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Lesson III.

and enjoy the good of all his labour, it AND whatsoever mine eyes

desired is the gift of God. I kept not from them, I withheld Ry. The fear. p. lxxiii. not my heart from any joy; for my

Lesson III. heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour. I KNOW that, whatsoever God doeth, Then I looked on all the works that

it shall be for ever: nothing can my hands had wrought, and on the be put to it, nor any thing taken from labour that I had laboured to do: and, it: and God doeth it, that men should behold, all was vanity and vexation of fear before him. That which hath spirit, and there was no profit under been is now; and that which is to be the sun.

hath already been ; and God requireth

that which is past. And moreover I Ry. Thine eyes. p. lxxiv,

saw under the sun the place of judgTUESDAY.

ment, that wickedness was there; and

the place of righteousness, that iniquity Of the Book of Ecclesiastes.

was there. I said in mine heart, GOD Lesson I. Chap. iii.

shall judge the righteous and the To every thing there is a season, wicked : for there is a time there for

and a time to every purpose under every purpose and for every work. the heaven : a time to be born, and a

Remove. p. lxxiv. time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted ; &

WEDNESDAY. time to kill, and a time to heal; a Of the Book of Ecclesiastes. time to break down, and a time to Lesson I. Chap. iv. build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh ; a time to mourn, and a time to So I returned, and considered all

the oppressions that are done dance; a time to cast away stones, and under the sun; and behold the tears a time to gather stones together; a of such as were oppressed, and they time to embrace, and a time to refrain had no comforter; and on the side of from embracing; a time to get, and a their oppressors there was power, but time to lose ; a time to keep, and a they had no comforter. Wherefore I time to cast away; a time to rend, and praised the dead which are already a time to sew; a time to keep silence, dead more than the living which are and a time to speak; a time to love, yet alive. Yea, better is he than both and a time to hate; a time of war, and they, which hath not yet been, who a time of peace.

hath not seen the evil work that is Ry. My son. p. lxxv.

done under the sun. Again, I consiLesson II.

dered all travail, and every right work, WHAT profit hath he that worketh that for this a man is envied of his

This is also vanity and in that wherein he laboureth ?

vexation of spirit. I have seen the travail, which God

R. O LORD, Father. p. lxxiv hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. He hath made every

Lesson II. thing beautiful in his time ; also be THE fool foldeth his hands together, hath set the world in their heart, so and eateth his own flesh. Better that no man can find out the work is an handful with quietness, than that God maketh from the beginning both the hands full with travail and to the end. I know that there is no vexation of spirit. Then I returned, good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and I saw vanity under the sun. There and to do good in his life. And also is one alone, and there is not a second ; that every man should eat and drink, yea, he hath neither child nor brother; yet is there no end of all his labour ; | God. If thou seest the oppression of neither is his eye satisfied with riches; the poor, and violent perverting of neither saith he, For whom do I judgment and justice in a province, labour, and bereave my soul of good ? marvel not at the matter: for he that This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore is higher than the highest regardeth ; travail.

and there be higher than they. MoreRy. Great are Thy. p. lxxiv. over the profit of the earth is for all :

the king himself is served by the Lesson III.

field. TWO are better than one; because

Ry. I alone. p. lxxiii. they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will

Lesson III. lift up his fellow: but woe to him HE that loveth, silver shall not be that is alone when he falleth ; for he satisfied with silver ; nor he that hath not another to help him up. loveth abundance with increase : this Again, if two lie together, then they is also vanity. When goods increase, have heat; but how can one be warm they are increased that eat them : alone ? And if one prevail against and what good is there to the owners him, two shall withstand him; and a thereof, saving the beholding of them threefold cord is not quickly broken. with their eyes ? The sleep of a Better is a poor and a wise child than labouring man is sweet, whether he " an old and foolish king, who will no eat little or much: but the abundance more be admonished.

of the rich will not suffer him to Ry. Thine eyes. p. lxxiv.

sleep. There is a sore evil which I

have seen under the sun, namely, THURSDAY.

riches kept for the owners thereof to Of the Book of Ecclesiastes. their hurt. But those riches perish Lesson I. Chap. v.

by evil travail : and he begetteth & not rash with thy mouth, and let son, and there is nothing in his hand. not thine heart be hasty to utter

Ry. Send, O LORD. p. lxxiii. any thing before God: for God is

FRIDAY. in heaven, and thou upon earth : therefore let thy words be few. For

Of the Book of Ecclesiastes. a dream cometh through the multi

Lesson I. Chap. vi. tude of business; and a fool's voice is THERE is an evil which I have known by multitude of words. When seen under the sun, and it is thou vowest a vow unto God, defer common among men: a man to whom not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure God hath given riches, wealth, and in fools : pay that which thou hast honour, so that he wanteth nothing vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest for his soul of all that he desireth, yet not vow, than that thou shouldest God giveth him not power to eat vow and not pay.

thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this Ry. The LORD possessed. p. lxxii. is vanity, and it is an evil disease. Lesson II.

