians, iv. 19.
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.--I. John, iii. 9.
ORIENT light, Exhaling first from darkness, they beheld, Birthday of heaven and earth.
Thou hast been found
Dryden. They tell me 'tis my birthday, and I'll keep it With double pomp of sadness; 'Tis what the day deserves which brought me forth.
Dryden. Mysterious love! that thou must recommence Life and existence, and be born anew, Born both of water and of spirit, whence Spirit comes only, as flesh must flesh ensue: And where it lists the wind shall blow, whose sound Thou hearest, but know'st not-none ever knewWhence cometh it, nor whither it is bound; And no man hath ascended into heaven But he who thence came down, and bore the wound, And perished that the world might be forgiven.
J. Å. Heraud.
Let us learn the wondrous story,
Of our great Redeemer's birth; Spread the brightness of His glory,
Till it cover all the earth. Hasten mortals to adore Him, Till in heaven ye sing before Him. Cawood. Are all the memories of life
Buried when life has fled?
The birthdays of the dead?
Brought one bright day of mirth,
Of some belov'd one's birth.
The feasts of riper years,
Remembered now with tears.
Have done with all on earth,
That hailed each day of birth.
Marked with affection's seal,
Once more their presence feel.
May not such cycles keep,
They know not night or sleep.
The calendar of Earth.
Our loving arms we spread,
George E. Shirley.
BLESSING-BLESSEDNESS-BLESS. I WILL bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.-Psalm xxxiv. 1.
Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee.
Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee.-Psalm lxxxiv. 4, 5.
Blessings are upon the head of the just, but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.-Proverbs, x. 6.
The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.- Proverbs, x. 22.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.—Matthew, v. 8.
I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.-Matthew, v. 44.
Blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.-I. Peter, 'iii. 9.
O ALL-SUFFICIENT, All-Beneficent! Thou God of Goodness and of glory, hear! Thou who to lowest minds dost condescend, Assuming passions to enforce thy laws, Adopting jealousy to prove thy love! Thou who resigned humility upholdest, E'en as the florist props the drooping rose; But quellest tyrannic pride with peerless power, E'en as the tempest drives the stubborn oak! O All-sufficient, All-beneficent! Thou God of goodness and of glory, hear! Bless all mankind, and bring them in the end To heaven, to immortality, and Thee! Smart.
O my soul, with all thy powers,
Bless the Lord's most holy name;
Thine infirmities He healed;
He thy peace and pardon sealed.
King on earth He holds his sway;
All his works beneath the pole,