C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.
Wm. M. Punshon
Dont aim at any impossible heroisms. Strive rather to be quiet in your own sphere. Dont live in the cloudland of some transcendental heaven; do your best to bring the glory of a real heaven down, and ray it out upon your fellows in this work-day world. Seek to make trade bright with a spotless integrity, and business lustrous with the beauty of holiness.
God has taught in the Scriptures the lesson of a universal brotherhood, and man must not gainsay the teaching. Shivering in the ice-bound or scorching in the tropical regions; in the lap of luxury or in the wild hardihood of the primeval forest; belting the globe in a tired search for rest, or quieting through life in the heart of ancestral woods; gathering all the decencies around him like a garment, or battling in fierce raid of crime against a world which has disowned him, there is an inner humanness which binds me to that man by a primitive and indissoluble bond. He is my brother, and I cannot dissever the relationship. He is my brother, and I cannot release myself from the obligation to do him good.
Let it be ours to be self-reliant amidst hosts of the vacillatingreal in a generation of triflerstrue amongst a multitude of shams; when tempted to swerve from principle, sturdy as an oak in its maintenance; when solicited by the enticement of sinners, firm as a rock in our denial.
Never more than to-day were needed the men of calm and resolute faith. Brothers, to your knees and to your ranks! To your knees in humblest supplication; to your ranks in steadfast bravery which no foe can cause to quail. Stand forth in courage and in gentleness for the truth which you believe to be allied to Freedom and Progress and God. Be so strong that you are not afraid to be just. Cherish a tender humanity and a catholic heart. Then take your stand, calm and moveless as the stars.
One great want of the times is a commanding ministrya ministry of a piety at once sober and earnest, and of mightiest moral power. Give us these men, full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, who will proclaim old truths with new energy, not cumbering them with massive drapery nor hiding them beneath piles of rubbish. Give us these men! men of sound speech, who will preach the truth as it is in Jesus, not with faltering tongue and averted eye, as if the mind blushed at its own credulitynot distilling into it an essence so subtle and so speedily decomposed that a chemical analysis alone can detect the faint odor which tells it has been therebut who will preach it apostlewise, that is, first of all, at once a principle shrined in the heart and a motive mighty in the lifethe source of all morals and the inspiration of all charitythe sanctifier of every relationship, and the sweetener of every toil. Give us these men! men of zeal untiringwhose hearts of constancy quail not although dull men sneer, and proud men scorn, and timid men blush, and cautious men deprecate, and wicked men revile.
Wearily have the years passed, I know; wearily to the pale watcher on the hill who has been so long glazing for the daybreak; wearily to the anxious multitudes who have been waiting for his tidings below. Often, has the cry gone up through the darkness, Watcher, what of the night? and often has the disappointing answer come, It is night still; here the stars are clear above me, but they shine afar, and yonder the clouds lower heavily, and the sad night winds blow. But the time shall come, and perhaps sooner than we look for it, when the countenance of that pale watcher shall gather into intenser expectancy, and when the challenge shall be given, with the hopefulness of a nearer vision, Watcher, what of the night? and the answer will come, The darkness is not so dense as it was; there are faint streaks on the horizons verge; mist is in the valleys, but there is a radiance on the distant hill. It comes nearerthat promise of the day. The clouds roll rapidly away, and they are fringed with amber and gold. It is, it is the blest sunlight that I feel around meMorning! It is morning!