Observations on Early Rising and on Early Prayer

Observations on Early Rising and on Early Prayer

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1828 edition. Excerpt: ...for it at court; though we toil for it in the fields, dig for it in the bowels of the earth, fight for it on the ensanguined plain, or brave for it the storms and tempests of the boisterous deep; though it be for this that the heart is envenomed by hatred, the hands defiled with blood; though for wealth we pierce our hearts with sorrows, endanger our life, or prostitute our conscience; it is not, after all. so valuable a talent as time; so necessary an instrument for working out our salvation as the hours which are prodigally consumed in sleep, or so great a blessing as purity of mind and body; and that is best promoted and attained by rising early. The calmness and composure, the satisfaction and joy that the morning hours can bestow, are blessings freely offered to every man; but the attainment of our rash desires is not in our power, though we follow wherever interest may inveigle or passion transport us. How much wiser is it, then, (especially since we can only merit the favour of the Almighty by moving with fidelity and vigour in the circle which he has allotted us, ) to appreciate and thankfully avail ourselves of those enjoyments which are within our reach, than to grasp at that which, though attained, will not long prove the source of enjoyment! For if there be no earthly enjoyment of which we do not soon grow indifferent or weary; nothing which can satisfy man's insatiable and restless heart: if the greatest confluence of worldly blessings that ever yet was showered by all-bountiful Providence on the head of the most favoured of mankind was "Vanity;" if there be still some " thistly sorrow" by the side of the fairest of flowery pleasures; some canker at the most joyous heart; some " dead fly" in the...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236817419
  • 9781236817419