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THE BIBLE AND THE DEATH-BED.

thing, and then it was gone again; but now I death to him, was an inward inflammatory comhave it_I have it."

plaint, which caused the body to swell almost It pleased God to give him, so far as Mr to bursting, and rendered the skin so hot, that

could judge, unfeigned and deep repent the hand could scarcely press it for a moment. ance. He was enabled to cast himself, as the In this fire patience had her perfect work; very worst of sinners in his own apprehension, and lively faith in the grace, compassion, and on the mercy of God in Christ Jesus; and it wisdom of the Redeemer sustained the mind. was a matter of astonishment to himself, that, I had been reading in the newspaper an acin so short a period, he should be brought from count of the trial of some of the infidel serilthe very border of hell to have a lively hope blers of the day, and as I walked to the house of heaven through the blood and righteousness of the suffering Christian, a multitude of of the Redeemer. He only lived three days thoughts crowded my mind in relation to the after Mr C—'s first visit to him; and Mr objections brought against the truth of revelaC— felt justified in saying concerning him : tion, and especially, what a miserable condition " Is not this a brand plucked from the fire ?” the world would be in were it so, that the

What an affecting lesson does this teach on Bible was a fable. Ou entering the house, Mrs the danger of endearouring to forget the truths s said, “Mr S— is sinking very fast, which render a course of iniquity uncomfortable, and I fear he is too far gone to know you; but, as this poor man said he had er deavoured to perhaps, you would like to take a farewell look do, when he first forsook the way of God to at him !" I went to his bed-side-his eyes were walk in the counsel of the ugodly! Truly, in closed; but I perceived his lips moved a little. such cases, God in just judgment suffers “the Mrs S-wished me to try to catch the faint wicked one” to take away the word. First words he seemed to utter. I leaned over him, steps in sin are usually opposed by convictions, and by putting my ear close to his mouth, or reviewed with distress and remorse; but if caught distinctly, “ Not one stroke too many, conviction be trampled under foot, and remorse Lord; not one stroke too many." Soon after be trifled with, very soon conscience will be he recovered a little, and made signs to have silenced, and the heart will become hardened. his lips moistened. His wife then said, “llere

Ilow loudly does this fact enforce the import- is Mr -, my dear.” lle opened his eyes, ance of immediate attention to the sick and looked full in my face with ardent affection dying! “ Perhaps now or nerer" was a motto and pleasure. I said, “ When thou passest with the excellent man who was employed as through the waters, they shall not overflow a messenger of mercy to this guilty creature. thee; and when thou walkest through the fires,

Once,” he told the writer, “I delayed till the they shall not kindle upon thee; I will never morrow to visit a dying sinner, and he died in leave thee I will never forsake thee.” Ilis the night; therefore I now say, Perhaps now or eye kindled up with joy, and new life seemed terer'

to animate his dyiug body; and with a strength What encouragement does this fact afford of voice which surprised his wife, and an emto the ministers of Christ, and the visitors of phasis which spoke the power of truth on his the sick, not to despair of any who are on this mind, he exclaimed, “ O that does me good ! side eternity, and are willing to hear.

thank you, thank you.” “ Then,” I said, “I Death-bed conversion and repentance are, it need not try to prove to you, by a train of argu. is true, to be looked at with suspicion; but ment, that it is truth-the truth of God.” “No," who can say how many shall appear as trophies he said, “no; I feel it-I feel it. I can live on of unbounded grace and mercy who found sal- it-I can die on it.” vation in the eleventh hour ?

He did s0; and lie found the word like a solid And surely this man's short history may be rock beneath his feet, and could sing, placed as a beacon to warn the young, lest they,

Thy word, which I have rested on, too, yield at first to the invitations of the un

Shall cheer my heaviest hour.' godly, forsake the means of grace, and become But to myself, this short interview brought a hardened in iniquity. One step from God is a most delightful and convincing evidence of the fearful thing. Who can say, when a young certainty, power, and glory of the words of sinner turns his back on duty, conviction, and truth. To see a sensible and enlightened ChrisGod, to follow the call of Satan and the world tian, with reason clear, and the impression of -who can say whither he may not be con. an eternal world vivid and strong, with a body ducted, and wliere the scene may end ?

fast sinking into the arms of deatli, and all the best feelings alive to the interests of a never

dying soul—to see him venturing all on a proTHE BIBLE AND THE DEATH-BED.

mise, and feeling that that promise was divineThe Word of the Lord is tried."

