The strife for triumph more than truth;
The hardening of the heart that brings
Irreverence for the dreams of youth;
Beneath our feet, if we would gain
In the bright fields of fair renown
The right of eminent domain.
One lesson, and only one, history may be said to repeat with distinctness; that the world is built somehow on moral foundations; that in the long run, it is well with the good; in the long run it is ill with the wicked.
—James Anthony Froude.
No soldier on service entangleth himself in the affairs of this life; that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier. And if also a man contend in the games, he is not crowned, except he have contended lawfully.
—2 Timothy 2. 4, 5.
Gracious Father, may my heart be mindful of thee, that I may discover the truth and possess it. Steady me in my affections and save me from wandering impulses; and may I help to put wrong down and uplift humanity. Amen.