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Joshua the Servant of Moses.

Joshua the Servant of Moses.

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Published by glennpease

BY JOHN BUSTAED.


In conduct, character is seen,
Not in men's outward state :
The highest noble may be mean ;
The lowest servant great.

BY JOHN BUSTAED.


In conduct, character is seen,
Not in men's outward state :
The highest noble may be mean ;
The lowest servant great.

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JOSHUA THE SERVAT OF MOSES. BY JOH BUSTAED. In conduct, character is seen, ot in men's outward state : The highest noble may be mean ; The lowest servant great. When servants fill their stations well. With faithfulness and zeal; In tempers, words, and deeds excel ; Their mark, their master's weal ; Continued effort to improve, In knowledge, wisdom, grace, Acquires for them esteem and love, — Prepares for higher place, Which God, and men, who know their worth, Desire that they should fill ; And, passing by their lowly birth, Promote them with good-will. Thus Joshua, the son of un, Serv'd Moses with good grace: Yes -from the day he first began, Till call'd to take his place. He deem'd not service slavery, — or even a hard race.He spouted not — " Equality ! In labour ! — wealth ! — and place ! If, while adoring the Supreme, Equality appeared ; As both were servants unto Him, And both, alike revered ;
 
It ceas'd with worship, — then each knew, His master's — servant's place ; Was prompt to yield the homage due, To show the approving face. From loose familiarity , Which thoughtless servants show, Revering Joshua was free : — His love was mix'd with awe. His walk display'd no stilts of pride, In lofty look — or word : He never to his master cried " My brother I "—but—" My lord ! " As Joshua's integrity, Must to himself be known ; A righteous self-complacency, Would make true peace his own. Heavn's witness to his righteousness, Would also give him joy, And make him happy in his place, With master — and employ. He thought not — he had serv'd so long- And now was getting old ; — That no advancement must be wrong . That he must be more bold, — And claim preferment : — no, — for he Was modest, — had good sense, — Had patience, — true humility, And faith in providence. Time — no destructive war can wage With self — is true to Truth : — Plods not with leaden feet of age ; or flies with wings of youth : —
 
Time — at its moment's fulness, came ; And God made known His will ; That Joshua should rise to fame, — His master's place should fill. o murmuring word from Moses fell, When called to resign His post, hecause he knew so well, The order was divine:. And Joshua would not display A feign'd humility, In speechless awe, — and spun delay, — And canting strain, — " Why me ? " Brave men dispute not, but obey, Superiors commands : onejwrtfa honour, with, a M ay," Who rightly understands. So thus these brave and pious men, Gave up their wills to God ; One almost saw a seeptre then, — The other, — " heard a rod" o trickery's supplanting art, or violence to force, Obliged a matter to depart, And with a servant's curse. The servant took, with peace and awe, What God and man bestow'd : ot fain to rise above the Law, He meet subjection show'd. Averse from mirth, and pageantry, He bow'd before the Lord ; And let the congregation see, That he rever'd His word.

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