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Leaves of Life - August 24


  • William Wilberforce born 1759.
  • William Thomas Moncrieff born 1794.
  • Theodore Parker born 1810.

Give me, Lord, eyes to behold the truth;

A seeing sense that knows the eternal right;

A heart with pity filled, and gentlest ruth;

A manly faith that makes all darkness light:

Give me the power to labor for mankind;

Make me the mouth of such as cannot speak;

Eyes let me be to groping men and blind.

—Theodore Parker.


Love's hearts are faithful, but not fond,

Bound for the just, but not beyond;

Not glad, as the low-loving herd,

Of self in other still preferred,

But they have heartily designed

The benefit of broad mankind.

And they serve men austerely,

After their own genius, clearly,

Without a false humility.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson.


Herein I also exercise myself to have a conscience void of offense toward God and men always.
—Acts 24. 16.


Heavenly Father, help me to-day to look into my heart and see the truth of my life, and show me thy heart that I may see the truth of life. Amen.

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Originally published August 24, 2019.