The Rectory of Valehead

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Smith, Elder, and Company, 1831 - 308 pages

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Page 47 - ... they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword : they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins ; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (of whom the world was not worthy) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
Page 197 - My soul hath a desire and longing to enter into the courts of the Lord : my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
Page 172 - Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear ; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house ; So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty : for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.
Page 239 - ... delivered. 7 Our help standeth in the Name of the Lord : who hath made heaven and earth. Psal. cxxv. Qui confidant. HEY that put their trust in the Lord shall be even as the mount Sion : which may not be removed, but standeth fast for ever. 2 The hills stand about Jerusalem : even so standeth the Lord round about his people, from this time forth for evermore.
Page 47 - Samuel, and of the prophets : who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
Page 15 - Oh ! great, unspeakable, is the blessedness of a godly home. Here is the cradle of the Christian ; hence he sallies forth for encounter with the world, armed at all points, disciplined in all the means of resistance, and full of hope of victory under his heavenly leader. Hither he ever afterwards turns a dutiful and affectionate look, regarding it as the type and pledge of another home; and hither...
Page 15 - ... here, when abandoned by the selfish sons of this world, he finds, as in a sanctuary, the children of God ready with open arms to receive him ; and here the returning prodigal, enfolded in the embrace of those who know not, dream not, of the impurities of the world with which he has been mixing, feels all at once his heart burst with shame and repentance. Merciful God, what a city of refuge hast thou...
Page 153 - The father may instruct," declared another writer, "but the mother instils; the father may command our reason, but the mother compels our instinct; the father may finish, but the mother must begin. The empire of the father is over the head; of the mother, over the heart.
Page 187 - Then preach'd the humble Strawberry. Behold The lowliest and least adorn'd of flowers Lies at thy feet; yet lift my leafy fold, And fruit is there unfound in gaudier bowers. So plain be thou, and meek, And when vain man shall seek, Unveil the blooming fruit of solitary hours. Then cried the Lily : Hear my mission next.
Page 186 - Then from his rocky pulpit I heard cry The Stonecrop. See how loose to earth I grow, And draw my juicy nurture from the sky. So drive not thou, fond man, thy root too low ; But loosely clinging here, From God's supernal sphere Draw life's unearthly food, catch heaven's undying glow.

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