. When the song begins. nt, however small a thing itmay seem to be, I bring all my mind andheart and strength to it. The poet bids us,if we write but one line, to make that sublime.Let us learn to bring all the strength of ourlife to the smallest details of our duty. Letus make the moments beautiful, and then thehours will be radiant and the days glorious. [114] $ip toity Christ [115] Oh, never is Loved once Thy word, thou Victim-Christ, misprized friend ! Thy cross and curse may rend,But, having loved, thou lovest to the end.This is mans saying—mans: too weak to move One sphered star above,Ma

. When the song begins. nt, however small a thing itmay seem to be, I bring all my mind andheart and strength to it. The poet bids us,if we write but one line, to make that sublime.Let us learn to bring all the strength of ourlife to the smallest details of our duty. Letus make the moments beautiful, and then thehours will be radiant and the days glorious. [114] $ip toity Christ [115] Oh, never is Loved once Thy word, thou Victim-Christ, misprized friend ! Thy cross and curse may rend,But, having loved, thou lovest to the end.This is mans saying—mans: too weak to move One sphered star above,Ma Stock Photo
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. When the song begins. nt, however small a thing itmay seem to be, I bring all my mind andheart and strength to it. The poet bids us, if we write but one line, to make that sublime.Let us learn to bring all the strength of ourlife to the smallest details of our duty. Letus make the moments beautiful, and then thehours will be radiant and the days glorious. [114] $ip toity Christ [115] Oh, never is Loved once Thy word, thou Victim-Christ, misprized friend ! Thy cross and curse may rend, But, having loved, thou lovest to the end.This is mans saying—mans: too weak to move One sphered star above, Man desecrates the eternal God-word Love By his No More and Once. Say never, Ye loved once:God is too near above, the grave beneath, And all our moments breatheToo quick in mysteries of life and deathFor such a word. The eternities avenge Affections light of range.There comes no change to justify that change, Whatever comes—Loved once! —Mrs. Browning. [116] CHAPTER TENTH tfvlmtufyip t»itl> €W&. HE ideal Christian life is apersonal friendship withJesus Christ. Yet somepersons have difficulty inunderstanding how a per-sonal friendship can beformed with one they cannot see, whose voicethey cannot hear, whose touch they cannotfeel. But friendship with Christ is not depend-ent on sight or touch or hearing. He can makeHimself known to our hearts in spiritualrevealings. One saintly man said, I knowno other friend so well as I know JesusChrist. We may find much in human friendship thatwill make friendship with Christ plain to us.It is more than mere acquaintance. There aremany who have superficial ideas about friend-ship. They will talk to you about their hostsof friends. But no one can really have a host [117] Wtyn t^e ^>ong ^Begins of friends. A quaint minister used to say thathe could fill the meeting-house with those whowere friendly to him, but that the pulpitwould hold all his friends. People tell you thatthis man and that one and the other are theirfriends. What the

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