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Procrastination is the thief of time.
Do not delay the work of to-day to the morrow.
Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise ;
gone, Which runs, and, as it runs, for ever will run on.
Never defer that until to-morrow which you can do to-day.
One half the evils in our way
Are the result of waiting
To do our work, debating
From future duties, choosing
Thus precious moments losing.
And then how great the sorrow,
To find the work of yesterday
Has come with its to-morrow !
It is never too late to mend, to mend,
In thought, in word, and deed ; Never too late to lend a hand
In a brother's sorest need ;
Who happy secrets keep,
To weep with those who weep.
If you have a work to do,
Wait not till to-morrow. Putting oft from day to day
Brings but care and sorrow. Let no short but precious hour
Pass you by unheeded, But while time is given you
Do the work that's needed.
When you have the golden chance,
Help some needy brother ; For each blessing you bestow
God will give you another.
God to you has given ;
Choicer gifts from Heaven.
Whatsoe'er you find to do
For yourself or neighbour, Do it now, no other time
Is given you for labour.
And when toils and cares are over,
And earth's ties you sever,
“ Come and rest for ever.”
WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO-DAY ?
We shall do so much in the years to come,
But what have we done to-day ?
But what did we give to-day ?
But what did we speak to-day?
We shall be so kind in the after-while,
But what have we been to-day ?
But what have we brought to-day ?
But whom have we fed to-day ?
We shall reap such joys in the by-and-by,
But what have we sown to-day?
But what have we built to-day?
-NIXON WATERMAN. 117. PROMISE.
Speak as you mean, do as you profess, and perform what you promise.
Let your promises be sincere, and within the compass of your ability.
Be slow to promise, and quick to perform.
Promise little, and do much,
We promise according to our hopes, we perform according to our fears.
What should you keep after you have given it to another? Ans. Word.
He, who often swears, distrusts his own word.
A promise should be given with caution, and kept with care.
It should be made by the heart; and remembered by the head.
A hero's valour does not diminish at all,
Shaivya, a king whom earth obeyed,
KING SHAIVYA AND THE SUPPLIANT DOVE.
(The following is a free version of a very ancient story which occurs more than once in the Mahâbhârata, and is referred to in the Râmâyana.)
Chased by a hawk there came a dove
With worn and weary wing,
Of Kâshi’s mighty King (Shaivya).
And laid her on his breast,
Rest, pretty eggborn, rest!
With golden harvests gay,
Ere I my guest betray.'
The hawk was close behind,
Came swooping down the wind :
'Tis not for thee to shield : 'Tis mine by right and toilsome flight
O'er hill and dale and field.
Translated by Griffith.