Leaves of Life - August 9

AUGUST NINTH

  • Izaak Walton born 1593.
  • John Dryden born 1631.
  • Francis Scott Key born 1780.
  • Joseph Jacques Tissot died 1902.

All habits gather, by unseen degrees,
Brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.

—John Dryden.

 

Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream;
'Tis the star-spangled banner; O yet may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

—Francis Scott Key.

Do not be troubled because you have not great virtues. God made a million spears of grass where he made one tree.... Only have enough of little virtues and common fidelities, and you need not mourn because you are neither a hero nor a saint.
—Henry Ward Beecher.

The reward of humility and the fear of Jehovah
Is riches, and honor, and life.

—Proverbs 22. 4.

Lord God, who keepest truth to generations, and who through love and wisdom hath gathered us into nations, forgive me for what I have done that is wrong, and for what I have neglected that was right. May I give greater loyalty to my country and to thee. Amen.

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