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incident to the use of his excellent sacramental means! In this our reader need not follow the Red man.

What a wonderful thing it is, indeed, to conceive, as modern intelligent people do, of all things in terms of vital process! The world is evolution, is a bursting bud. Are we prepared to say that we put it better for the religious spirit of our times than did the Norseman when he conceived of the world-Ash, its tap root down in inscrutable Reality reaching to the Roaring Cauldron, the fount of the yawning Abyss, the well of the unknown future? its other two roots reaching, the one to the past, to be watered by historic experience, and the other into eternal principles, prehistoric yet ever present? Can we express it better than to say that the world. Ash rises into the home of the Gods through the region of expanding Stillness, where shine as the stars the heroes of the human race? The whole Symbol with all its manifold minor suggestiveness can hardly fail to arouse religious awe.

Stray leaves blown loose by the winds in the upper heaven from the branches of the world-Ash Autter down to us on earth through stratum after stratum of white cloud and blue sky, until we pick up some single leaf and, examining its texture, its veining, its outline edges, its color, we look up toward the invisible boughs whence it came: Ygdrasil, the cosmic tree, planted ere the beginning of time by the unknowable All-Father. Such stray leaves are offered in this anthology

Is it too much to ask the reader to help the editor by making this publication of practical use, by calling it to the attention of those of the children of God he or she may know, who are susceptible to the appeal of the great body of inspired literature which it modestly undertakes to represent? In so far as he does so, the reader will have a part in the good work of facilitating popular access to sources of perpetual refreshment and pentecostal inspiration.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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TYPICAL HYMNS OF PRAISE:

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Hiranyagarbha Pragatya's Hymn to the Unknown Creator.

1

A Zarathustrian Te Deum (Zarathustra's Prayer)...

3

Three Hymns to Zeus

6

St. Patrick's Breastplate, or Hymn before Tara..

10

St. Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Sun.

12

Notes (November 188ue).....

131

SPECIMENS OF AMERICAN ABORIGINAL RELIGION:

Hymn to Wakonda, the Thunder God of Mystery.

17

Pawnee Ritual of the Heroic Change of Name

23

Pawnee Myths of Two Constellations..

29

Omaha Ritual of the Great White Rock...

33

Notes (October 188ue).

192
Notes (January Issue)..

134

GOD IN AMERICAN HISTORY:

Office for American Holy Days in the words of our Statesmen

and Poets - Franklin, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Lin-

coln, Webster, Emerson, Whitman, Lowell, and Public Docu-

ments

48

The Prelude

49

Our Heritage

51

Bidding Prayer for Our Country.

69

Notes (February and March 18sue).

133

ANCIENT AND MODERN SUNWORSHIP:

Hymn to Aton, by King Amenhotep IV (Ikhnaton).

81

Thompson's Ode to the Setting Sun...

87

Rückert's Hymn to the Eternal Light..

93

Notes (April Issue)....

195

ASPIRATION IN THE SYMBOL OF THE SKYLARK:

Prelude from the Poets of Skyland..

97

Shelley's Ode to the Skylark..

98

Meredith's Lark Ascending...

102

Watson's First Skylark of Spring.

106

Emerson's Skyborn Music

108

Meredith's Song in the Songless..

108

Notes (December 18sue).....

137

CONDITIONS OF SPIRITUAL FELICITY:

Buddhist Canonical Beatitudes:

From the Mahavagga

111

From the Mahamangala-sutta.

112

From the Dhammapada...

115

From the Maha-parinibbana-sutta.

116

From the Thera-theri-gatha..

121

Jewish Apocryphal Beatitudes:

Seven Beatitudes

124

Nine Beatitudes

125

Christian Apocryphal Beatitudes

126

Notes (May 188ue, and additional matter).

138

TYPICAL HYMNS OF PRAISE

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