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    Art thou a child, and hast added one furrow to the brow of care? Art thou a husband, and hast pierced 21the heart venturing its all of happiness to thy keeping? Art thou a wife, and hast bowed the o’erburdened head of thy husband? Hast thou a friend, and forgettest to be 24grateful? Remember, that for all this thou alone canst and must atone. Carelessly or remorselessly thou mayest have sent along the ocean of events a wave that will some 27time flood thy memory, surge dolefully at the door of conscience, and pour forth the unavailing tear.

    Change and the grave may part us; the wisdom that 30might have blessed the past may come too late. One 340 340:1backward step, one relinquishment of right in an evil hour, one faithless tarrying, has torn the laurel from many 3a brow and repose from many a heart. Good is never the reward of evil, and vice versa.

    There is no excellence without labor; and the time to 6work, is now. Only by persistent, unremitting, straightforward toil; by turning neither to the right nor to the left, seeking no other pursuit or pleasure than that which 9cometh from God, can you win and wear the crown of the faithful.

    That law-school is not at fault which sends forth a 12barrister who never brings out a brief. Why? Because he followed agriculture instead of litigation, forsook Blackstone for gray stone, dug into soils instead of delv15ing into suits, raised potatoes instead of pleas, and drew up logs instead of leases. He has not been faithful over a few things.

18    Is a musician made by his teacher? He makes himself a musician by practising what he was taught. The conscientious are successful. They follow faithfully; 21through evil or through good report, they work on to the achievement of good; by patience, they inherit the promise. Be active, and, however slow, thy success is sure: 24toil is triumph; and — thou hast been faithful over a few things.

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