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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY J. R. MILLER

Gentleness is a beautiful quality. It is es-
sential to all true character. Nobody admires
ungentleness in man or woman. When a man is
harsh, cold, unfeeling, unkind, rude and rough in
his manner, no one speaks of his fine spirit.
When a woman is loud-voiced, dictatorial, petu-
lant, given to speaking bitter words and doing un-
kindly things, no person is ever heard saying of
her, " What a lovely disposition she has ! " She
may have many excellent qualities, and may do
much good, but her ungentleness mars the beauty
of her character.

No man is truly great who is not gentle. Cour-
age and strength and truth and justness and
righteousness are essential elements in a manly
character ; but if all these be in a man and gentle-
ness be wanting, the life is sadly flawed.
BY J. R. MILLER

Gentleness is a beautiful quality. It is es-
sential to all true character. Nobody admires
ungentleness in man or woman. When a man is
harsh, cold, unfeeling, unkind, rude and rough in
his manner, no one speaks of his fine spirit.
When a woman is loud-voiced, dictatorial, petu-
lant, given to speaking bitter words and doing un-
kindly things, no person is ever heard saying of
her, " What a lovely disposition she has ! " She
may have many excellent qualities, and may do
much good, but her ungentleness mars the beauty
of her character.

No man is truly great who is not gentle. Cour-
age and strength and truth and justness and
righteousness are essential elements in a manly
character ; but if all these be in a man and gentle-
ness be wanting, the life is sadly flawed.

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A GENTLE HEARTBY J. R. MILLER, D.D.The battle was over. Two mighty armies hadmet in terrific conflict, and the earth had quiveredbeneath the shock. Great destinies had beendecided.After the battle, gentle women came upon thefield, and went quietly and quickly among thewounded and dying with water and wine and food,and words of cheer and kindness.There was diviner power in the ministry of these angels of comfort who came after the battle,when all was still, than in the awful force of thebattle itself.We are strong only as we are gentle. Gentle-ness is the power of God working in the world.J. R. M.Philadelphia.Thy gentleness hath made me great.David.The Lord's servant must . . . be gentle towards all.St. Paul.
 
He shall not cry aloud, nor lift up his voice,Nor cause it to he heard in the street.The bruised reed shall he not break,And the glimmering flax shall he not quench.He vjas so tender ivith fragile things,He saw the sparrow ivith broken wings.A GENTLE HEART.Gentleness is a beautiful quality. It is es-sential to all true character. Nobody admiresungentleness in man or woman. When a man isharsh, cold, unfeeling, unkind, rude and rough inhis manner, no one speaks of his fine spirit.When a woman is loud-voiced, dictatorial, petu-lant, given to speaking bitter words and doing un-kindly things, no person is ever heard saying of her, " What a lovely disposition she has ! " Shemay have many excellent qualities, and may domuch good, but her ungentleness mars the beautyof her character.No man is truly great who is not gentle. Cour-age and strength and truth and justness andrighteousness are essential elements in a manlycharacter ; but if all these be in a man and gentle-ness be wanting, the life is sadly flawed. Wemight put the word gentleness into St. Paul's5
 
6A GENTLE HEART.wonderful sentences and read them thus : '^ If Ispeak with the tongues of men and of angels, buthave not gentleness, I am become sounding brass,or a clanging cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowl-edge; and if I have all faith, so as to removemountains, but have not gentleness, I am nothing.And if I bestow all my goods to feed the poor,and if I give my body to be burned, but have notgentleness, it profiteth me nothing."A beautiful legend says that one day the angelof the flowers— the angel whose charge it is tocare for the adorning of the flowers— lay andslept beneath the shade of a rose-bush. Awakingfrom his sweet rex)ose refreshed, he whispered tothe rose,— " O fondest object of my care,Still fairest found where all are fair ;For the sweet shade thou gavest meAsk what thou wilt, 'tis granted thee."The rose requested that another grace might begiven to it. The angel thought in silence whatgrace there was in all his gifts and adornmentswhich the rose had not already. Then he threwa veil of moss over the queen of the flowers, and aA GENTLE HEART.7moss-rose hung its head before him, most beauti-ful of all roses. If any Christian, even the Christ-liest, would pray for a new charm, an added graceof character, it may well be for gentleness. This

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