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influence, but something more systematic is required ; changes are not always good, they should be under the guidance of reason and moral sense. The reform movement has a twofold object, to eradicate prevailing ovils, and to prevent new evils. The former is at present very important, and it needs more resolute action, more practical endeavours than are usually to be found. The second object must also be carefully aimed at. Bad practices, such as drunkenness, should be condemned in no measured terms." *
Our deliberate conviction has grown upon us with every effort, that it is only a religious revival that can furnish sufficient moral strength to work out the complex social problems which demand our attention. Only a religious revival, a revival not of forms, but of sincere earnestness which constitutes true religion, can effect the desired end.
-M. G. RANADE,
Steadily, steadily, step by step,
Up the venturous Builders go,
Thus the loftiest temples grow.
The Artist toils at his task alway;
Giving it ever, with infinite care,
Till, little by little, the picture grows,
That evermore in the world have place.
* From the address reported in the Indian Magazine and Review.
Thus with the Poet-hour after hour
He listens to catch the fairy chimes That ring in his soul; then, with magic power,
He weaves their melody into his rhymes ; Slowly, carefully, word by word,
Line by line and thought by thought, He fastens the golden tissue of song
And thus are immortal anthems wrought. Every wise observer knows
Every watchful gazer sees Nothing grand or beautiful grows,
Save by gradual, slow degrees. Ye who toil with a purpose high,
And fondly the proud result await, Murmur not, as the hours go by,
That the season is long, the harvest late; Remember that brotherhood, strong and true,
Bailders and Artists and Bards sublime, Who lived in the Past, and worked like you,
Worked and waited a wearisome time. Dark and cheerless and long their night
Yet they patiently toiled at the task begun, Till, lo! through the clouds broke that morning
light Which shines on the soul when success is won !
DROOP NOT UPON YOUR WAY.
For general good designed;
To benefit your kind !
Mark out the path ye fain would tread,
The game ye mean to play;
And if it be an honest one,
Keep steadfast on your way!
The points ye most desire,
Plod on and do not tire :
Obstructions, too, may crowd your path,
In threatening, stern array, Yet Ainch not: fear not: they may prove
Mere shadows in your way.
The germs of religion exist in us all. We have, each of us, the spiritual eye to see, the mind to know, the heart to love, the will to obey God. We have a Spiritual Nature that may bear the image of Divine Perfection. Glorious privilege! Let us not cast it away. Let us not waste our souls on perishable objects.
- REV. CHANNING.
Every human heart has its religious yearnings, it has a hunger for religion which sooner or later wants to be satisfied,
Religion consists in the perception of the infinite under such manifestations as are able to influence the moral character of man.
Religion is that which binds the mind of man to God: it regulates the course of our feelings and actions in reference to God, just as filial duty expresses the regulation of the feelings and actions of children in reference to their parents, or conjugal duty expresses the regulation of feelings and actions between husbands and wives.*
And the type or ideal of religion is the complete surrender of the heart, and strength, and soul, and
• From The Young Wife.
mind of man to Deity. Only a religion, which admits of a full communion of the reason, affection, and will of the worshipper with the object of his worship-only a religion, which presents an object of worship capable of eliciting the entire devotion of the worshipper's nature, and at the same time of ennobling, enlarging, fining, and satisfying that nature-fully realises the idea of religion, or in other words, can claim to be a perfect religion. *
Think of religion from the very first, removing all
guilt from the heart; Religion consists in what prevents us from falling
into sin. Truthfulness, fellow-feeling, austerities, and purity
are the four legs on which religion stands ; The mode of life of that man is best whose heart
contains these. Superstition, vanity, bad company, and lying are the
four legs of impiety; Of these if lying takes possession of the body, piety
is destroyed. If truthfulness dwells in the heart, true ideas are
suggested; The intellect is expanded and God takes us under
his care. Truthful people having good knowledge com
mand much glory and respect; And their fair fame is much increased in the world
which praises them. The sovereign places confidence in them and leaves
precious treasure under their charge ;
• From Theism by Rev. Dr. Robert Flint.