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Leaves of Life - September 23


  • Karl Theodore Körner born 1791.
  • Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen born 1848.
  • Wilkie Collins died 1889.
  • M. F. H. De Haas died 1895.

When over the fair fame of friend or foe

The shadow of disgrace shall fall; instead

Of words to blame, or reproof of thus and so,

Let something good be said.

Forget not that no fellow-being yet

May fall so low but love may lift his head;

Even the cheek of shame with tears is wet

If something good be said.

—Author unknown.


The right Christian mind will ... find its own image wherever it exists; it will seek for what it loves, and draw out of all dens and caves, and it will believe in its being, often when it cannot see it; and so it will lie lovingly over the faults and rough places of the human heart, as the snow from heaven does over the hard, and black, and broken mountain rocks. 

—John Ruskin.


To him that is ready to faint kindness should be showed from his friend. 

—Job 6. 14.


Lord God, grant that after years of climbing I may not find the mist in my soul has dulled the vision of thy glory. Keep me from the habit of looking for faults, and missing the virtues in others. Forbid that I should be so occupied in taking measure of other lives that I neglect to measure my own. Amen.

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Originally published September 23, 2019.