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JUST FOR TO-DAY.

LORD! for to-morrow and its needs

I do not pray;

Keep me, my GOD, from stain of sin,
Just for to day.

Let me both diligently work

And duly pray;

Let me be kind in word and deed,
Just for to-day.

Let me be slow to do my will,

Prompt to obey;

Help me to mortify my flesh,

Just for to-day.

Let me no wrong or idle word
Unthinking say;

Set thou a seal upon my lips,
Just for to day.

Let me in season, LORD, be grave,

In season gay;

Let me be faithful to Thy grace,

Just for to-day.

And if to-day my life

Should ebb away,

Give me Thy Sacraments Divine,
Dear LORD, to day.

So, for to-morrow and its needs

I do not pray;

But keep me, guide me, love me, LORD, Just for to-day.

"As thy days, so shall thy strength be."— DEUT, xxxiii., 25.

STRENGTH.

Strength for to-day is all that we need,
As there will never be a to-morrow;
For to-morrow will prove but another to-day,
With its measure of joy and sorrow.

Then why forecast the trials of life

With much sad and grave persistence, And wait and watch for a crowd of ills That as yet have no existence?

Strength for to day; what a precious boon
For earnest souls who labor-

For the willing hands that minister
To the needy friend and neighbour.

Strength for to-day, that the weary hearts
In the battle for right may quail not,
And the eyes bedimmed by bit er tears
In their search for life may quail not

Strength for to-day, in house and home
To practise forbearance sweetly;
To scatter kind words and loving deeds,
Still trusting in God completely.

Strength for to-day is all that we need,

As there never will be a to-inorrow;
For to-morrow will prove but another to-day,
With its measure of joy and sorrow.

My times are in Thy hand."-Ps. xxx., 15.

SUPPLICATION.

Father, I know that all my life
Is portioned out for me,

And the changes that are sure to come,
I do not fear to see:

But I ask Thee for a present mind
Intent on pleasing Thee.

I ask Thee for a thoughtful love,
Through constant watching wise,
To meet the glad with joyful smiles,
And to wipe the weeping eyes;
And a heart at leisure from itself,
To soothe and sympathize.

I would not have the restless will
That hurries to and fro,
Seeking for some great thing to do,
Or secret thing to know;
I would be treated as a child,
And guided where I go.

Wherever in the world I am,
In whatsoe'er estate,

I have a fellowship with hearts
To keep and cultivate;

And a work of lowly love to do

For the Lord on whom I wait.

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