Matthew Pryor born 1664.
William Lord Russell beheaded 1683.
Robert Burns died 1796.
Our heaven must be within ourselves,
Our home and heaven the work of faith
And thro' this race of life which shelves
Downward to death.
While over all a dome must spread,
And love shall be that dome above;
And deep foundations must be laid,
And these are love.
If happiness has not her seat
And center in the breast,
We may be wise or rich or great,
But never can be blest.
Keep thy heart with all diligence; For out of it are the issues of life.
My Father, if I choose to be unhappy and miserable, may I not be to myself and friends as "a harp with one string." Help me to free myself from thinking and anticipating things that keep me from the pleasure that I might receive and give. May I have more trust in my friends and in thee. Amen.