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THE SPIRIT'S THIRST.
Witness this one fair lake, upon whose side
ART thou ambitious?-be ambitious still :
Pant for the loftiest place, and toil, and strive : Esteem no post too high for thee to fill:
Some cedars best upon the summits thrive.
Only-be careful that thou see aright:
Soar through the mists before thou gaze around: Down in the valley what thou deem'st a height, Viewed from the skies, may seem a depth pro
What is it forms true greatness? Shall we join Rank, fortune, friends, and stored and cultured
With purity of heart, the gift divine,
Which absent, all were poor, though all combined?
Then aim at these-on all beside look down:
And choose of these the highest-Oh, aspire To win and wear an everlasting crown
Of glory in the skies!-thou canst no higher.
And think but little of a glittering store
Of earthly wealth: however great thine hoard, Count it as dross-seek better wealth and more; "Riches unsearchable of Christ" the Lord.
For friends choose thou the noblest of the earth, And angels from the skies: let thine abode Open its doors to all of heavenly birth
Give loving welcome to the friends of God.
Far above all, make God himself thy friend : Like Enoch walk with Him in faith and love; Admiring grace divine that can descend
To admit even thee to fellowship above.
Nor deem enough the lore of Greece and Rome,
And oh! for purity of life and heart
Hunger and thirst, and watch and pray—be sure Thou never here from loftiest aim depart : Strive to be pure as God himself is pure.
Thus vent the ardour of thy mounting soul:
Only aright its fervid course control
And Heaven ere long thy craving heart shall fill.
"There remaineth, therefore, a rest to the people of God." HEB. IV. 9.
MAN in the morning to his work goes forth,
Christian, remember, labour is for earth,
Who now sows precious seed, tho' it may be
Shall, if he patiently await it, see
A joyous reaping.