- Chevalier de Bayard killed 1524.
- Sir John Lubbock born 1834.
- James Montgomery died 1854.
- David Livingstone died 1873.
And dream we ne'er shall see them more;
But for a thousand years
Their fruit appears
In weeds that mar the land.
And there came up a sweet perfume
From the unseen flowers below,
Like the savor of virtuous deeds,
Of deeds done long ago.
Mary therefore took a pound of ointment of pure nard, very precious, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.
—John 12. 3.
My Father, I pray that it may be mine to have the recollection of happy deeds, and not the memory of unkept promises. Help me to remember that one act is worth a thousand intentions, and that memory is the storehouse that supplies old age. Make me careful of my memory, that it may not be burdened. Amen.