0! this was indeed a lesson which the house SIRS

was an old and consistent professor of mourning alone could teach; this was a deof the Gospel. Some few circumstances attend- monstration of the Spirit that the Bible is the ing his last illness were interesting to the God-breathed book, which Ifidels may treat writer, and illustrate the above texi.

with scorn, bus which shall, I trust, endear to The disease which proved the messenger of my soul the heaven-inspired lines, and en

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courage me, under their influence, in a dying the hostility towards the nomad shepherds could day to sing,

not have arisen from this source, as the Egyptians " And to those hands my soul resign,

never killed cows for food, and rarely even oxen. Which bear credentials so divine."

The worship of the bull Apis by the Egyptians was Worcester.

G. R. restricted to an individual animal. The monuments

show that other bulls were used in sacrifices. The

priests themselves eat beef and veal without scruple. ILLUSTRATIONS OF SCRIPTURE EVIDENCES,

Heads of black cattle are represented in the sculpTHE MONUMENTS OF EGYPT. :-(Second Article.)

tures, and there was even a caste of herdsmen among

the Egyptians. Pharaoh himself was a proprietor of BY THE REV. JAMES TAYLOR, ST ANDREWS. cattle; and if the employment itself had been conThe illustrations which the Mosaic history derives sidered degrading, he would searcely have offered the from the monumental sculptures and inscriptions of superintendence of his cattlo to the brother of his Egypt may be divided into two classes—those which prime-minister. corroborate the historical events related or alluded to It would appear, therefore, that the hatred of the in Scripture, and those which illustrate the notices Egyptians to shepherds could not have arisen to any that the Inspired Records contain of the manners and great extent from religious prejudices. Indeed, it customs of the ancient Egyptians. The latter are by would be contrary to all experience to ascribe such much the more valuable of the two; but, before pro intense and pertinacious hatred to anything but a ceeding to their consideration, we may give a few long continuance of national injuries and hostilities. specimens of the former.

The probability seems, therefore, to be, that the averIt appears, from the Scripture narrative, that the sion of the Egyptians was not so much to the rearers pastoral occupation, at a very early period, had be- of cattle, as such, as to those wandering tribes, whose come odious in the eyes of the Egyptians, and that the habits and pursuits rendered them equally an object nomad tribes, by whom it was followed, were the of hatred and fear to a settled and refined people like objects of intense dislike. “Every shepherd," we the inhabitants of Egypt. The shepherds who fed are told (Gen. xlvi. 24), “is an abomination into the their flocks on the borders of Egypt, were in general Egyptians.” And again it is said (Gen. xliii. 32): of Arabian or Libyan descent; and their turbulent “They set on for him by himself, and for them by and aggressive disposition, and their impatience of themselves, and for the Egyptians which did eat with the restraints of a regularly organized society, are him by themselves: because the Egyptians might not sufficient to account for the hatred and scorn with eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomina- which they were regarded by their civilized neightion to the Egyptians." The monuments afford a strik- bours. ing corroboration of these statements, and indisput- The Egyptians suffered long and severely from the ably establish that the wandering tribes were regarded ravages of these pastoral tribes, whose plundering by the Egyptians with thorough detestation. They propensities have varied very little during the course are constantly brought before us in the most humiliat- of three thousand years; and at length, in the reign ing and degrading situations. We find them crushed of Thamuz, they invaded and conquered the country. under the chariot wheels of the kings, trampled be- Their usurpation lasted two hundred and sixty years, neath the feet of the warriors, and massacred without during which they exercised a degree of cruelty and mercy. Captives of the hated race are represented as oppression which left an indelible sense of hatred the most degraded of slaves. They are figured as Carya- upon the minds of the native Egyptians. They were tides, supporting vases and other articles of domestic at length expelled from Egypt, after a war of thirty furniture, particularly the foot-baths. They are even years, and proceeding northward they settled in Papainted on the soles of shoes or sandals, as if to inti- lestine—or Shepherdland, a name which the country mate that they should be for ever trodden down under derived from them--and became the Philistines of the feet of their enemies. We see them on the monu- the sacred history. This event, according to Dr ments represented as the supporters of a throne or Hales, was about twenty-seven years before the comchair of state; and the artist has indulged the national mencement of Joseph's administration, and, as the enmity, by adding to this degradation, chains, fetters, memory of the tyranny which they had suffered must and a most painful posture.* Various causes have have still been fresh in the minds of the Egyptians, been assigned for this intense aversion towards the this seems sufficiently to accoumt for the fact that shepherd race. Some have supposed that it was the every shepherd was an abomination to the Egypanimal worship of the Egyptians which made them tians." Their dislike must have been the more intense, entertain a dislike to persons who fed on animals too, against persons who, like the Hebrews, came which they accounted sacred. But this causo will from the country to which their expelled enemies not account for the general existence of the feeling had withdrawn. They might not unreasonably have susreferred to. The usage of the Egyptians was by no pected that their Hebrew visitors were a party of the mcans uniform in regard to the objects of their vene- same people; and the harsh reception they met with ration. The inhabitants of one district worshipped from Joseph, the strict examination which they ungoats and fed on sheep, while those of another dis- derwent, and the charge of being spies come to see trict fed on sheep and worshipped goats. Of the the nakedness of the land, is probably just what larger cattle the cow alone was considered sacred; but would have happened if they had really been person,

