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"THERE is one question which combines with the interest of speculation and curiosity an interest incomparably greater, nearer, more affecting, more solemn. It is the simple question—'WHAT SHALL WE BE?' How soon it is spoken! but who shall reply? Think how profoundly this question, this mystery, concerns us—and, in comparison with this, what are to us all questions of all sciences? What to us all researches into the constitution and laws of material nature? What-all investigations into the history of past ages? What to us—the future career of events in the progress of states and empires? What to us-what shall become of this globe itself, or all the mundane system? What WE shall be, we ourselves, is the matter of surpassing interest."

JOHN FOSTER.

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"THERE'S a wideness in God's mercy,

Like the wideness of the sea; There's a kindness in His justice, Which is more than liberty.

There is no place where earth's sorrows
Are more felt than up in heaven;
There is no place where earth's failings
Have such kindly judgment given.

There is welcome for the sinner,

And more graces for the good; There is mercy with the Saviour; There is healing in His blood.

For the love of God is broader

Than the measures of man's mind:

And the heart of the Eternal

Is most wonderfully kind.

But we make His love too narrow
By false limits of our own;
And we magnify His strictness
With a zeal He will not own.

There is plentiful redemption

In the blood that has been shed; There is joy for all the members

In the sorrows of the Head.”

From "Souls of men, why will ye scatter?"
BY F. W. FABER, D.D.

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