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TALENT

 

Define this thing called talent.

Describe its dimensions please.

Does it come in large and small sizes?           

Like holes in Swiss-like cheese.

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God gives to each man one.

But what if He gave him two?

Or three or half a dozen –

Sorting’s a job to do.

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What if the talents seem to counter?

If they both cannot be done,

Yet both were given by God –

Both have a right to run.      

– eab, Jun. ‘84

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Define this thing called talent.

Describe its dimensions please.

Does it come in large and small sizes?

Like holes in Swiss-like cheese.

 

God gives to each man one.

But what if He gave him two?

Or three or half a dozen –

Sorting’s a job to do.

 

What if the talents seem to counter?

If they both cannot be done,

Yet both were given by God –

Both have a right to run. 

          – eab, 6/84 

Penned while pastoring Christ Church – Bible Methodist, Friendsville, TN.

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Talent?

Talent: all you can handle,

 

          if you handle it right. – eab, 11/84

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“To the great and benevolent Being, who, during the preparation of this work, has sustained a feeble constitution, amidst obstacles and toils, disappointments, infirmities and depression; who has twice borne me and my manuscripts in safety across the Atlantic, and given me strength and resolution to bring the work to a close, I would present the tribute of my most grateful acknowledgments. And if the talent which he entrusted to my care, has not been put to the most profitable use in his service, I hope it has not been “kept laid up in a napkin,” and that any misapplication of it may be graciously forgiven.”

                

New Haven, 1828                                                        N. WEBSTER.

 

Noah Webster, An American Dictionary of the English Language (NY: S.Converse, 1828), Preface.

 

Webster was born this date, 10/16/1758.

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