1 It is good for me to draw near unto God.
2 Obeying God never brings on public evils.
3 I feel as if I could scarcely ask God for any more.
4 And all this your laws give him power to do, in spite of God or man.
5 O, I've seen things all my life that have made me feel that there can't be a God.
6 I an't a Christian like you, Eliza; my heart's full of bitterness; I can't trust in God.
7 But now I'm a free man, standing on God's free soil; and my wife and my child I claim as mine.
8 "Fear not, then, friend George; it is not for thee, but for God and man, we do it," said Simeon.
9 The young man who had spoken for the cause of humanity and God before stood with folded arms, looking on this scene.
10 Then, hear," said Simeon: "When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me until I went unto the sanctuary of God.
11 To go thither, to escape across the Ohio river, were the first hurried outlines of her plan of escape; beyond that, she could only hope in God.
12 Why, you know, papa," she said, in a whisper, "cousin told me that God wants to have us; and he gives us everything, you know; and it isn't much to do it, if he wants us to.
13 Mr. Wilson, you treated me well; you encouraged me to do well, and to learn to read and write, and to try to make something of myself; and God knows how grateful I am for it.
14 Right on behind they came; and, nerved with strength such as God gives only to the desperate, with one wild cry and flying leap, she vaulted sheer over the turbid current by the shore, on to the raft of ice beyond.
15 George stood out in fair sight, on the top of the rock, as he made his declaration of independence; the glow of dawn gave a flush to his swarthy cheek, and bitter indignation and despair gave fire to his dark eye; and, as if appealing from man to the justice of God, he raised his hand to heaven as he spoke.
16 If man should ever resist evil," said Simeon, "then George should feel free to do it now: but the leaders of our people taught a more excellent way; for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God; but it goes sorely against the corrupt will of man, and none can receive it save they to whom it is given.
17 In all these they will exhibit the highest form of the peculiarly Christian life, and, perhaps, as God chasteneth whom he loveth, he hath chosen poor Africa in the furnace of affliction, to make her the highest and noblest in that kingdom which he will set up, when every other kingdom has been tried, and failed; for the first shall be last, and the last first.
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