- Sir Martin Frobisher died 1594.
- William Stukeley born 1687.
- Friedrich Leopold, Count von Stolberg, born 1750.
Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side;
Some great cause, God's new Messiah offering each the bloom or blight,
Parts the goats upon the left hand, and the sheep upon the right;
And the choice goes by forever 'twixt that darkness and that light.
--James Russell Lowell.
We cannot command veracity at will; the power of seeing and reporting truly is a form of health that has to be delicately guarded, and as an ancient rabbi has solemnly said, "The penalty of untruth is untruth."
Behold, this only have I found: that God made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
--Ecclesiastes 7. 29.
My Father, help me to speak the truth and guard the truth, that righteousness may be an abiding influence in my life. Amen.