Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, May 01, 1877, Page 124, Image 4

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AlTLAUSE.
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yet nchicvcil in our work, while ambition
and aspiration give a new incentive, and
change the results of our labors.
Some choose for their woof, idleness;
others, industry. The forinei bring forth
as the fruits of their weaving, sin, crime
and misery, in different figures and col
ors. The latter produce purity, innocence
and happiness, all of which please the
eye and make glad the heart.
When we weave in time given us the
golden threads ot pleasure alone, the fab
ric is gaudy and useless, giving but a pas
sing satisfaction, dazzling for a time with
its brightness and beauty, but lacking
those essentials without which it is use
less. "With some, sorrow and aflHction
form a liner, purer material, with mild and
well blended colors, having a different
and higher kind of beauty.
" For life In one and In Its warp and woof
There runs a thread of gold that glitters fair,
And sometimes in the pattern shows most sweet,
When there are somber colors."
But tiio same sorrows and aflliclions
with others cause the weaving to be ill.
shapen and deformed, with dark and
gloomy shades. The difference between
the two is in a part of the machinery
called the heart. In one, the heart is kept
bright aud shining by love, patience and
holiness; while the other grows dull and
rusty by hatred, anger and discord.
Sometimes one weaves almost uncon
sciously at first, with what is called bad
habits, and soon they find their hands and
body bound by these in such a manner
as to prevent their weaving anything ex
cept an ugly, disfigured fabric.
The strangest part of this weaving is
the record that is kept of it in the faces of
the weavers how much thej' have woven
and how well or how poorly. In the com'
mencement of the work the couctenances
are pure and spotless, but as it progresses
the marks are soon visible, recording the
good, the bad, the lovely and the unlovely,
thus stamping indelibly in their faces the
kind and character of their work.
Sometimes there is an additional charm
added to the weaving, when two persons,
finding an afllnily existing between them,
take up the fabric of life and weave it to.
gcthcr, "for better and for worse." But
this fabric is not always the smoothest or
finest, but is often rough and uneven, lack
ing botli harmony of coloring and beauty
of texture.
Different guides are taken for tills work
of life. Some have none other than their
ovn selfish wishes and caprices; others
arc slaves to fashion and custom, while
those who most earnestly wisli their work
well done take as a guide a volume some
times called the " Book of Books."
In this there is a pattern laid down of a
life woven eighteen hundred years ago,
which, in its surpassing beauty of form
coloring and texture, excels all others!
Taking this guide and pattern for our
work, we cease to look forward with
dread to the coming of the sister fate,
whose part it is to cut the frail thread of
our lives.
Nor will we have to say at the end of
our task :
" The colors Unit we had to weave
Were bright in our early years;
But we wove the tissue wrong, aud sW.incd
The woor with bitter tears.
" We wove a web of doubt and Tear.
Not faith and hope aud love;
Because we looked at our work, and not
At our pattern above."
E.P.
APPLAUSE.
The ease with which we progress on
life's journey, depends on the impression
which we create in the minds of our fel
low men. By so conducting ourselves as
to gain the respect and confidence of those
with whom we come in daily contact
we become prepared, under such cheering
auspices to move with firmer and steadier
tread toward the goal whither a noble arn
bition and proper motives lead us.
Eulogies of "self made men" may still
resound with their flattering accent;
the world censured for its want of charl
ity; humanity deemed heartless and inliu-