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The man of independent mind,
He looks and laughs at a' that.
A marquis, duke, and a' that;
Their dignities, and a' that,
Are higher rank than a' that.
Then let us pray that come it may,
As come it will for a' that;
It's coming yet, for a' that,
Shall brothers be for a' that.
LIFE AND DEATH
IFE! I know not what thou art,
But know that thou and I must part;
Then steal away, give little warning,
LIFE AND DEATH
Many a man would die for wife and children, for faith, for country. But would he live for them? That, often, is the more heroic course—and the more sensible. A rich man was hiring a driver for his carriage. He asked each applicant how close he could drive to a precipice without toppling over. “One foot," "Six inches,” “Three inches," ran the replies. But an Irishman declared, “Faith, and I'd keep as far away from the place as I could.” "Consider yourself employed,” was the rich man's comment.
O he died for his faith. That is fine
More than most of us do.
That he lived for it, too?
In death he bore witness at last
As a martyr to truth.
From the days of his youth?
It is easy to die. Men have died
For a wish or a whim-
Was it harder for him?
But to live: every day to live out
All the truth that he dreamt,
And the world with contempt
Was it thus that he plodded ahead,
Never turning aside ?
Never mind how he died.
Ernest H. Crosby.
From "Swords and Ploughshares,"
ON BEING READY
At nightfall after bloody Antietam Lee's army, outnumbered and exhausted, lay with the Potomac at its back. So serious was the situation that all the subordinate officers advised retreat. But Lee, though too maimed to attack, would not leave the field save of his own volition. “If McClellan wants a battle,” he declared, "he can have it.” McClellan hesitated, and through the whole of the next day kept his great army idle. The effect upon the morale of the two forces, and the two governments, can be imagined.
HE man who is there with the wallop and punch
who is trained to the minute, May well be around when the trouble begins,
But you seldom will find he is in it;
For any set part in the ramble,
And not quite attuned to the scramble.
The one who is fixed for whatever they start
Is rarely expected to prove it;
Where they take a full wind-up and groove it;
Where a quivering poodle is handy,
TWO AT A FIRESIDE
BUILT a chimney for a comrade old,
I did the service not for hope or hire-
We often lose the happiness of to-day by brooding over the sorrows of yesterday or fearing the troubles of to-morrow. This is exceedingly foolish. There is always some pleasure at hand; seize it, and at no time will you be without pleasure. You cannot change the past, but your spirit at this moment will in some measure shape your future. Live life, therefore, in the present tense; do not miss the joys of to-day.
SURE, this world is full of trouble
Reason for complaint.
Skies were often gray;
On the road-but, say,
What's the use of always weepin',
Makin' trouble last?
Thinkin' of the past?
Water with his wine.
Trouble? I've had mine
But to-day is fine.
Not a month ago,
As time wills it so.
Fell across the way;
It may rain-but, say,
THE ARROW AND THE SONG
We can calculate with fair accuracy the number of miles an automobile will go in an hour. We can gauge pretty closely the amount of merchandise a given sum of money will buy. But a good deed or a kind impulse is not measurable. Their influence works in devious ways and lives on when perhaps we can see them
I SHOT an arrow into the
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
THE INNER LIGHT
“Thrice is he armed that hath his quarrel just,
Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted," says Shakespeare. But not only does a clear conscience give power; it also gives light. With it we could sit at the center of the earth and yet enjoy the sunshine. Without it we live in a rayless prison.
E that has light within his own clear breast
But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts