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ordinary and common probation, which is what a man generally leads when he lives with his equals, is found, when examined, to contain a powerful supply of the most finished and subtle weapons of discipline. Equals are, more than inferiors, the natural correction of self-love.
And while pity has certainly effects of great beauty in its own field, still the palm of a stronger and sharper correction may belong to another sphere of training.-MOZLEY.
Give unto Thy servants, () God, that peace which the world
cannot give.-COLLECT. Thought and prayer both come from a hidden source; they go forth to fight with foes and gain victory in the external world; they return to rest in Him who inspired them. Oh, how fresh and original will each of our lives become, what flatness will pass from society, what barrenness from conversation, what excitement and restlessness from our religious acts, when we understand these secrets! When the morning prayer is really a prayer for grace, to One whose service is perfect freedom, in knowledge of whom is eternal life; when at evening we really ask One, from whom all good thoughts and holy desires and just works proceed, for the peace which the world cannot give!--MAURICE.
Teach me Thy way, O Lord.-PSALM xxvii. 13. It is the least that a man can do, to wish with all his heart to have some valuable thing, if he is to expect some day to have it. How simple a condition, could man only once resolve steadily to wish for the possession of that which he knows to be his chief good; could he but cast aside, once for all, all those vain, those fruitless longings for things that are out of his reach-for gifts and faculties which only glitter and attract the eye—and wish, in the sincerity of his heart, for what is really to be had for the wishing-for religious faith and temper! What happiness, what comfort, what serenity of spirit, what cheerful hope, is in men's they but bring themselves to wish heartily for that faith from which all these fruits spring! But “ they whose hearts desire nothing, pray for nothing;” and, not praying, they do not obtain. Desire is the first condition. We receive grace in the same degree we desire it." -MOZLEY.
O God, make clean our hearts within as. The short prayers following the Creed, which are given to the minister and the congregation alternately, are intended, I apprehend, as hints respecting what may be called our spontaneous thoughts. We are not at the mercy of our own thoughts, however
rudely they may claim dominion over us. We have the power to say to this, “Go,” and it goeth ; and to another,“ Come,” and it cometh. Every man knows that this prerogative belongs to him, and knows that he is guilty when he does not exercise it. But it is a gift which requires careful and incessant cultivation; it can be cultivated effectually only in
way. If each impulse from without be met with an impulse from within, if sudden impressions are sustained by prayers, as sudden, to the Lord of our spirits, we may acquire a mastery over the subjects of our own spiritual kingdom, which will be otherwise always turbulent and refractory --MAURICE.
glory.—Isaiah 1x. 19.
But lost, dissolved in thy superior rays,
The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of
the Lord.-MATTHEW iii. 3.
The tender lambs he raises in his arms,
The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him.
LAMENTATIONS iii. 25.
And tells aloud
'Neath every cloud.
He sings to shame
A Father's name.
Come good or ill,
Where wert thou, brother, those four days ?
There lives no record of reply. When we think of the return of Lazarus to his house at Bethany, it is not with an unmixed delight we ask whether he could have welcomed the world's