Leaves of Life - May 27
Alighieri Dante born 1265.
John Calvin died 1564.
Julia Ward Howe born 1819.
Noah Webster died 1843.
John Kendrick Bangs born 1862.
To your judgments give ye not the reins
With too much eagerness, like him who ere
The corn be ripe, is fain to count the grains:
For I have seen the briar through the winter snows
Look sharp and stiff—yet on a future day
High on its summit bear the tender rose:
And ship I've seen, that through the storm hath passed,
Securely bounding o'er the watery way,
At entrance of the harbor wrecked at last.
—Dante, translated by Wright.
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me:
As he died to make men holy, let us die to make them free,
While God is marching on.
—Julia Ward Howe.
Trust in Jehovah with all thy heart,
And lean not upon thine own understanding.
—Proverbs 3. 5.
Lord God, help me to know my ability, that I may not attempt with weakness that which requires strength to undertake; and make me stable that I may not relax vigilance even though victory seems assured. Amen.
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