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Leaves of Life - September 9


  • Battle of Flodden.
  • James the Fourth of Scotland killed 1513.
  • Luigi Galvani born 1737.

Then welcome each rebuff
That turns earth's smoothness rough,
Each sting that bids nor sit, nor stand but go!
Be our joys three-parts pain!
Strive and hold cheap the strain;
Learn, nor account the pang; dare, never grudge the throe.

—Robert Browning.


Life without industry is guilt; and industry without art is brutality.
—John Ruskin.

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he hath been approved, he shall receive the crown of life.
—James 1. 12.

Almighty God, help me as I start this day to remember how easy it is to drive the peace from it. May I do my best to keep it, and defy any indolence or disposition, that may make me spoil it. May I lay me down at night in peace and sleep because of the contentment that has filled the hours. Amen.

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Originally published September 09, 2019.