* Taylor's Illustrations of the Bible by Egyptian Monu. ally unknown to the governor of Egypt.* ments, p. 6. Notes by do. to Hengstenberg's Egypt, p. 24.

* Illustrated Commentary on Gen. xlvi. 34.

ILLUSTRATIONS OF SCRIPTURE EVIDENCES.

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It is worthy of notice, also, that “the land of two children, and a number of attendants. The two Goshen" appears to have been a border province, foremost of the strangers bring as presents the antesituated on the north-eastern frontier of Egypt, lope and the ibix of Lebanon. The others are armed and was therefore exposed to the ravages of the with clubs, spe: rs, bows and arrows; and one of them Domad tribes of South-Western Asia. From this carries and performs on a lyre, which has been by quarter the Valley of the Nile was successively in antiquarians identified with the Jewish “ Chinnor.” vaded and conquered by the Persians, the Macedo- They are accompanied by two asses of the desert, nians, the Arabs, and the Turks; and it is evident which carry two children, together with the arms of that, in the days of Joseph, it was regarded as the the party, and the leather water bottles, such as are most vulnerable part of the country. It seems to still used for carrying water through the deserts of have been the first district which the shepherds occu- Arabia. The men wear many-coloured tunics, and pied when they invaded Egypt, and the last from sandals; and all have beards, "contrary to the cuswhich they retired. It was a tract of country pecu- tom of the Egyptians, although very general in the liarly suitable for the pasturage of cattle; and as the East at that period, and represented in their sculpEgyptians were not a pastoral people, it had probably tures as a peculiarity of foreign uncivilized nations." remained in a great measure unoccupied during the The females wear tunics of the same primitive chashort period that elapsed between the expulsion of racter, dyed with a peculiar pattern of stripes, interthe shepherds and the arrival of Jacob and his family. mixed with waved lines, and short leather boots, This will account for its being so readily assigned to which are never worn by the Egyptian females. the Hebrews, who, being a pastoral people, were most These are the main points of the painting, which is naturally placed in a district from which a pastoral believed to have a direct reference to the arrival of tribe had just been expelled. Thus Joseph, even Jacob's family in Egypt, on the following grounds : before the arrival of his father and brethren in Egypt, The owner of the tomb was governor of the district at once promises that they should dwell in the land in the neighbourhood of Goshen, where the Jews of Goshen; and, when they were about to be pre- afterwards settled. The name of the royal secretary sented to Pharaoh, he tells them: “ Ye shall say, who introduces them is written “Jusuf”—the present Thy servants' trade hath been about cattle from Eastern name for Joseph. Their number, ten men our youth even until now, both we and also our and a lad, corresponds exactly with that of Joseph's fathers: that ye may drell in the land of Goshen;" brethren. They have evidently just crossed the which seems to indicate both that the land remained desert, and the animals they bring indicate their unoccupied, and his conviction that Pharaoh would Judean locality. The words Nazareth and Sichem at once assign that territory to them as soon as he can be traced on the accompanying inscription. And knew that they were shepherds. This assignment of finally, their Hebrew physiognomies and costume, all Goshen to the Hebrews, as Dr Hales justly remarks, point to the same conclusion, and bear striking corrowas no less wise than liberal policy on the part of borative evidence to the truth of the Mosaic record. the Egyptian monarch; as this “nakedness of the There is another well known picture, termed by land"_literally“

