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"True happiness is not the growth of earth,
The soil is fruitless if you seek it there:
'Tis an exotic of celestial birth,
And never blooms but in celestial air.
Sweet plant of paraddiseg its seeds are sown
In here and there a breast of heavenly mould,
It rises slow, and buds, but ne'er was known
To blossom here-the climate is too cold."
Whilst wandering along the path, we pass over a bleak
and dreary desert, imposing in the simple grandeur, yet far
more desolate and uninviting than Sahara's torrid waste.
Ahead in the dim distance a beautiful spot is seen wherein
everything to be desired is found, the home of the one great
treasure death offers to mankind-the abode of perfect happi-
ness. Hastening our steps we near the spot only to find
that it has faded from view, reappearing far off on the edge
of the horizon as before.
Once more do we push forward with quickened pace 5
once more are we met with the repetition of the seemingly
magical disappearance. Over and over again do we seek
this entrancing spot, yet never are we brought to a realiza-
tion that what we strive to gain is but a mirage, magnificent
yet unreal. Thus is it in life, the mirage of perfect happi-
ness ever beckoning us on., Yet while it is but a mirage in
this life, in the life to come a transformation takes place and
it assumes a definite form. Here it is found to be but a
mockery, there a reality, here a thing of fancy, there an
Within the soul of every human being there exists a cer-
tain craving for perfect happiness, an inborn, unceasing de-
sire, before which all worldly things are like chaff swept be-
fore the wind. In the lower type of creatures 'we find that
once their cravings are satisfied, contentment is theirs. This,
however, is not true of man. In him there is a continual
Page 7 text:
Vol. III DECEMBER, 1912 No. 1
A Hiainn nf Bethlzhrm
OWN he knelt, a pilgrim lowly,
Down he knelt this Christmas morn,
And his heart was filled with gladness,
- At the first faint Hush of Dawn.
Lo! he views the shepherds prostrate
On the damp and earthy floor,
And a glorious troop of Angels,
Bent in rapture to adore
'Tis the grot, where crowned with glory,
Jesus lay, a Babe new-born,
In the Crib so sweetly sleeping
l Shown again this Christmas morn.
As the voices cease theirsinging,
And the Angels disappear,
Kneels the watcher raptly praying:
"Christmas morn and Christ is here."
H. Raymond H all.
Page 9 text:
HEART YEARNINGS 7
longing for a perfect state of peace, a lasting hope of eternal
happiness, his every thought, word and action tending to
bring him nearer to this goal. To him true happiness is
the one great end, not mere pleasure, but happiness in an
unalloyed state, devoid of misery, freed from anxiety, unrest
and the weariness of life. Emperors seek it as does the
laborer of the field-the beggar sitting in his hovel and the
rich man in his palace-the savage in his pathless waste and
the pampered social favorite in the city.
Youth is fraught with promise, with hopes, the fruit of
which are disenchantment. Ambition whispers and conjures
up the day when honor, wealth and earthly pleasures shall be
possessed in abundance, giving promise of perfect happiness
to be found through these means. But what a rude awaken-
ing awaits these fond hopes? The once gorgeously tinted
dreams give place to the hard realities of life.
Even though after many years of ceaseless toil some deem
themselves fortunate by reason of their attainment of riches
and position, still is there something lacking. They have
seemingly at last grasped the cup of happiness only to find
it made bitter by the dregs it holds.
Successful in numerousicampaigns, with half of Europe
bowing before his throne, Napoleon still sought for more
power, only to lose all and die an exile. He sought perfect
happiness in life, but it eluded his grasp. Elba and Ver-
sailles, what a contrast! The tears of Alexander shed on
the realization that no more worlds were his to conquer, and
the wonderful yet unsatisfying knowledge of Solomon evi-
dence the same unpalatable truth. Colton has said: "Anthony
sought for happiness in love, Brutus in glory, Caesar in
dominion, the first found disgrace, the second disgust, the
last ingratitude, and each destruction."
From the foregoing we can clearly see that man is for-
ever seeking perfect happiness and therefore the question
naturally arises: how can he attain this, the one great object
of life? Can earthly possessions, bringing with them all
material goods, appease the yearnings of his heart? Wealth,
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