Poems Sacred and Secular

Poems Sacred and Secular

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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...and the brave. The character for truth and goodness stands Above all others, and respect commands; We all admire it, and wherever shewn, Its sterling merit are compelled to own. It is as precious ointment poured forth, Pleasant, inviting, and of priceless worth. A nation's real greatness, we are told, Consists not in its silver or its gold, Its mighty armies skilled in arts of war, Or navies brave to guard us near or far; In truth and right a nation's greatness lies, By these alone can nations truly rise, By these their purity and power maintain, Or lasting and unfading honour gain. As 'tis with nations, so it is with men; History confirms it o'er and o'er again; Proving 'tis goodness makes men truly great, And gives to character its real weight. Security, prosperity, and might, Are ever yoked with purity and right. An honest character all men require, And greatly those who purpose climbing higher. Who, knowingly, would place a knave in trust, Or power and influence give to men unjust? He who a stainless character can boast Needs fear no foe, nor quail before a host; He, who with mind at ease and manly tread, Among his peers can boldly lift his head; Though hard may be his toil, harder his fare, He treasure has of good beyond compare. For every station, and for every post, The thing that's wanted, yea, and wanted most, Is character; and this, with sense and skill, Will qualify each honoured post to fill. They who have this need only one thing more--God's grace--and these will form an ample store; Enrich and purify, and clothe with might, And make them heroes in defence of right, As Paul, and Luther, and a host beside, Who bravely fought for truth, and for it died. May each of us a reputation gain For good, and nobly each that good...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236742044
  • 9781236742049