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The Yoke of Christ in the Duties and Circumstances of Life

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Pages: HO is a friend? Not always a what is relation, for friendship is inde-friendshiP' pendent of blood. When relations are also friends, of course there are none in the world like them. When they are not, and occasionally they are not, it is still our duty to help, but it cannot be our joy to love. Nor is he, by any means, a person whom you must be always seeing, or of whom you have at some time or other seen a great deal. Emerson says in his delightfully para- Essays, p, 172. doxical way, " why insist on rash personal relations with your friend ? Leave this touching and clawing. Let him be to thee for ever a sort of beautiful enemy, untame- able, devoutly revered, and not a trivial con- veniency to be soon out-grown and cast aside." For not unfrequently there is a subtle and inexplicable reluctance to come much closer to some friends, why, we hardly know : but we certainly prefer to admire them through the sunny mist of distance. Many, too, of those whom we most deeply revere, thoroughly trust, and secretly love, we have never had a chance of seeing but twice or thrice in our lives. A quick glimpse at a golden opportunity has proved magically potent in attracting and uniting kindred natures : and there is a sort of tropical suddenness with which some characters bud, blossom, and fruit into a close and undying regard. Nor, of necessity, is a friend a person of the same age as yourself. As a rule, no doubt, our sympathies more easily and naturally soften towards those who are tolerably close to us in the journey of life, and who, with the same prospect in front, speak our own dialect, and are within easy earshot of us, when we have anything to say. But human nature, just because it is so profound and many-sided, is full of ...  

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - 124

By: Anthony Wilson Thorold

Excerpt from book: FRIENDS. "I HAVE CALLED YOU FRIENDS." j


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