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Art of Life

By Mary Wilder Tileston


      Thou wilt show me the path of life; in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
      PSALMS 16:11

      LORD, it is not life to live,
      If Thy presence Thou deny;
      Lord, if Thou Thy presence give,
      'T is no longer death to die.
      Source and giver of repose,
      Singly from Thy smile it flows;
      Peace and happiness are Thine;
      Mine they are, if Thou art mine.
      A. M. TOPLADY

      WE live from day to day, as it were, by chance; and forget that human life itself is as much an Art, governed by its own rules and precepts of perfection, as the most complicated profession by which that life is maintained or adorned.
      WM. ARCHER BUTLER

      The art of life consists in taking each event which befalls us with a contented mind, confident of good. This makes us grow younger as we grow older, for youth and joy come from the soul to the body more than from the body to the soul. With this method and art and temper of life, we live, though we may be dying. We rejoice always, though in the midst of sor-rows; and possess all things, though destitute of everything.
      JAMES FREEMAN CLARKE

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