Fire and Ice: Puritan and Reformed Writings
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Why I Created Fire and Ice

'Some high or humble enterprise of good
Contemplate, till it shall possess thy mind,
Become thy study, pastime, rest, and food,
And kindle in thy heart a flame refined.
Pray heaven for firmness thy whole soul to bind
To this thy purpose-to begin, pursue,
With thoughts all fixed, and feelings purely kind;
Strength to complete, and with delight review,
And grace to give the praise where all is ever due.

Rouse to some work of pure and holy love,
And thou an angel's happiness shalt know,-
Shalt bless the earth, while in the world above,
The good begun by thee shall onward flow
In many a branching stream, and wider grow.
The seed that in these few and fleeting hours
Thy hands unsparing and unwearied sow,
Shall deck thy grave with amaranthine flowers,
And yield the fruits divine in heaven's immortal bowers.'

"The American Cowper"

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