26 TALKS FOR THE TIMES.
unheeded, can regard them as merely commonplace,
can read in them no deeper meanings for body, mind,
or soul—nothing to elevate the thought, nothing to
cheer the heart, nothing to chasten or soften the feel¬
ings, nothing to enrich the whole life, and make it
better, brighter, stronger, more hopeful, and more
helpful, needs surely to have offered up in his behalf
the prayer of Elisha, the prophet: "Lord, I pray
thee open his eyes that he may see." Ah me ! I fear
that too many of us need to have this prayer offered
up in our behalf. Too many of us go moping through
this world, having eyes that see not and ears that hear
not. To too many of us, I fear, may be justly ap¬
plied the lines of Wordsworth with reference to Peter
"He traveled here, he traveled there,
But not the value of a hair
Was head or heart the better.
" He roved among the vales and streams,
In the green wood and hollow dell;
They were his dwellings night and day,
But nature ne'er could find the way
Into the heart of Peter Bell.