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The Dawn

No time of the day is so pregnant with thought as the early morning when the dawn is breaking.

It is good to rise early and take a walk in the country, or up into the hills above the town. From these wooded hills you can see the lamps being put out in the town, although it is still dark, but a faint glow in the east, growing ever brighter and stronger, proclaims the coming dawn.

Very gradually the light becomes stronger, and soon its rays are penetrating every shadow, dispelling all the gloom and darkness. The glow in the east increases and extends over the sky, surrounding objects become more discernible and soon the daylight is again with us.

Then there comes a hush, when all nature is still and seems to wait expectant and ready to greet the sun as soon as his bright golden rim shall appear above the horizon. He soon makes his presence felt, disperses and dissolves the mists the dawn had brought to view but failed to clear, and mounts upward toward the zenith, growing ever warmer and brighter.

The dawn is optimistic and inspiring, and brings courage and hope to the beholder.

It is the very thing which is needed to give one a start for the new day. It obliterates the past, illumines the present, and brightens the future outlook. It is prophetic of the time when men will no longer be listeners and followers, but knowers, doers, and sayers; when they will be true to the light that is in them, and obey that instead of merely listening to anothers precepts, or imitating the words or conduct of others; when they will ignore the outward earth-lamps of others' guidance—for the words and examples of other men are but as lamps compared to the Sunlight of the Spirit within—and will be guided only by that heavenly light which will glow more brilliant within, and become steady, permanent, and abiding. Then shall the spirit of man be born anew within, and a glorious day will have commenced.

lf it is pleasant to watch the dawn of day, it is still more pleasant and interesting to watch the dawn of a new and better age as it steals over the world of men, and it may be seen by all who have the eyes to see.

"Its coming yet for a' that,
That man to man, the warld o'er
Shall brothers be for a' that!"

For the world the dawn is awake and is progressing towards the brighter day and the new time. Poets and writers are singing to welcome its advent. Religionists and reformers are rousing the people from slumber. Rays of heavenly light are penetrating the shadows where no light was, and men are beginning to stand and walk alone.

The lesser lights which lighten our darkness now,—books, creeds, societies, and the leaders of men—will wane as the stars wane before the growing day, for each man will become his own teacher and helper, and the great Light of Universal Truth shall rise to set no more.

Man is evolving from the ignoble and base to the noble and excellent; from the darkness and folly of sin and self to the Light of Love and Righteousness; from the night of sorrow and unrest to the day of peace and joy.

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