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Sun and Shield A Snob of lemmt ©fymtjljia for Swrg-Sag Hap b a s e d o n Jewish, P a g a n , Christian, I s l a m i c a n d m o d e r n literary t e x t s

WRITTEN

AND

SELECTED

BY

Br. (gustait i Man III. Fellow

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IV. The Pure Heart

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V. The Pure Lips

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. 42

VI. The Merciful

Heart

X V I I I . The

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X I X . Godliness

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Work X X I . Death

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X X I I I . Intimations

I X . Soul Liberty

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X . Control and

Cleanli

X I . The Good Flight

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XII. Serenity of Soul

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God XIV.

Vicarious

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Immortality

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X X I V . The Scaffolding

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X X V . Tears

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X X V I . The Hereafter

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X X V I I . The Hope of Sal nation

Man—Coworkerwith

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VII. The Faithful

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Way of the

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VIII. Self-Pule

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God fearing

Men—Fellow

Sinners

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X X V I I I . The Man

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Destiny

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X X X . True Excellency . 70

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BOOK III. 3etdef. PART

I. The Call of Israel II. The Best Truths III. Israel Enduring

PAGE

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. 75

X V I I I . The Invisible Lodge . . . . 95

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IV. An Ideal of a Jew . 79 V . The Purpose of the Commandments. 80 VI. VII. VIII. IX. X. XI. XII. XIII. XIV.

XV. XVI. XVII,

FIRST.

The Two Guides Customs . . . . The Spiritual Life Ancient Prayers. . The Grace of Repentance . . . Israel's Heritage . What was Revealed to Moses . . . The Way to God . The Unifying Power of Religion . . . . Jewish Separatism True Unity . . . The Inv isible Church . . .

Si 82 83 84

X I X . Apostles of Righteousness . . . X X . The

Pride

Faith

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Science X X V . History X X V I . Faith

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X X I I . Hallowing God's Name . . . . 1 0 0 X X I I I . Charity . . . 101 X X I V . No Conflict

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The Force of Ancient Words 135 X V I I I . The Suffering Witness for God 137 XIX. True Piety . . 1 3 8 XX. A Time to Speak 140 XXI. The Blessing of

I. The Fruit of Unity 115 II. The Land of Promise—a Land of Memories . .116 III. The Dispersion . 117 IV. The New Life . . 1 1 9 V. Deed is Creed . . 1 2 0 VI. When is the Good Time? . . . . 121 VII. The Good of To day 123 V I I I . Honor the Hoary Head 124 IX. The Blooming Rod 12; X. The Past and Present . . . . 1 2 6 XI. The Only Heresy . 127 X I I . The Healing Hand of God . . . . 1 2 9 X I I I . Unbroken in Spirit 130 XIV. The Torch of Science . . . . 131 XV. Still on the Alert . 133 XVI. The Man Possessed of God . . , , 1 3 4

XVII.

Abraham XXII. XXIII.

.

,141

The Silent yet PotentTeacher . 142 Saving Our Soul 1 4 4

The Animal Soul . . . . 145 X X V . Spiritual Nurture . . . . 147 X X V I . The Dread of Envy . . . . 148

XXIV.

XXVII.

The

Joy

of

the

Jewish Sabbath 149 X X V I I I . Superstition . .150 X X I X . Chosen and yet Sinladen . . .151 X X X . The Comforter . 153 X

CONTENTS.

BOOK V.

JE)umcttttfg. PAGE

I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. VIII. IX. X. XI. XII. XIII.

The Kingdom of God 157 Messianic Prayer . 158 The Power of Love 160 The Surety of Peace 161 The Pillar of Gratitude 162 The Fruitful Tree , 163 The Ev er lasting Arms 165 The Brotherhood of Man 166 Religion and Humanity . . . .167 The Wisdom of the Wise 169 The Trials of Great Souls 170 The Continuance of our Life. . . .171 The Ideal always with us . . . , 173

X I V . Religion

and Home

X V . What is Charity?

