A Book of Gems Choice selections from the writings of Benjamin Franklin

By Benjamin Franklin

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the man of God and
thoroughly furnish him for all good works.” There are many among
them that can _read_ prayers, as they have them in print in the
“Prayer-Book,” and do _read them_, but we are not aware that they have
any more that can _pray_ than those who have no such “Prayer-Book.”

If we can not learn from the Lord and the apostles how to pray; from
the Scriptures, so that _we can pray_ we would not learn from all
the prayer-books ever printed. Read the prayers of the Lord and holy
men, recorded in Scripture, and the instructions of the Lord and the
inspired writings; take the “Concordance” and run through the Bible,
read and study all you find about it, and practice it daily, and you
find not only that you can learn _how_, but to _love_ to pray, and to
be impressed continually with the _importance of it_. Let the desire be
in the heart in the words, “Lord, teach us how to pray,” and you will
soon learn to ask for any thing you need.


The effort we have made, and are now making, at reformation, can
never prove a failure upon any ground, unless it be that we have not
moral courage enough, as the disciples of Christ—have not sufficient
integrity to the great principles of the gospel, to which we have
pledged ourselves, to maintain them against the mighty torrent of
opposition from the various ranks of bigotry, prejudice, and partyism,
together with the combined influence of unbelief and sin. The position
we occupy can never fail. While the holy prophets live and speak in
their writing; while the preaching of the apostles, their lives,
miracles and martyrdoms, live in the memory of men; while Jesus lives,
and the throne of the Almighty, upon which he sits, stands unmoved,
the position we occupy can not fail. The gospel will live and he who
believes it shall never die. The men who believe the gospel, who love
it, and hold on to it—keep the faith, press it to their hearts, love
and reverence him who gave it, will live co-existent with the years
of God. They will never fail; their lives, in this mortal state, will
fail; but they, at the same moment, will triumph. They are not in any
doubt and uncertainty, in calling upon their fellow man to return to
the faith as it was at the beginning. They have no fears that they are
wrong, or that they can possibly be mistaken in making the best effort
in their power

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Books I, VI, XXII, and XXIV Rape of the Lock and Essay on Man (Van Dyke) =Ruskin's= Sesame and Lilies (Rounds) =Scott's= Abbot Ivanhoe (Schreiber) Lady of the Lake (Bacon) Marmion (Coblentz) Quentin Durward (Norris) Woodstock =Shakespeare's= As You Like It (North) Hamlet (Shower) Henry V (Law) Julius Caesar (Baker) Macbeth (Livengood) Merchant of Venice (Blakely) Midsummer Night's Bream (Haney) The Tempest (Barley) Twelfth Night (Weld) =Southey's= Life of Nelson =Stevenson's= Inland Voyage and Travels with a Donkey (Armstrong) Treasure Island (Fairley) =Swift's= Gulliver's Travels (Gaston) =Tennyson's= Idylls of the King--Selections (Willard) Princess (Shryock) =Thackeray's= Henry Esmond (Bissell) =Washington's= Farewell Address, and =Webster's= First Bunker Hill Oration (Lewis) =Webster's= Bunker Hill Orations (See also Washington's Farewell Address) =Wordsworth's= Poems--Selections (Venable) Transcriber's Note * Obvious punctuation and spelling errors repaired.