“the defenceless part of the country” Rosellini, “the Jewish brickmakers,” copied from the -the barrier towards Palestine and Arabia—the tomb of the chief architect of one of the Pharaohs, quarters from which invasion was most dreaded—was which was in all probability intended as a representain a short time covered by a numerous, brave, and tion of the scene described by Moses, when it is said, industrious people, amply repaying, by the additional “ The Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve security and resources which they gave to Egypt, with rigour, and they made their lives bitter with their hospitable reception and naturalization.* hard bondage, in mortar, and in brick, and in all

Manetho (a priest who, about 180 B.C., tran- manner of service in the field.” “And the officers of slated into Greek the Annals of the Ancient Kings the children of Israel, which Pharaoh's taskmasters

of Egypt), and after him Josephus, have strangely | had set over them, were beaten, and demanded, | confounded the shepherds with the Israelites. This Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task in making

theory, though strenuously supported by Hengsten- brick both yesterday and to-day, as heretofore ?" berg, may now be regarded as completely exploded. The picture referred to represents a number of workFrom the name Scios given to them on the monu- men or slaves, with countenances undeniably Jewish, ments, and from their physical appearance, there is engaged in the various parts of the process of brickevery probability that they were a Scythian race, making, cutting out the bricks, moulding them, and driven upon Egypt “by the general pressure of popu- spreading them out to dry in the sun-their beards lation from the north-east towards the south-west, half-grown-their limbs bespattered with mud, and which led the nomad Shemitic tribes first to over- their Egyptian taskmasters with the scourge superincome the original inhabitants of Palestine, and, con- | tending their labour. To the right of the picture tinuing in the same line of advance, then to enter two of the Egyptian officers, distinguished from the and subdue Egypt."

Israelites by their head-dresses and complexion, are There is a remarkable scene depicted in a tomb at represented as compelled, by the blows of the taskBeni-Hassan, which is now generally supposed to be masters, to bear the vessels of clay, and the brick a representation of the arrival of Jacob's family in yoke, and to complete the work which the slaves Egypt. A royal scribe or secretary of state ushers under their charge had failed to perform. “Of the into the presence of a viceroy of the reigning Pharaoh labourers,” says Rosellini, “some are employed in ten men and one kad, accompanied by several females, transporting the clay in vessels, some in interiingling # Pictorial Bible, vol. i., p. 126, 127.

it with the straw; others are taking the bricks out of the furnace and placing them in rows; and others, wards, when the floods had subsided, the sands were with a piece of wood upon their backs, and ropes on chequered with the skeleto:s of some forty human each side, carry away the bricks already burned or

beings, the same having been denuded of the flesh by dricd. Their dissimilarity to the Egyptians appears entire and untouched were the insides of the hands,

dogs and jackals. The only parts which remained at the first view; their complexion, physiognomy, and the bottoms of the feet; and whilst I stood gazing and beard, permit us not to be mistaken in supposing a while upon the solemn and distressing spectacle, it them to be Hebrews. They wear, at the hips, the brought to my mind the remarkable passage conapron which is common among the Egyptians; and tained in the Second Book of Kings, which relates to there is also represented as in use among them a