174 . 175

X V I . Repent for III by do ing Good . . .176

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X V I I . Hatred and Pride . . . 177 X V I I I . The School of Affliction . .179 X I X . The Dignity of Man . . . . 180 X X . Apostle of Conscience . . . 181 X X I . The Prophet of Soul-Liberty . 182 X X I I . Our Acts our Angels . . . 1 8 4 X X I I I . Liberty and Light . . . 185 X X I V . Belief in Man . 186 X X V . The Architect of Circumstances 187 X X V I . An Humble Faith . . .188 X X V I I . Hatred, The Destroyer . . . 1 8 9 X X V I I I . What Righteousness Includes . . .190 X X I X . Cause no Stumbling . . . . 1 9 1 X X X . From the Cradle to the Grave . 193

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I. Duties of the Heart 197 II. Castigations—a Means Only . . 1 9 8 III. The Unfailing Re ward . . . . 200 IV. The Kingdom of Man is Within . 201 V. Resignation — the Greatest Power of the Mind . . .202 VI. Waiting for the Lord 203 VII. The Blessedness of Prayer . . . . 204 VIII. The Power of Prayer . . . . 205 IX. Prayer—an Experience , . . . . 206 X. If not Religion— What? . . . . 208 XI. The Morning and Evening Stars of Life 209 XII. Devotion — a Living Sense of the Ideal 210 XIII. In God's Own Time 211 X I V . Stillness to God. .212 X V . God Quiets me in Himself. . . .213

X V I . Joy in the Everpresent . , . 2 1 4 X V I I . The Godly Sorrow . . . .215 X V I I I . The Schooling of Life . . . 216 X I X . The Punishment of Anger . . 217 X X . Seal up the Angry Lips . 218 X X I . The God-loving. 220 X X I I . Lowliness Elevates . . . 221 XXIII. Who also Serve 222 X X I V . The World's Censure a Means of Grace. 224 X X V . The Fining Pot 225 X X V I . Shun Vainglory 226 XXVII. Unconscious Worshippers of God . . . 227 X X V I I I . What is Most Precious in Man . . . . 229 X X I X . Prosperous Adversity . . .230 X X X . The Artificer of his own Happiness . . . 2 3 1

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I. Seek Peace and Pursue it . . .235 II. The Sin of Slander 236 III. No Otitcasts , . .237 IV. In Sorrow, not in Anger . . . . 238 V . Full Pardon . . . 2 3 9 VI. Doing Good without Causing Harm 240 VII. Angels' Visits , , 242 VIII. The Pleading Voice of God . . . . 243 IX. Be and Appear Good 244 X. Friendship . . . 245 XI. The Right Use of Power . . . . 246 XII. Making the Best of One Another . . 247 XIII. Justice Before Charity . . . . 248 X I V . Endeavors . . . 250 XV. Love Thyself in Thy Neighbor . 251 X V I . The Grace of Manners 252

X V I I . The Golden Mean . . 253 XVIII. Kindly Speech 254 X I X . Pure Religion and Undefiled 255 X X . The Consolation of the Righteous . . 256 X X I . The Greatest is Love . . . . 257 X X I I . Sobriety . . . 259 XXIII. The Greatness of Little Things . 260 X X I V . Consummation of the Past . .261 X X V . Himian Kinship 262 X X V I . Praise and Prize of Virtue 264 X X V I I . The Sweet Uses ofBitterWords 265 X X V I I I . The Vanity of Vaunting . . 266 X X I X . Love's Hour Always Now . . 267 X X X . Fill Thy Place in the Struggle

for Goodness . 268

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BOOK VIII.

Me. PAGK

I. Parallel

Roads

Happiness

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to .

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II. The Joyous Worker 274 III. The Grace of Childhood

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IV. Life in the Destroyer's Steps

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V. Neighborhood VI. Saved

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struction VII. VIII. IX. X. XI. XII. XIII. XIV. XV.

