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First-day thoughts.

in calm and cool and silence, once again
     I find my old accustomed place among
My brethren, where, perchance, no human tongue
     Shall utter words; where never hymn is sung,
Nor deep-toned organ blown, nor censer swung,
     Nor dim light falling through the pictured pane!
There, syllabled by silence, let me hear
     The still small voice which reached the prophet's ear;
Read in my heart a still diviner law
     Than Israel's leader on his tables saw!
There let me strive with each besetting sin,
     Recall my wandering fancies, and restrain
The sore disquiet of a restless brain;
     And, as the path of duty is made plain,
May grace be given that I may walk therein,
     Not like the hireling, for his selfish gain,
With backward glances and reluctant tread,
     Making a merit of his coward dread,
But, cheerful, in the light around me thrown,
     Walking as one to pleasant service led;
Doing God's will as if it were my own,
     Yet trusting not in mine, but in His strength alone!


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