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Only a Leaf
a leaf. Its work was done
As it fluttered down in the July sun
To find its rest on the hard-burned ground
Rest in early grave.
"Only a leaf," the south wind sighed,
"Dust to dust to be multiplied
With the mortal all."
"With the many leaves on one great tree
Who 'mid that throng will e'er miss me?
I am only a leaf," it sighed.
Poor little leaf! You may never know
How on a June day, from the sun's hot glow,
You sheltered the head of a songster small,
From whose tiny throat went forth to all
Praises to God, and promise of rain
To the great perched Earth.
And so, poor toiler, as you work below
Striving and striving 'neath the sun's hot glow,
'Mid envy, strife, and despair,
All unconscious, somehow, somewhere
You are sheltering God's idea there;
Work on! work on, 'mid the world's hot rays,
Unmoved alike by censure or praise,
Willing to wait 'till the setting sun
To hear from the Master his sweet, "Well done!"
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Mr. Hering to Evangelist Morgan
Hermann S. Hering
Food for Thought
J. T. R.
with contributions from R. A. Pearson, James Bishop, Sarah J. Clark, Henry Mayo, T. A. Kramer, Charles D. Holcombe
Chester B. Jordan with contributions from Edward N. Pearson
Mrs. Eddy has not Seen It
The Day of Salvation
Editor with contributions from Anna K. Craig, Septimus J. Hanna
Seating of Strangers
Among the Churches
with contributions from Lizzie F. Lewis
Only a Leaf
BY WATSON V. BABBITT.
Christian Healing is for us To-day
BY M. P. MADISON.
Doing Little Things Well
BY VIVIENE V. LUNDY.
Supported by Principle
Seek and Find
BY ALICE A. RUSSELL
The Healing of the Nations
BY JOHN FRANKLIN CROWELL
Love Restores Harmony
Pheobe E. Tong
Lameness Healed by Christian Science
Saved from Chronic Invalidism
C. H. Fischer
with contributions from Carlyle, Joseph Parker