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. 276

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XVI. The Glory of Faithfulness . 290 X V I I . Learn to Endure . . . . 291 XVIII. Father and Mother. . .292 X I X . Forefathers . . 293 X X . The Dead . . 294 X X I . Transfiguration of Death . .295 X X I I . The Eternal Reward. . . . 297 X X I I I . The Children's

Praise of God. 298 X X I V . Happiness, genuine and spurThe Mother's Tear . 282 ious . . . . 299 Presents of PerenX X V . Be not Selfish in nial Price . . . 283 thy Sorrow . 300 The Heart's ConX X V I . Gentle Rule . .301 tentment . . .285 X X V I I . The Homestead. 303 Considerate Speech . 286 X X V I I I . The Home-land 304 The Twofold TenX X I X . Levity, a Foe to Cheerfulness . 306 dency in Man . . 287 X X X . Goodness of Let it pass . . . . 288 j H ear t — the Beautifier . . 307 Home-Politeness . . 289 !

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BOOK IX.

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X V I . Unselfish Peace . 328 X V I I . Sacred Uses of the Sacred Day . . . . 329 XVIII. Sabbath Thoughts . 330

I. Praise of God in the Highest . . . .311 II. Islam—Surrender to God . . . . 312 III. The God of Our Forefathers . .313 IV. The Waters of Noah 314 V. Erring on the Right Side 316 VI. Revelation in History 317 VII. Personal Religion . 318 VIII. The Community of Saints . . . . 319 IX. Righteousness, a Blessing for all . 320 X. Reasonable Contentment 322 XI. Rest Under the Shadow of His Wing . . . . 323 X I I . Discord and Accord 324 X I I I . Inward Rest . . .325 X I V . The Ever-present Help 326 XV. Serenity . . . . 327

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337 of XXV. The Father Lights . . . 338 XXVI. Acts of Piety 339 itual X X V I I . Sp ir Growth 34° Vesture of X X V I I I . The the Diety 341 Throne of X X I X . The God . 342 XXX. Prayer of the Yearning Soul 343 XV

CONTENTS.

BOOK X. Seaftttofß. PAGE

XVI. Feast

I, The Message of the 347

Month of Tishri. II. Rosh-hashanah III.

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CONTENTS.

BOOK XI. Communifg.

I. Religion and Public Morality II. The Natural Directions of Charity . III. Say-well and Dowell IV. The Oneness of Human Aspirations . . . . V. The Safety of Humility . . . VI. Soul-Sanity . . . VII. Serving God—Prac tical Religion . . VIII. Fulfill the Whole Law IX. David and the Sweet Singers after him X. Words of Counsel . X I . Disappointments . X I I . God's G i f t , the Spirit's Thrift . X I I I . How to Give and to Take Counsel . . X I V . Peace, the Fruit of Goodness. . . . X V . Blended Radiance .

393 394 395 39 6 397 398

400 402 403 404 405 406 408 409

X V I . The Refuge of Uprighteousness . . . . 410 X V I I . Be Circumspect. 411 Self-ProX V I I I . Truth tecting . . . 412 X I X . The Whisperer . 413 X X . Wise Counsel . 414 X X I . Tempt not God .415 X X I I . Doing our Ought 417 X X I I I . Spotless and Guileless . .418 X X I V . The Pharisees . 419 X X V . An Exhortation 420 X X V I . The Schooling of the Law . . 421 X X V I I . The Witness of Conduct . .422 X X V I I I . Sins of Omission 423 X X I X . Worship, Wise and Otherwise 424 X X X . More Light and Welcome . . 4 2 5 X X X I . The Balm of Prayer . . . 426 xvii

CONTENTS. BOOK XII.