Rz. Give me. p. lxxiii.

Lesson II. SUFFER not thy mouth to cause

thy flesh to sin ; neither say thou IF a man beget an hundred children, before the angel, that it was an error : anå live many years, so that the wherefore should God be angry at days of his years be many, and his thy voice, and destroy the work of soul be not filled with good, and also thine hands ? For in the multitude that he have no burial; I say, that an of dreams and many words there are untimely birth is better than he. also divers vanities : but fear thou For he cometh in with vanity, and



departeth in darkness, and his name end of a thing than the beginning shall be covered in darkness. More- thereof : and the patient in spirit is over he hath not seen the sun, nor better than the proud in spirit. known any thing: this hath more Ry. Great are. p. lxxiv. rest than the other. Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet

Lesson III. hath he seen no good.

S47 not thou, What is the cause Ry. The fear. p. lxxiii.

that the former days were better

than these? for thou dost not enquire Lesson III.

wisely concerning this. Wisdom is Do not all go to one place

? All good with an inheritance : and by it the labour of man is for his there is profit to them that see the mouth, and yet the appetite is not For wisdom is a defence, and filled. For what hath the wise more money is a defence : but the excelthan the fool ? what hath the poor, lency of knowledge is, that wisdom that knoweth to walk before the giveth life to them that have it. Conliving? Better is the sight of the sider the work of God: for who can eyes than the wandering of the de- make that straight, which he hath sire : this is also vanity and vexation made crooked ? of spirit.

Ry. Thine eyes. p. lxxiv.
Ry. Remove. p. lxxiv.

Of the Book of Ecclesiastes.

Lesson I. Chaps. vi. and vii.

Here beginneth the Book of Wisdom.

Lesson I. Chap. i. FOR who knoweth what is good for

man in this life, all the days of LOVE righteousness, yo that be his vain life which he spendeth as a judges of the earth : think of the shadow ? for who can tell a man what LORD with a good heart, and in shall be after him under the sun ? A simplicity of heart seek bim. For good name is better than precious he will be found of them that tempt ointment: and the day of death than him not; and sheweth himself unto the day of one's birth. It is better to such as do not distrust him. For go to the house of mourning, than to froward thoughts separate from GOD: go to the house of feasting: for that and his power, when it is tried, is the end of all men; and the living reproach the unwise. For into a will lay it to his heart.

malicious soul wisdom shall not enter;

nor dwell in the body that is subject RZ. O LORD, Father, p. lxxiv.

unto sin. Lesson II,

Ry. The LORD possessed. p. lxxii. SORROW. is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the counte

Lesson II, nance the heart is made better. The FOR the holy spirit of discipline heart of the wise is in the house of will flee deceit, and remove from mourning; but the heart of fools is thoughts that are without underin the house of mirth. It is better to standing, and will not abide when hear the rebuke of the wise, than for unrighteousness cometh in. For wis. a man to hear the song of fools. For dom is a loving spirit; and will not as the crackling of thorns under a acquit a blasphemer of his words : pot, so is the laughter of the fool: for God is witness of his sins, and a this also is vanity. Surely oppression true beholder of his heart, and a maketh a wise man mad; and a gift hearer of his tongue. For the Spirit destroyeth the heart. Better is the l of the LORD filleth the world : and



that which containeth all things tion to its laws; that it extends even hath knowledge of the voice. There- to enemies, so that if a place or time fore he that speaketh unrighteous of battle be appointed with an enemy, things cannot be hid: neither shall it is esteemed contrary to justice vengeance, when it punisheth, pass by to be beforehand with either time or him.

place. For it makes an important Ry. I alone. p. lxxiii.

difference, whether one is overcome

in any fight where there is a sharp Lesson III.

conflict, or by some inferior advanFOR inquisition shall be made into tage, or, again, by any chance.

the counsels of the ungodly; and Therefore, if justice has such a power the sound of his words shall come in war, how much more ought it to be unto the LORD for the manifestation observed in peace? of his wicked deeds. For the ear of jealousy heareth all things : and the

Ry. The fear. p. lxxiii. noise of murmurings is not hid.

Lesson VI. Therefore beware of murmuring, which THEREFORE, the foundation of is unprofitable; and refrain your justice is faith, for the hearts of tongue from backbiting; for there is the just ponder on faith, and the just no word so secret, that shall go for man who accuses himself places jusnought : and the mouth that belieth tice above faith. For his justice is slayeth the soul.

evident, when he acknowledges the Ry. Send, O LORD. p. lxxiii.

truth. Further, the LORD saith by

Isaiah: Behold, I lay in Sion a tried SECOND NOCTURN.

