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The Right to Joy

By Mary Wilder Tileston

      Because Thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of Thy wings will I rejoice.
      PSALMS 63:7

      ON our way rejoicing gladly let us go;
      Conquered hath our Leader, vanquished is our foe!
      Christ without, our safety! Christ within, our joy!
      Who, if we be faithful, can our hope destroy?
      On our way rejoicing as we homeward move,
      Hearken to our praises, O Thou God of love!
      J. B. S. MONSELL

      I CANNOT understand why those who have given themselves up to God and His goodness are not always cheerful, for what possible happiness can be equal to that? No accidents or imperfections which may happen ought to have power to trouble them, or to hinder their looking upward.

      Why should we go to heaven weeping, as if we were like to fall down through the earth for sorrow? If God were dead (if I may speak so, with reverence of Him who liveth for ever and ever,) we might have cause to look like dead folks; but "the Lord liveth, and blessed be the Rock of our salvation." None have right to joy but we; for joy is sown for us, and an ill summer or harvest will not spill the crop.

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