The life of those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High may be called a Hidden Life, because the animating principle, the vital or operative element, is not so much in itself as in another. It is a life grafted into another life. It is the life of the soul, incorporated into the life of Christ; and in such a way, that, while it has a distinct vitality, it has so very much in the sense, in which the branch of a tree may be said to have a distinct vitality from the root.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Entire Consecration

If men of earth, for earth's renown,
Are willing long to wait or toil,
Nor shrink to lay existence down
Upon the war-field's bloody soil;­

If there is nought they'll not endure,
If there is nought they will not dare,
To make their hopes, their purpose sure,
Their wealth to gain, their wreath to wear;-

Oh, say, shall we, who bear a name
That intimates our heavenly birth,
Behold our efforts put to shame,
When placed beside the zeal of earth?

'Tis Jesus calls. For his dear sake,
If they their all for earth have given,
Oh, let us haste his cross to take,
And give our hearts, our all for heaven.

American Cottage Life (1850).

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