Cime 4nî> (Siermfg. X'AGK

I. Delay is Loss . . .431 II. The Passing Day Holds Lasting Good 432 III. Here is the Light of Hereafter . . . 433 I V . We Cannot be Where God is Not . . . 434 V . The Insight of Goodness 436 V I . The Fear and the Love of God . . 437 V I I . The Flight of Years 438 V I I I . The Fittest Preparation for a Better World . . . . 439 I X . Passing Away in Peace 440 X . Planting for Eternity 441 X I . Discords and Accords of Life . . 442 X I I . The Alluremetits of Heroism . . . . 443 X I I I . Morning Offering . 444 X I V . This Day the Lord Hath Made . . 445 X V . Victorious from the Fight . . . . 446 X V I . Midnight Hymn. . 447

X V I I . The Fashioning Hand . . . 448 X V I I I . At the Unknown Gate . . . . 449 X I X . At the Time of Old Age . . 450 X X . The Crowning of a Good Life . 451 X X I . In the Home for Incurables . . 4 5 2 X X I I . The Heroism of Submission . 454 X X I I I Not so in Haste, My Little Man 455 X X I V . Our Times of Life . . . . 456 X X V . The Hope of the Future, a Light for the Present . . . 457 X X V I . A Song of Trust 458 X X V I I . The Airs of Heaven . . . 460 X X V I I I . T urn ing the Light Inward 461 X X I X . The Hidden Light and Life 462 X X X . The Chastlning Thought of Death . . . 463 X X X I . Crossing the Bar 464 X X X I I . Hallowing the Name of God . 465

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A B R A H A M S , I S R A E L , 242, 246

ACHAI, Rabbi, 102, 146, 190

A D D I S O N , J O S E P H , 181, 186, 2 1 4 , 252, 285, 300, 360 A G U I L A R , G R A C E , 419 A L A M I , SOLOMON, 145 A N T O N I N U S , 25 A R I S T O T L E , 254 A R N O L D , M A T T H E W , 193, 386 A S A I , B E N , 55 A S H E R , J U D A H , B E N , 147, 236 A U E R B A C H , B E R T H O L D , 306 A R A M A , I S A A C , 143, 163 B A R R O W S , SAM. T . , 262 B A R N E S , A L B E R T , 302 B E A U L I E U , A N A T O L E L E R O Y , 1 3 1 , 132, T33 B E E T H O V E N , L U D W I G , VON, 1 7 1 B E E C H E R , H E N R Y W A R D , 16, 64, 267, 324, 364, 380, 385 B I G G , J . S T A N Y O N , 342 B L A I R , H U G H , 306 B O N A R , H O R A T I U S , 449 BOMBO, P I E T R O , 451 B O S T H W I C K , J . D . 388 B R E M E R , F R E D E R I K A , 442 B R O O K S , P H I L L I P S , 235 B R O W N I N G , E L I Z A B E T H B A R R E T T , 65 B R O W N , E . A . C . , 466 B R O W N , S I R THOMAS, 240, 344 B R Y A N T , W I L L I A M C U L L E N , 450 B U N Y A N , J O H N , 406 B U R L E I G H , W I L L I A M , H . , 380 B U R K E , 186 C A E D M O N , 371 C A M P , S T E P H E N H . , 452 C A R L Y L E , THOMAS, 52, 53, 173, 187, 274, 444, 446 C E C I L , 465 C H A D W I C K , J O H N W . , 168, 243 C H A L M E R S , T . , 394 C H A N N I N G , W I L L I A M E . , 203, 229. 367 C I C E R O , 166 C L A P P , E L I Z A T . , 88 C L E A N T H E S , 3, 342

C0BBE, E. P., 361

COLERIDGE, H A R T L E Y , 210 C O L L Y E R , R O B E R T , 77 COLTON, 184 C O U C Y , M O S E S , BEN J A C O B O F . , 39 D A R M S T E T T E R , J A M E S , 103, 1 0 4 , 1 3 5 , „136, 138,