the unhappy fate of Jezebel, who, it is recorded kind of short trowsers. Among the Hebrews, four mained of her but the polms of her hands, and the

therein, was devoured of dogs, and nothing, reEgyptians, very distinguishable by their mien, figure,

soles of her feet.” Thus the truth of the above pasand colour, are scen; two of them, one sitting and sage is supported by similar occurrences borne witness the other standing, carry a stick in their hand, ready to in modern times by eastern travellers.-Corresto fall upon two other Egyptians, who are here repre-pondent of Morning Posl. sented like the Hebrews-one of them carrying on his shoulder a vessel of clay, and the other returning "Unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of Righteousfrom the transportation of brick, carrying his empty

ness arise with healing in his wings."-MAL. iv. 2. vessel to get a new load. The tomb in which this AMONG the Egyptians a winged sun was the emblem picture was found, was made in the time of the fifth of an active, superintending, anů protecting Provi

dence. The figure of such a sun may be found, king of the eighteenth dynasty, and belonged to Rochscere, who was overseer of the public buildings, February 17, 1814; the orb appearing in the centre

among other Egyptian symbols, in the Athenaeum of and had, consequently, the charge of all the works of two elongated wings, undertaken by the king." The scene depicted in this It is remarkable that most, if not all, of the best sketch derives additional light from a spectacle wit- commentators consider the word “ wings," in the nossed by Carne, at Alexandria, during the progress of passage quoted above as “rays,” in order to make the canal which Mehemet Ali compelled one hundred any sense of the passage; but this reference to the and fifty thousand men, chiefly Arabs from Upper Bishop Newcombe, and, after him, Scott, alike sup

Egyptian mythology appears to offer the best solution. Egypt, to construct, for the purpose of connecting pose * wings” to be a metaphor for “ beams.” the Nile with the sea. “ The bed of the canal pre- Bishop Beveridge also reads "rays” for “ wings," sented a novel spectacle, being filled with a vast which D'Oly and Mant adopt; while Diodati does number of Arabs of various colours, toiling in the

not notice the word. Henry interprets “ wings” by intense heat of the day; while their Egyptian task- metaphorically for the sun's swiftness of motion,

· beams;" but Calmet supposes “wings" to be put masters, with whips in their hands, watched the thus accrediting one sense of the Egyptian emblem. progress of their labour. It was a just and a lively Pole and Cruden are alike unsatisfactory; all which representation of the children of Israel, forced to is the more remarkable, as the orginal word has no toil by their oppressive masters of old. The wages

such meaning as “ ray” or “beam" affixed to it in Mahmoud allowed to these unfortunate people, whom the senses given by Gesenius in his Lexicon; and as he had obliged to quit their homes and families in original word “ wings.” If this view of the prophet's

the Septuagint version (like our own) renders the Upper Egypt, were only a penny a-day, and a ration reference to the ancient emblem be correct, it is as of bread.” Twenty thousand of their number perished if he had said: “The Sun of Righteousness, which during the progress of the work.

shall enlighten true believers (superior to the natural sun, which is symbolized with wings,' as illustrating

the superintending agency of the God of providence), SCRIPTURE ILLUSTRATIONS.

shall have superadded to all this natural energy, the

spiritual principle and saving property, proceeding, * They found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, from the God of grace, which are · for the healing of

and the palms of the hands."—° Kings ix. 35. the nations.?”– Poynder's Literary Extracts. Ir may appear somewhat extraordinary, but it is true, that, although the hyena, jackal, and pariah doys of India greedily devour human flesh whenever

THE FORTY MARTYRS OF SEBASTE. they may come across it, yet do they, owing to some

