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  Be not Anxious  


"Be careful for nothing," Phil. iv. 6.

    Of all the precepts in the Book
        By word of inspiration given,
    That bear the import, tone, and look
        Of messages direct from heaven,
From Revelation back to Genesis
Is nothing needed half so much as this.

    Ah, well the great apostle spake
        In admonition wise and kind,
    Who bade humanity forsake
        The petty weaknesses that bind
The spirit like a bird with pinioned wings,
That to a broken bough despairing clings.

    Were all undue anxiety
        Eliminated from desire,
    Could feverish fears and fancies be
        Consumed on some funeral pyre,
Like holy hecatomb or sacrifice,
'Twould be accepted up in Paradise.

    Could this machinery go on
        Without the friction caused by fret,
    What greater loads were lightly drawn,
        More easily were trials met;
Then might existence be with blessings rife,
And lengthened out like Hezekiah's life.

    Oh, be not anxious; trouble grows
        When cherished like a secret grief;
    It is the worm within the rose
        That eats the heart out leaf by leaf;
And though the outer covering be fair,
The weevil of decay is busy there.

    In deep despondency to pine,
        Or vain solicitude,
    Is to deny this truth divine
        That God is great and good;
That he is Ruler over earth and Heaven,
And so disposes and makes all things even.

       - Hattie Howard

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