139

D A V Y , H U M P H R E Y , 209 D E E M S , C H A R L E S F . , 339, 424, 442 D I C K E N S , C H A R L E S , 276 D I S R A E L I , I S A A C , 150 E I N H O R N , D A V I D , 125 E L I O T , G E O R G E , 82, 383 E M E R S O N , R A L P H W A L D O , 253, 308, 379, 4 1 7 , 446 E P I C T E T U S , 265 F A B E R , F . W . , 365 F A R R A R , F . W . , 128 F E N E L O N , 341 F O R S T E R , G E O R G E , 250 F o x , GEORGE, 212 F R A N K L I N , B E N J A M I N , 273 F R O T H I N G H A M , O . B . , 291 F U N K , A D D I E , 387 G A B R I O L , SOLOMON, IB'N, 2, 350 G E I G E R , A B R A H A M , 410 G O E T H E , 69 H A L E V Y , J A C O B , 352 H A L E V Y , J E H U D A H , 63, 7 1 , 89, 323 H A L L , C H A R L E S H . , 1 7 2 , 175, 396, 401, 402 H E I N E , H E I N R I C H , 78, 99 H E L P S , S I R A R T H U R , 286 HENRY, M., a n H E R D E R , 68 HERODOTUS, 416 H U E B S C H , A D O L P H , 140, 142 H I R S C H , S A M U E L , 192, 217 H I R S C H , E M I L , 228 H O L D H E I M , S A M U E L , 29 H U G O , V I C T O R , 6I H U M B O L D T , A L E X A N D E R VON, 28 I S A A C , E L E A Z A R , BEN, 58

LIST

OF AUTHORS

J E C H I E L OP R O M E , 169 J O S E P H , M O R R I S , 454, 455 J O S E P H D S , F L A V I U S , 54, 80, 321, 369, 421, 422 JUD^EUS, P H I L O , 3, 5, I I , 15, 24, 25, 49, 200, 245, 330, 369

QUOTED.

P L U T A R C H , 50 P U S E Y , E . B . , 322 Q U I N T I L L I A N , 167 R I C H T E R , J E A N P A U L F . , 33, 166, 288, 341 R O B E R T S O N , F . W . 23, 69, 205 R O S C O E , R O B E R T , 282 R U S K I N , J O H N , 249, 337, 357

K A N T , E M A N U E L , 251 K I N G S L E Y , C H A R L E S , 412 K O H L E R , K . , 191 L A C T A N T I U S , 1 6 7 , 381 L A V A T E R , 184 L A W , W I L L I A M , 56 L ' E S T R A N G E , 83 L E W I N , K A P H A E L , D . C . , 373 LONGFELLOW, HENRY WADSWORTH, 239, 296 L U T H E R , M A R T I N , 367

S A A D Y A H , R . , 226 S A V A G E , MINOT, J . , 84, 241, 284, 301, 304, 384, 441 SCHUBERT, F R A N Z , 171 S E N E C A , 263, 264, 302, 381, 462 S I D N E Y , S i r P H I L I P , 60 S I L V E R M A N , J O S E P H , 314 SIMON, O S W A L D J O H N , 326, 327 SMITH S I D N E Y , 248, 253 S O L I S - C O H E N , SOLOMON, 389 S O U T H E Y , 458 S O U T H W E L L , R O B E R T , 432 S T A N L E Y , A . P . , 248, 277 S T E R L I N G , J O H N , 69

M A T H E S O N , 445 M A S O N , W I L L I A M , 439 M A L O N E , F a t h e r S Y L V E S T E R , 376, 378 M A R T I N E A U , J . , 59 MAIMONIDES, M O S E S , 6, 8, 9 , 1 0 , 14, 4 1 , 4 2 I 43> 45, 48, 130, 1 5 1 . 199, 3 6 3 M E N C I U S , 167, 329, 4 1 7 MENDELSSOHN", M O S E S , 18, 66, G4 M I L L E R , J . R . , 449 M I L T O N , J O H N , 297, 438 MOHAMMED, 4, 1 7 6 MOLINOS, M . 343 M O N T E F I O R E , C L A U D E G . , 269, 435, 4 3 7 , 447 M O N T A I G N E , 443 M O O R E , THOMAS, 372 MOZOOMDAR, P R O T A P , C H U N D A R , 320 M O S E S OF E V R E U X , 19 M U S C A T O , J E H U D A H , 161

