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, May 10, 2016

Judge Not

Oh, do not judge thy fellow man;
Reproachful epithets forbear;
He hath his place in Heaven's great plan;
The God, who made, hath placed him there.

He's POOR. But in his rags behold
A heart  of  pure and high intent;
And if his form is bent and old,
It  is no cause of merriment.

Perhaps he's EVIL. Let thy prayer
Implore the God of truth and grace,
That soon his footsteps may repair
To virtue's bright and better ways.

OH, DO NOT JUDGE HIM. Hadst thou been,
Cast out like him to pine and die,
Thou too, allur'd and stain'd by sin,
Hadst needed tears of sympathy.

Christ in the Soul (1872) LII.

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