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Light is good, and a pleasant thing it is to behold the sun. Yet far dearer than outward peace, far sweeter than inward consolation, is that, the ever-during stay, the solace of the Christian's heart, the imperishable root of which all else that gladdens it is but the bloom and odour; the dry tree that shall flourish when every green tree of delight and of desire fails. It is to the Cross that the heart must turn for that which will reconcile it to all conflicts, all privations.
References. XVIII. 1, 2. G. Jackson, Christian World Pulpit, vol. liv. 1898, p. 401.
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