Scripture Verse

Add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, charity. 2 Peter 1:5-7


W. Warren Bentley

Words: The­o­dore J. Price, in The Ri­ver of Life, ed­it­ed by Hen­ry S. Per­kins & War­ren Bent­ley (New York; Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts; and Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Ol­iv­er Dit­son, C. H. Dit­son and Ly­on & Hea­ly, 1873), page 136. For con­certs and an­ni­ver­sa­ries. A beau­ti­ful rep­re­sent­a­tion of the Scrip­tures by ten lit­tle girls, with their names up­on cards in the shape of a shield.

Music: Fi­nis­tère W. War­ren Bent­ley, 1873 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Price (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

The orig­in­al song book had these per­form­ance in­struct­ions:

Enter Pa­tience, bear­ing a rough cross up­on should­er, and takes po­si­tion in centre of stage.

Enter Faith with wreath of flow­ers which she hangs on arm of cross, and takes po­sition by Patience at the right.

Enter Vir­tue with wreath, stands at the right of Faith.

Enter Know­ledge with bas­ket of fruit which she plac­es un­der the arm of the cross, takes po­si­tion at the right of Vir­tue.

Enter Tem­per­ance with li­lies, and winds around the cross, takes her place at the right of Know­ledge.

Enter Ex­per­i­ence, who steps to the side of Pa­tience and as­sists in hold­ing the cross, first stand­ing it up­on the floor.

Enter Hope, and, ad­vanc­ing in front of Pa­tience, points up­ward till sing­ing of Chor­us, then takes po­si­tion at the left of Ex­per­i­ence.

Enter God­li­ness and takes po­si­tion by the side of Hope.

Love en­ters, re­peat­ing soft­ly, Let us one an­o­ther love, and takes po­si­tion by the side of God­li­ness.

Enter Cha­ri­ty who kneels at the foot of the cross.

Experience lifts her up, when she takes her po­si­tion by the side of Love.

All grac­es now ad­vance and join hands, en­circling Pa­ti­ence and Ex­per­ie­nce, till reach­ing the words, Now we part, when they re­tire to back of stage, leav­ing Faith and Hope on each side of the cross, and Cha­ri­ty in front.

Sing cho­rus and re­tire.


Let us learn the Christian graces,
As we walk the heavenly road,
Mark the pathway each one traces,
Upward to the blest abode.
He who loves must learn forbearance,
He who gains must suffer loss;
Tribulation worketh patience,
Patience meekly bears the cross.


For the love we owe to Jesus,
For the love He has bestowed,
Let us learn the Christian graces,
As we walk the heav’nly road.

Patience still the cross upbearing,
Lowly at its foot we bow,
Sinful, trembling, weeping, fearing—
Faith has crowned with flowers its brow!
Lo! its beauty now discerning,
Virtue adds another wreath;
And its growing glories learning,
Knowledge hangs some fruits beneath.


Temperance has brought her lilies,
Spotless white to wind around—
Patience with her burden smiling,
Plants its foot upon the ground;
Sweet experience now shall aid her
To sustain the lighter load;
While fond hope inspires new vigor,
Pointing to the blest abode.


Now in songs of loud hosannas,
Lift our voices heavenward;
Lo! what wondrous grace advances?
Holiness, unto the Lord!
Godliness, her name—Oh hear it!—
Welcome, loveliest sister here!
Godliness, in life and spirit,
Godliness in faith and prayer.