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I know that yonder Pharisee
Thanks God that he is not like me;
In my humiliation dressed,
I only stand and beat my breast,
And pray for human charity.

Not to one church alone, but seven,
The voice prophetic spake from heaven:
And unto each the promise came,
Diversified, but still the same;
For him that overcometh are
The new names written on the stone,
The raiment white, the crown, the throne,
And I will give him the Morning Star !

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For others a diviner creed
Is living in the life they lead.
The passing of their beautiful feet
Blesses the pavement of the street,
And all their looks and words repeat
Old Fuller's saying, wise and sweet,

Not as a vulture, but a dove,
The Holy Ghost came from above.

H. W. Longfellow.



THE Banyan of the Indian isle

1 Spreads deeply down its massive root, And spreads its branching life abroad,

And bends to earth, with scarlet fruit ; But when the branches reach the ground,

They firmly plant themselves again : They rise and spread and droop and root,

An ever green and endless chain.

And so the Church of Jesus Christ,

The blessed Banyan of our God, Fast-rooted upon Zion's mount,

Has sent its sheltering arms abroad; And every branch that from it springs,

In sacred beauty spreading wide, As low it bends to bless the earth,

Still plants another by its side.

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NE baptism and one faith,

One Lord below, above,
The fellowship of Zion hath

One only watchword, — Love.
From different temples though it rise,
One song ascendeth to the skies.

Our sacrifice is One ;

One priest before the throne, —
The crucified, the risen Son,

Redeemer, Lord alone !
And sighs from contrite hearts that spring,
Our chief, our choicest offering.

O why should they who love

One Gospel to unfold,
Who look for one bright home above,

On earth be strange and cold ?

Why, subjects of the Prince of Peace,
In strife abide, and bitterness ?

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Head of Thy Church beneath,

The Catholic, — the true, -
On her disjointed members breathe,

Her broken frame renew !
Then shall Thy perfect will be done
When Christians love and live as one.

E. Robinson.

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ALL-SEEING God ! 't is Thine to know
M1 The springs whence wrong opinions Aow;
To judge, from principles within,
When frailty errs, and when we fin.

Who among men, great Lord of all,
Thy servant to his bar shall call ?
Judge him, for modes of faith, thy foe,
And doom him to the realms of woe?

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If wrong, correct; accept, if right;
While faithful, we improve our light,
Condemning none, but zealous still
To learn and follow all thy will.



NE Father, God, we own ;

One Spirit evermore ; One Christ, with manger, cross, and throne,

The Light, the Way, the Door.

In souls we hail his birth ;

’T is now he comes again ; His kingdom is the convert Earth,

His Church all faithful men.

The Scriptures thus we read;

Of strangest powers compiled,
To mould the heart and clear the creed

Of earth's frail, clouded child.

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