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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893. Excerpt: ... LONG LINES. LONG LINES. "The thing was true, but the time appointed was long."--Dan. x. 1. "In these is continuance, and we shall be saved."--Isa. briv. 5. God lays down man's life on lines of enormous length. Let man follow Him in so doing as far as he possibly can. Lay out your life on long lines. This is the true way of success. It may explain many of the tragic-seeming mysteries of life. Let me try to set forth my point. If you would build a ship, you would lay down lines as long as the vessel's utmost length and breadth and depth. You would not think of laying such as would only fit a dory; nor, in building a house, would you begin with ridgepole and chimney-tops. You would not even begin upon the surface of the ground. That, you would say, might do for a shanty or a shed, but not for a dwelling for a home. For a home you would first make a plan that met your want. Then you would lay down your lines; and even then you would not build but dig. Whatever else you did, you would first dig down, not build up. And you would dig not only for cellar, foundations, and walls, but drains and trenches for water, gas, and even electricity. But besides digging you would also gather many things that at first seem needless, but afterward prove necessary. You would prepare beams and rafters and planks and boards, doors and mouldings, sashes and mantels, and innumerable other things which in themselves look little enough like a house, and yet are needful to it. Thus you would prepare, and the better the house was to be, the more complete and careful would be the preparation. Then what? Would you build? Yes. But how? Would it not be by beginning at the very bottom? Not even would the lowest stones of the foundation walls be laid first. Even below and by the side of the...
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