Alone to the Alone: Prayers for Theists, Volume 40; Volume 707

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Frances Power Cobbe
Williams and Norgate, 1881 - Prayers - 110 pages
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Page 40 - ... single-minded, steady through good report and evil report in the task I have undertaken, caring nothing for self-glorification, but only to do as perfectly as I can the work my hand findeth to do. Let me rise each morning saying with my whole heart and mind and strength : Lo, I come to do thy will, 0 God ! Let me bear the pain and sorrows and failures of my life, as the blows and wounds the soldier must meet in battle, content to know that I fall doing my duty, and that thy purpose cannot fail....
Page 110 - Lord, I seek no heaven hereafter. I covet no abode of bliss, no outward reward above. To be with Thee is my heaven and my salvation, and the only reward I seek. As I abide in Thee now, may I continue to live in Thee, 0 Father ; and to grow in wisdom and love and purity and joy in Thee, time without end...
Page 90 - Lord, make me strong, that I may never swerve from thee. 0 thou Father of the fatherless ! 0 thou Helper of the helpless ! lay on my troubled heart thy balmy hands. Vouchsafe unto me forbearance and patience, that I may meekly suffer my calamity, and glorify thee even in the midst of tribulation. Holy God, reveal thy benign face before me, and fill me with courage and enthusiasm. Fix my heart in thee, 0 Lord, that the face of mortal man may not daunt me. Make truth dearer to me than life itself.
Page 106 - Lead me in the straight paths of simplicity and sanctity ; and may neither the flatteries nor the censures of men betray me into a devious step. And when the last dimness steals upon my eyes, and draws the veil to hide all earthly light, give me to see in the spirit the gracious angels of thy mercy ready to bear me from the scenes of time, and feel a spring of joys permanent as the numbers of eternity. And unto thee, the beginning and the end, Lord of the living, Eefuge of the dying, be thanks and...
Page 21 - ETEENAL and Holy Father, now on the eve of a new year my heart goes up to thee in thankfulness which I have no voice to utter, no words to express. 0 thou who hast hedged me round with so many evidences of thy love, I would fain render unto thee the thank-offering of grateful service for all the...
Page 52 - Fate which had thus torn from me the joy of my heart, the light of my eyes, I could not bear it. I would end my misery and lie down in the grave where my beloved one is sleeping. But it is not Fate, nor unmeaning, unintelligent Law. It is thou, 0 awful God, who hast done it. In thine absolute Justice thou hast smitten me. It is only I who suffer. My darling has gone home to thee, and is at rest. God, I submit ! Break my guilty heart, if so thou wiliest. I would not have thy justice turn aside because...
Page xvii - Nay, we conceive that we may joy in its revelations of wisdom, and its scenes of grandeur and beauty, more than other men may easily do, tracing in them something beyond the bare facts of such wisdom and beauty, even the truths to which they witness regarding a Being nearer and dearer than flower or star. But again, I repeat, all that this outer world can teach us, is but the corroboration of the lesson taught in our own hearts, and in the record of what our fellow-men have been taught in their hearts...
Page 79 - G0D, make me love thee, not only because thou fillest my life with joy, but because thou art infinitely, absolutely, unutterably good in thine own awful nature; because thou lovest all my fellows upon earth, all my brethren in the stars; and because even for me thou wilt seek better things than happiness, and guide and teach and punish me, till I am fit at last to be indeed thy child. Like the Moslem of old, I cry to thee : " Thou art to me all that I desire. Make me to thee what thou desirest, 0...
Page 16 - Mess thec, 0 my God. For the stately trees of the forest, and for the flowers which bloom over all the earth like tokens to shew that thy love is everywhere: / bless thee, 0 my God. For the sweet-singing birds, and the loving and faithful brutes whom thou hast made our humble friends; for all the creatures which fill earth and air and sea with their innocent happiness : / bless thee, 0 my God. I bless thee for the special gifts thou hast given to the race of man; for speech and writing, whereby the...
Page 65 - G0D, thou who seest my heart, thou knowest that I long for truth more than they that watch for the morning. If I do not deceive myself utterly, there is nothing on earth which I would not give to know the truth concerning thee. Surely then, 0 God, I do not sin, even when I question all things, and reject the creed to which millions, wiser and better far than I, have bowed, — the creed on whose acceptance I have been taught that my eternal life depends? 0 God, my heart bears witness for me. Weak...

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