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Lent Aims at Revival.

Lent Aims at Revival.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. J. H. HOBART, D.D.

Theee is no mark of man's imperfection
more indisputable, for there is none more
common, than his liability to become insensi-
ble to familiar truths, callous to motives that
are constantly urged upon him, and inert in
the performance of e very-day duties.
BY REV. J. H. HOBART, D.D.

Theee is no mark of man's imperfection
more indisputable, for there is none more
common, than his liability to become insensi-
ble to familiar truths, callous to motives that
are constantly urged upon him, and inert in
the performance of e very-day duties.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Mar 12, 2014
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LENT AIMS AT REVIVAL. BY REV. J. H. HOBART, D.D. Theee is no mark of man's imperfection more indisputable, for there is none more common, than his liability to become insensi-ble to familiar truths, callous to motives that are constantly urged upon him, and inert in the performance of e very-day duties. It mat-ters little as regards the exhibition of his weak-ness, what the truths, motives, and dutiesnuay be. It wdll show itself whenever the subject that seeks to occupy him does not supply its own special stimulant. There is, indeed, no likelihood of his flagging or getting tired of his object,' when engaged in the pursuit of gain. Whatever comes into his hands in the shape of worldly goods, though it be for the thon-sandth time, or in overwhelming abundance, communicates a new sensation of delight, a fresh impulse on the road to w^ealth. The sat-isfaction of his natural desires and appetites sustains itself, as the controlling principle of his life, so long as life lasts. He never tires
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86 LENT ATSIS AT REVrVAL. of the ministrations of pleasure, till health fails him, or age enfeebles liis senses; and even then, if a flash of its former light ever appears in the eye of the worn-out sensualist, it is when art concentrates the flavors of his former de-lights, and promises him once more the taste of their pungency and freshness. But when the special excitements of wealth or pleasure, for the multitude, and of power, fame, or knowl-edge for the few, do not come in, our natural tendency to indifi'erence and inaction shows itself in conspicuous and undeniable ways. No movement was ever set on foot with the expectation of its continuance, no society was ever formed with a view to permanent life and' action, that had not, sooner or later, to meet the difliculty arising from the decay of the spirit which marked the outset. The higher tlie pitch to which that spirit was raised and
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the greater the numbers of those who shared in it, the more signal if not the surer was the subsiding of zeal and the falling off of num-bers. The part of practical wisdom which the world most values, is to know where to find, and how to apply, those excitements which revive the vigor of human institutions, which make the old names sound new in the public ears, and rekindle in the bosoms of men the feelings that either blazed so fiercely at first LENT AIMS AT REVIVAL. 87 as soon to burn out, or that went gradually smouldering down amid their own ashes. Thus it is with human nature in respect to objects of mere earthly interest. It often needs to be sustained and revived in the pur-suit of them. It lacks in itself the principle of perseverance. It ceases to regard them as attractive in the degree required to overcome
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