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Daily Thoughts selected from the writings of Charles Kingsley by his wife   By: (1819-1875)

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Selected from the Writings OF CHARLES KINGSLEY




Printed by R. & R. CLARK, Edinburgh .

This little Volume , selected from the MS. Note books , Sermons and Private Letters , as well as from the published Works of my Husband , is dedicated to our children , and to all who feel the blessing of his influence on their daily life and thought .

F. E. K.

July 10, 1884.


Welcome, wild North easter! Shame it is to see Odes to every zephyr: Ne'er a verse to thee. . . . . . Tired we are of summer, Tired of gaudy glare, Showers soft and steaming, Hot and breathless air. Tired of listless dreaming Through the lazy day: Jovial wind of winter Turn us out to play! Sweep the golden reed beds; Crisp the lazy dyke; Hunger into madness Every plunging pike. Fill the lake with wild fowl; Fill the marsh with snipe; While on dreary moorlands Lonely curlew pipe. Through the black fir forest Thunder harsh and dry, Shattering down the snow flakes Off the curdled sky. . . . . . Come; and strong within us Stir the Viking's blood; Bracing brain and sinew: Blow, thou wind of God!

Ode to North east Wind .

New Year's Day. January 1. {3}

Gather you, gather you, angels of God Freedom and Mercy and Truth; Come! for the earth is grown coward and old; Come down and renew us her youth. Wisdom, Self sacrifice, Daring, and Love, Haste to the battlefield, stoop from above, To the day of the Lord at hand!

The Day of the Lord . 1847.

The Nineteenth Century. January 2.

Now, and at no other time: in this same nineteenth century lies our work. Let us thank God that we are here now, and joyfully try to understand where we are, and what our work is here . As for all superstitions about "the good old times," and fancies that they belonged to God, while this age belongs only to man, blind chance, and the evil one, let us cast them from us as the suggestions of an evil lying spirit, as the natural parents of laziness, pedantry, fanaticism, and unbelief. And therefore let us not fear to ask the meaning of this present day, and of all its different voices the pressing, noisy, complex present, where our workfield lies, the most intricate of all states of society, and of all schools of literature yet known.

Introductory Lecture , Queen's College . 1848.

Forward. January 3.

Let us forward. God leads us. Though blind, shall we be afraid to follow? I do not see my way: I do not care to: but I know that He sees His way, and that I see Him.

Letters and Memories . 1848.

The Noble Life. January 4.

Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever; Do noble things, not dream them all day long; And so make life, and death, and that For Ever One grand sweet song.

A Farewell . 1856.

Live in the present that you may be ready for the future.


Duty and Sentiment. January 5.

God demands not sentiment but justice . The Bible knows nothing of "the religious sentiments and emotions" whereof we hear so much talk nowadays. It speaks of Duty . "Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought to love one another."

National Sermons . 1851.

The Everlasting Harmony. January 6.

If thou art living a righteous and useful life, doing thy duty orderly and cheerfully where God has put thee, then thou in thy humble place art humbly copying the everlasting harmony and melody which is in heaven; the everlasting harmony and melody by which God made the world and all that therein is and behold it was very good in the day when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy over the new created earth, which God had made to be a pattern of His own perfection.

Good News of God Sermons . 1859.

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