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in trouble like other men, neither are they plagued like other men. Therefore, pride compasseth them as a chain ; violence covereth them as a garment. Their eyes stand -out with fatness; they have more than heart could wish. They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression ; they speak loftily. Therefore his people return, and the waters of a full cup are wrung out to them, and they say, How doth God know ? and is there knowledge in the Most High ? ' Is not that the way thee feels, George ? "
" It is so, indeed," said George, — " as well as I could have written it myself."
" Then, hear," said Simeon: " ' When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me until I went unto the sanctuary of God. Then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places, thou castedst them down to destruction. As a dream when one awaketh, so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image. Nevertheless, I am continually with thee; thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me by thy counsel, and afterwards receive me to glory. It is good for me to draw near unto God. I have put my trust in the Lord God.' "
The words of holy trust, breathed by the friendly old man, stole like sacred music over the harassed and chafed spirit of George; and after he ceased, he sat with a gentle and subdued expression on his fine features.
" If this world were all, George," said Simeon, " thee might indeed ask, Where is the Lord ? But it is often those who have least of all in this life whom He chooseth for the kingdom. Put thy trust in Him, and, no matter what befalls thee here, He will make all right hereafter."
If these words had been spoken by some easy, self-indulgent exhorter, from whose mouth they might have come merely as pious and rhetorical flourish, proper to be used to people in distress, perhaps they might not have had much effect; but coming from one who daily and calmly risked fine and imprisonment for the cause of God