Corner-stone, that is, CHRIST, as the From the Book of Duties, by Foundation of the Church. Now S. Ambrose the Bishop. CHRIST is the Faith of all; but the Lesson IV.

Church is a kind of type of justice; Book 1. Chap. 28.

she is the common right of all, she GREAT is the splendour of justice, prays for all

, she works for all, she is which, born rather for others tempted in all. In short, whoever than for itself, aids our society and denies himself, he is just, he is worthy fellowship, holds so high a place, that of Christ. Therefore Paul also laid it keeps all things under its rule, CHRIST as the Foundation, in order gives help to others, bestows wealth, that upon Him we may build the shrinks not from duties, takes upon it works of righteousness ; because faith

is the foundation. the risks of others. Who would not desire to hold this citadel of virtue, Ry. Remove. p. lxxiv. unless copetousness bad first en- Rp. vii. O LORD, Father. p. lxxiv. feebled or distorted the strength of Ry. viii. Two Seraphim. p. xxviii. such a virtue ? For while we are

MONDAY. anxious to increase our wealth, to

Of the Book of Wisdom. heap up money, to occupy estates as

Lesson I. Chap. iii. owners, to excel in riches, we strip off the semblance of justice, and lose Bo

UT the souls of the righteous are our share in promoting the common

in the hand of God, and there weal.

shall no torment touch them. In the Rz. Give me. p. lxxiii.

sight of the unwise they seemed to

die: and their departure is taken for Lesson V.

misery; and their going from us to How great justice is, we may learn be utter destruction : but they are in

from this, that neither place, nor peace. For though they be punished person, nor time, can form any excep- in the sight of men, yet is their hope

full of immortality. And having been

TUESDAY. a little chastised, they shall be greatly Of the Book of Wisdom, rewarded : for God proved them, and

Lesson I. Chap. vi. found them worthy for himself.

As gold in the furnace hath he tried HF

FEAR therefore, O ye kings, and them, and received them as a burnt

understand : learn, ye that be offering.

judges of the ends of the earth. Give Ry. Leave. p. lxxiv.

ear, ye that rule the people, and glory

in the multitude of nations. For Lesson II.

power is given you of the LORD, and

sovereignty from the Highest, who A

ND in the time of their visitation shall try your works, and search.

they shall shine, and run to and out your counsels. Because, being fro like sparks among the stubble. ministers of his kingdom, ye have They shall judge the nations, and not judged aright, nor kept the law, have dominion over the people, and nor walked after the counsel of God. their LORD shall reign for over. They

Ry. My son. p. lxxv. that put their trust in him shall understand the truth : and such as be

Lesson II. faithful in love

shall abide with him: HORRIBLY and speedily shall be for grace and mercy is to his saints, come upon you : for a sharp and he hath care for his elect.' But judgment shall be to them that be in the ungodly shall be punished ac- high places. For mercy will soon cording to their own imaginations, pardon the meanest: but mighty men which have neglected the righteous, shall be mightily tormented. For he and forsaken the LORD. For whoso which is LORD over all shall fear no despiseth wisdom and nurture, he is man's person, neither shall he stand miserable, and their hope is vain, in awe of any man's greatness : for their labours unfruitful, and their he hath made the small and great, and works unprofitable.

careth for all alike. But a sore trial Ry. Great are. p. lxxiv.

shall come upon the mighty.

Ry. The fear. p. lxxiii.
Lesson III. Chap. V.

Lesson III.
BOT the righteous live forever UNTO you therefore, o kings, do I

speak, that ye may learn wisdom, the LORD, and the care of them is and not fall away. For they that keep with the most High. Therefore shall holiness holily shall be judged holy: they receive a glorious kingdom, and and they that have learned such a beautiful crown from the LORD's things shall find what to answer. hand : for with his right hand shall Wherefore set your affection upon my he cover them, and with his arm words; desire them, and ye shall be shall be protect them. He shall take instructed. Wisdom is glorious, and to him his jealousy for complete never fadeth away: yea, she is easily armour, and make the creature his seen of them that love her, and found weapon for the revenge of his enemies. of such as seek her. He shall put on righteousness as a Ry. Remove, p. lxxiv. breastplate, and true judgment instead of a helmet. He shall take

WEDNESDAY. holiness for an invincible shield. Of the Book of Wisdom. His severe wrath shall be sharpen

Lesson I. Chap. vii. for a sword, and the world shall fight I MYSELF also am a mortal man, with him against the unwise,

like to all, and the offspring of him Ry. Thine eyes. p. lxxiy.

that was first made of the earth, and

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