Alfred de Musset born 1810.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich born 1836.
Rev. Joshua Brookes died 1821.
I'll not confer with Sorrow
But joy shall have her way
This very day.
—Thomas Bailey Aldrich.
Shall we have ears on the stretch for the footfalls of sorrow that never come, but be deaf to the whirr of the wings of happiness that fill all space?
This day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, punishment will overtake, us; now therefore come, let us go and tell the king's household.
—2 Kings 7. 9.
Loving Father, I pray that thou wilt help me to overcome unhappiness. May I not let depression overpower me, but claim the promises of joy that are open to every life. May I be blest by my own cheerfulness and encourage others to possess it. Amen.