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He had the wisdom of a Socrates,
In war or peace his noble works were blent
To bless mankind. So let his monument
Patient when saddest, calm when sternest,
Grieved when rigid for justice's sake;
-H. H. Brownell.
The angels of your thoughts are climbing still
The shining ladder of his fame,
-Elizabeth Stuart Phelps.
How humble, yet how hopeful, he could be;
How, in good fortune and in ill, the same:
He was the North, the South, the East, the West,
The thrall, the martyr, all of us in one'; There was no section that he held the best;
His love shone as impartial as the sun;
And gently put it from him, rose and stood
Bold as a lion, gentle as a child,
-John B. Gough.
—C. P. Corliss.
That God makes instruments to work His will,
-Mary A. Ripley.
-Henry Peterson. From humble parentage and poverty, old nature reared
him, And the world beheld her ablest, noblest man, Few were his joys, many and terrible his trials,
But grandly he met them as only truly great souls can! Our nation's Martyr, pure, honest, patient, tender
Thou who didst suffer agony e'en for the slave-
CHURCH SERVICE FOR LINCOLN'S DAY.
GOLDEN Text: Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
-Romans, chap. 6.
RESPONSIVE READING. [From the Bible.]
Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression.
Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rearward.
Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday.
-Isaiah, chap. 58.
This day which we celebrate, Lincoln's Birthday, is dedicated to the memory of the noble life-work of one brave, grand man-"the Shepherd of the people," Phillips Brooks called him. Lincoln the great, was great only as he was good. He loved and honored God and was the friend of all.
From many beautiful things written by him, the following bits of wisdom are well worth remembering :
"Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, a firm reliance on Him who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust in the best way all our difficulties."
“Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it.”
“Having chosen our course, without guile and with pure purpose let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear and with manly hearts.”
"In giving freedom to the slaves, we assure freedom to the free; honorable alike in what we give and in what we preserve.”
“We here highly resolve that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
"As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time.”
"Reason—cold, calculating, unimpassioned reason-must furnish all the materials for our support and defense. Let those be molded into general intelligence, sound morality, and, in particular, a reverence for the Constitution and the laws; and then our country will continue to improve; and our nation, revering his name and permitting no hostile foot to pass or desecrate his resting-place, shall be the first to hear the last trump that shall awaken Washington. Upon these let the proud fabric of freedom rest as the rock of its basis, and as truly as has been said of the only greater institution, 'the gates of hell’ shall not prevail against it.”
“The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one."
“We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing.”
“The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him, for the same act, as the destroyer of liberty.
Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of the word liberty; and precisely the same difference prevails to-day among the same human creatures—and all professing to love liberty."
“I beg of you, as citizens of this great republic, not to let your minds be carried off from the great work we have before us.
“This struggle is too large for you to be diverted from it by any small matter. When you return to your homes, rise up to a height of a generation of men worthy of a free government, and we shall carry out the great work we have commenced.”
And the Lord said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee. -Joshua, chap. 3.
And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the Lord hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it. And the Lord, He it is that doth go before thee; He will be with thee, He will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed. Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the Lord your God, and observe to do all the words of this law: And that their children, which have not known anything, may hear, and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
—Deuteronomy, chap. 31. Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; who was faithful to Him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the