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6 > Page 6 of Addresses delivered in honor of John Marshall Day, by members of the Fayette County Bar, February 4, 1901, Lexington, Ky.

THE INVOCATION. Bishop Lewis W. Burton then offered the following invocation: 0 God, Thou art the Judge of all the earth! 'Justice and judgment are the habitation of Thy throne; mercy and truth shall go before Thy face.' We thank Thee for the good example of Thy servant, whom we remember before Thee this day. We praise Thee that, as one of the chief of our tathers, he was a man fearing Thee, and that he finally accepted Thy Son as his divine Savior. To Thee did he owe his well-balanced mind, his intuitive insight into the eternal principles of righteousness, his ability to recognize equity, when others were in doubt, and his steadfastness in the pursuit of justice even in the face of opposition. Thou didst raise him up to these, Thy people, that, in erecting the foundation of our republic, he might 'lay judgment to the line and righteousness to the plummet.' And now we pray Thee that his influence may be potent over this whole land in this, our day, in reviving among us the love of justice and the practice of right- eousness. May the law of our God be in our hearts. Incline our hearts to keep Thy law. May we reverence those set to judge us; and, that they may be worthy of our reverence, enlarge their human limitations; lessen their natural infirmities, and keep them free from igno- rance, prejudice, partisanship and corruption. May our people be a people loving truth and order, respect- ing authority, obedient to law, holding sacred their own and others' rights, and treasuring their priceless, blood- bought inheritance of freedom. May they love Thee, the Lord their God, with all their heart, with all their soul, and with all their mind, and their neighbors as themselves. 6