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St. John, vii. 24.


St. John, vii. 24.

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Published by: glennpease on Oct 03, 2013
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JUDGE RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT.CHAUNCY H. TOWNSHEND.St. John, vii. 24.Our thoughts of God are taken from our own ;Oh, that from God we rather would take ours !Then would our justice rule with kindlier powers, And the deep debt would not aside be thrownStates owe unto their children ! not aloneUnto the good — but to the very worstBy whom the writhing social flame is curst.Then, till we could past negligence atone —Till we could say we had done all for all,To teach and to reclaim — we should, in ruth,Suppress the gibbet, and with milder thrallBind hearts ; win back to self-respect and truthThe dark abandon' d Pariahs of mankind, And learn — true justice is not cold, or blind.46 SERMONS TN SOCKETS."A NEW COMMANDMENT I GIVE UNTO YOU, THAT YE LOVE ONE ANOTHER."St. John, xiii. 34.Mek do indeed paint Human Justice blind,Through bandaged sight ; and truly. But the dayIs coming, when the fillet snatch' d awayShall give her eyes with equitable mindOn her own scales to gaze, and for mankindTo poise them rightly. Then by clearer rayWill she her study-book — man's soul — survey ; And Christ's great law upon her frontlet bind.Now, ignorant of Nature as of Grod,Not yet we learn that terrors ne'er deter,But harden and attract. That the brute rod
Makes rebels, but not children. That all fear Instruction mars. That mortals to amend,First we must show ourselves indeed their friend.SEBMONS IN SONNETS. 47IX."upholding all things by the word of his power."Hebrew 8,Since all things are, O Glod, upheld by Thee, And Thou canst never quite withdraw Thyself From any work of Thine, else o'er the shelf Of being it would fall, and nothing be ;Canst Thou uphold an endless misery ?Canst Thou for ever feed the ravening wolf,Eemorse ; gaze ever on Hell's boiling gulf?That were indeed a dread eternity !But, no ! Even we, who over judgment-hallsRiot, and hold unfeeling festivals,Would crush an insect writhing at our feetTo put it out of pain. Oh, then, 'tis sureIf Thou, to make some mighty scheme complete,Permittest 111 to live — Thou know'st the euro.

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