Leaves of Life - December 17

DECEMBER SEVENTEENTH

  • Sir Roger L'Estrange born 1616.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven born 1770.
  • Sir Humphry Davy born 1779.
  • John Greenleaf Whittier born 1807.

The night is mother of the day,
The winter of the spring;
And ever upon old decay
The greenest mosses cling.
Behind the cloud the starlight lurks,
Through showers the sunbeams fall;
For God, who loveth all his works,
Has left his hope with all.

—John Greenleaf Whittier.

 

The sun set; but not his hope:
Stars rose; his faith was earlier up.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson.

 

What I am I have made myself.

—Sir Humphry Davy.

 

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth:
My flesh also shall dwell in safety.

—Psalm 16. 9.

 

My Father, may I never be content to pass by thy beautiful offerings and keep on in wretched despair. Save me if I may 'be inclining toward misery. Give me the spirit of repose, and help me to confide in thee as I daily seek the strength of thy love. Amen.

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