SYNESIOS, B i s h o p , 344

TAULER, JOHN, 177 T A Y L O R , J E R E M Y , 219, 357 T E R E N C E , 379 T H E O D O R E S , T . , 106, 108 T H O R E A U , H . D . , 231 TILLITSON, 413 T R E N C H , R I C H A R D C H . , 427 V O Y S E Y , C H A R L E S , 13, 204, 2 3 7 , 278, 280, 281, 324, 354, 400 W A S H I N G T O N , G E O R G E , 393 W A T T S , 458 W H I T T I E R , J O H N G R E E N L E A F , 450 W H I T E , J . B L A N C O , 463 W I L L I A M S , R O G E R , 182, 183 W O R D S W O R T H , W I L L I A M , 70 W U E N S C H E , A U G U S T , 164, 220

N O R T O N , M R S . , 293 P A I N E , THOMAS, 418 P A K U D A , B E O H A Y , BEN J O S E P H , I B ' N , „ ' 9 8 , 397: 433 P A K U D A H , B A O H I A H , I B ' N , 397, 433 P A R K E R , T H E O D O R E , 30 P A S C A L , B L A I S E , 255, 463 P E N I N I , R . J E D A Y A , 434, P L A T O , 1 7 , 296 P L I N Y , 442

YEDUDAH, ELEAZAR, 100, 224, 227 Z U N Z , L E O P O L D , 158

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Unless God had been my help, my soul had dwelt in the silent Place. When I said: My foot slippeth, Thy mercy, O God! upheld me. In the uproar of my thoughts Thy comforts appease my soul.—Psalm xciv. 17-jg. The world is not the place of God, God is the place of the world.— The Pharisees.

Creator. By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all their hosts of stars by the breath of His mouth. Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world reverence Him. For He spake and it was done; He commanded and it stood fast.—From Psalm xxxiii.

HOU art Almighty and all creatures are Thy witnesses, and in honor of this name every creature is bound to serve Thee. All things formed are Thy servants and worshippers; nor can Thy glory be diminished because they worship others besides Thee; since the intention of all is to draw near unto Thee. Unhappily, they are as blind men. Though their faces be directed to the King's highway, they have strayed from the right road. . . . Thy true servants are like those who, having their eyes open, travel in the straight path, turning from the way neither to the right nor to the left till they arrive at the court of the King's Palace. Thou art God, who by Thy divinity supportest all things formed; and Thou upholdest all creatures by i

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Thy unity. There is no distinction in Thee; for although the names of Thy attributes be varied, all point to the same end and all is One Mystery. SOLOMON

XB'N

GABIROL.

ORI> of all being, throned afar, Thy glory flames from sun and star; Centre and soul of every sphere, Yet to each loving heart how near! Grant us Thy truth to make us free, And kindling hearts that burn for Thee, Till all Thy living altars claim One holy light, One holy flame.

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II.

(praise of

Creator.

All Thy works shall praise Thee, O Lord, and Thy pious ones shall bless Thee. Let them speak of the glory of Thy kingdom and tell of Thy power.— Psalm cxlv. 10, u.

H E R E is an old story, invented by the sages and handed down by memory from age to age. They say, when God had finished the world, He asked one of the angels if aught were wanting on land or on sea, in air or in heaven. The angel answered that all was perfect; one thing only he desired—speech, to praise God's works, or recount them, which would be their

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praise. T h e sincerity of truth would be their most perfect praise. A n d the Father approved the angel's words, and not long after appeared the race, gifted with the muses and with song. This is the ancient story; and in consonance with its spirit, I say: It is God's peculiar work to benefit, and His creatures' work to g i v e H i m thanks. PHILO J U D ^ U S . E T gratitude within each breast Exert its high control; Its presence, like an angel-guest, Shall sanctify the sou!.

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