—St. John ix. 4, R.V.
Work while 'tis called the day; for when the night
Has cast its shadow o'er the earth, no man
Can do correctly what requires the light:
He thus subverts the law of nature's plan.
But not the quantity of work we do,
Nor yet the hours in weary toil we spend,
For others' seeming good, will be deemed true,
If toward self-praise our toiling footsteps tend.
For 'tis the Spirit that must e'er control
Our actions and intentions; they must be
Free from all selfishness. The very soul
Within must guide the work in purity.
The Father watches with All-seeing eye:
And will reprove or truly justify.
—Rev. A. Oxenden, D. D.