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Sat Apr 01 00:25:38 2017 1 The Project Gutenberg EBook of Joyous Gard, by Arthur Christopher Benson This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at Title: Joyous Gard Author: Arthur Christopher Benson Release Date: January 22, 2007 [EBook #20423] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK JOYOUS GARD *** Produced by R.
Cedron, Diane Monico, and the Project Gutenberg Online Distributed Proofreading Team at JOYOUS GARD ARTHUR CHRISTOPHER BENSON LONDON JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET, W. 1913 TO ALL MY FRIENDS KNOWN AND UNKNOWN I DEDICATE THIS BOOK PREFACE _It is a harder thing than it ought to be to write openly and frankly of things private and sacred.
-Secretum meum mihi!----My secret is my own!---cried St.
Francis in a harrowed moment.
But I believe that the instinct to guard and hoard the inner life is one that ought to be resisted.
Secrecy seems to me now a very uncivilised kind of virtue, after all! We have all of us, or most of us, a quiet current of Sat Apr 01 00:25:38 2017 2 intimate thought, which flows on, gently and resistlessly, in the background of our lives, the volume and spring of which we cannot alter or diminish, because it rises far away at some unseen source, like a stream which flows through grassy pastures, and is fed by rain which falls on unknown hills from the clouds of heaven.
This inner thought is hardly affected by the busy incidents of life--our work, our engagements, our public intercourse; but because it represents the self which we are always alone with, it makes up the greater part of our life, and is much more our real and true life than the life which we lead in public.
It contains the things which we feel and hope, rather than what we say; and the fact ...

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