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JANUARY 7.

The indignation towards the mention of Jesus which filled Jewish hearts during centuries of persecution, is being replaced in the modern Jewish mind by a keen appreciation of the beauty and the nobleness of character of Jesus. His wisdom, gentleness, unselfishness, and his love for humanity, are becoming better understood, so that the modern Jew looks upon Jesus as one of the greatest gifts that Israel has given to the world.

Harris Weinstock.

I would not have any one preacher give me a distaste for all others, but should choose one who will give me such relish and respect for the word of God, as may dispose me to hear it wherever preached.

Fenelon, died Jan. 7, 1715, aged 64.

JANUARY 8.

Acts of worship should generally be addressed directly to God or consist of rehearsals of truths and events, or exhortations and appeals to the heart, which are adapted to turn the heart to God.

Chanting is a form of church music so scriptural, simple, venerable, and appropriate to public worship, that it must gain favor with those who love to make melody in their hearts to the Lord.

Lowell Mason, born Jan. 8, 1792.

JANUARY 9.

There is a young lady in New Haven (Sarah Pierrepont, born January 9, 1710), who is beloved of that great Being who made the world, and there are seasons in which this Being in some way invisible comes to her, and fills her mind with exceeding delight. She has a strange sweetness in her mind, and singular purity in her affections, and you could not persuade her to do anything wrong

if you would give her all the world. She is of wonderful calmness and universal benevolence of mind, especially after this great God has manifested himself to her. She will sometimes go about from place to place singing sweetly, and seems always full of joy and pleasure. She loves to be alone walking in the fields and groves, and seems to have some One invisible always conversing with her.

Jonathan Edwards, born Oct. 5. 1703.

JANUARY 10.

As I was walking in my father's pasture, and looking upon the sky and clouds, there came into my mind so sweet a sense of the glorious majesty and grace of God as I know not how to express. I seemed to see them both in a sweet conjunction; majesty and meekness joined together; a sweet and gentle and holy majesty and a majestic meekness; an awful sweetness, a high and great and holy gentleness. I thought with myself, how happy I should be if I might enjoy that God, and be rapt up in him forever.

Jonathan Edwards, circa 1720.

JANUARY 11.

Alexander Hamilton (born Jan. 11, 1757) smote the rock of the national resources, and abundant streams of revenue gushed forth. He touched the dead corpse of public credit, and it sprang upon its feet.

Daniel Webster, born Jan. 18, 1782.

In Hamilton's death (July 12, 1804) the country experienced a loss second only to that of Washington. He possessed the same rare and lofty qualities, the same balance of soul, with less of Washington's severe simplicity, and aweinspiring presence, but more of warmth, ornament and grace.

Richard Hildreth, born June 28, 1807.

The bravest are the tenderest,
The loving are the daring.

Bayard Taylor, born Jan. II, 1825.

JANUARY 12. On January 12, 1723, I made a dedication of myself to God, and wrote it down; giving up myself and all I had to God; to be for the future in no respect my own. I soiemnly vowed to take God for my whole portion and felicity, and his law for the constant rule of my obedience, engaging to fight with all my might against the world, the flesh, and the devil, to the end of my life. I frequently used to retire on the banks of Hudson river, at some distance from the city (New York), for contemplation on divine things and secret converse with God, and had many sweet hours there.

Jonathan Edwards.

JANUARY 13.

I pray you all to live together
Like brethren; yet what hatred Christian men
Bear to each other! But do you good to all
As much as in you lieth. Hurt no man more
Than you would harm your loving natural brother
Of the same roof, same breast. If any do,
Albeit he think himself at home with God,
Of this be sure, he is whole worlds away.

Tennyson, born Jan. 12, 1809.

JANUARY 14.

(To those that own exceeding wealth)
Remember that sore saying spoken once
By him that was the Truth, 'How hard it is
For the rich man to enter into heaven;'
Let all rich men remember that hard word;
Let them flow forth in charity. Give to the poor,
Ye give to God. He is with us in the poor.

I doubt not through the ages one increasing purpose runs, And the thoughts of men are widened with the process of the suns.

Tennyson,

JANUARY 15.

Strong Son of God, immortal Love,

Whom we, that have not seen thy face,

By faith, and faith alone, embrace,
Believing where we cannot prove;

Thou seemest human and divine,

The highest, holiest manhood, thou :

Our wills are ours, we know not how:
Our wills are ours, to make them thine.

Tennyson.

JANUARY 16.

Of all God's works, which do this world adorn,

There is no one more fair and excellent Than is man's body, both for power and form,

While it is kept in sober government; But none that is more foul and indecent,

Distempered through misrule and passions base.

Every spirit, as it is most pure
And hath in it the more of heavenly light,

So it the fairer body doth procure
To habit in, and it more fairly dight
With cheerful grace and amiable sight.
For of the soul the body form doth take;
For soul is form, and doth the body make.

Edmund Spenser, died Jan. 16, 1599, aged 47.

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