Among the martyrs who suffered in the persecutions instinctive and inherent prejudice, invariably abandon the hands and feet of such corpses as they may have

that the Roman emperors raised against the early in every other respect consuned. And this remark Christians, there were forty who endured martyrdom holds generally good in all parts of the East. On the at the same time, in the city of Sebaste, in Armenia, arid sands of Juggernaut, where the pilgrims die by a country of the East. They all belonged to the hundreds and thousands throughout the year, from Roman

army,

and were in the strength and vigour the effects of disease and famiue, and whose remains

of their age. They had received many rewards for are devoured by the dogs and other obscene animals (there being no hand near that will, on account of their valour, and had been advanced to places of caste, afford burial), the former fact is fully estab- trust. But these earthly honours were not what lished and confirmed. On one occasion it happened most occupied their minds—they had become Christhat a ferry-boat, laden with pilgrims, was in the act tians, and were leading Christian lives. The general o effecting a transit over the Subunreeka River, near the village of Jellasore, in the height of the rainy idols; and he thought, that in order to conquer the

of the army was a Heathen, devoted to the service of monsoon, and from its having been overladen with passengers, it was swamped; and, owing to the fear- enemy, he must sacrifice these Christians to the ful impetuosity of the torrent, the whole of the party honour of his false gods. These faithful soldiers of were drowned; and in the course of a week after- | Christ did not deny their profession; they refused

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to offer sacrifice to the idols, and were brought pub- Fertile wreaths of the regal rose, licly before the judgment-seat on their refusal. When And “blossom-showers,” like the cistus snows. they received the emperor's order to obey, they Her growing charms rich hues assume, answered boldly that they were Christians, and that When Summer unfolds her deep perfume, no tortures with which they could be threatened And the glorious sun can no shadow trace should force them to forsake their religion. Upon On the cloudl:ss light of her rosy face; this they were cruelly tortured, and then put in pri- But violet-tuits, where her smiles have been, son, and confined there for a week, being fastened Spangle the copses and meadows green together by chains. It was the end of the winter, Where silvan streams come rippling by, which is very cold in Armenia ; and an east wind, And groves are mirthful with melody; which blew at that time, increased the severity of And the carol of birds, in “ choral swell," the cold. The judge ordered these holy men to be Ring jocundly in the silvan dell. stripped of their clothing, and exposed to the frost All ye that hear the glad“ voice of Spring," during he coldest part of the night, till the violence And think what stores her beauties bring, of it should cause their death. They went cheerfully And hope what her bloom fulfilled may be, to the place of their punishment, weich was close to O! swell the anthem, and bend the kneethe public baths, that they might see relief at hand, Let meek Devotion bend the head, if they were overcome with pain, and ready to deny And thank the Lord for your daily bread. their faith.

Miss AIRD. Amongst the various words with which they encouraged each other, they all proyed together to God that he would preserve their number complete. This CONSCIENCE AND THE CONFESSIONAL. was fulfilled, but in a different sense from that in

In a town in Massachusetts a Roman Catholic had which they intended it, and may remind us of the stolen an axe, and had it in his possession a year or fall of Judas, and the election of St Matthias.

In conversat on with the Protestant minister One of these forty fellow-sufferers yielded, and of the place, he tuind him that his stealing the axe lay was carried into the baths to be restored by the

very heavy on his mind, and that he wanted to go to warmth of the fire; but he did not save his temporal pardoned. The minister advised him to return the

Boston to confess to the priest, that he might be life, for he died as soon as he was brought in there.

axe to its lawful owner, and confess the injury that His place was supplied with a soldier who had charge he had done to him. He replied that he wanted to of the baths, and who had been watching the mar- keep the are, for he feared that he should not get tyrs; he hastened to join them, crying out that he another as good. He wished to confess to the priest, was a Christian. He was bound with chains, and

and yet retain the stolen property. If he could only placed among them. At last they all expired from confis, the burden that lay so heavily upon his minů

would be removed. Such is the education which the the cold ; and their deal bodies were heaped together consci nce gets at the confessional. To steal is noand carried away to be consumed by fire. The thing, and to keep stolen goods is nothing; but not youngest of all these martyrs, whose name was Meli- to confess to the priest is a damning sin! ton, was still living after all the rest were dead; the executioners brought his mother to him, hoping that

TWO QUESTIONS. she would persuade him to deny his faith, and live. She was a poor woman, and a widow; but she had

What am I? brought up her son in the knowledge of true wisdom.

Where am I? She now came to him, and found his limbs frozen, his

1. What am I? Am I a child of God or not? breath short, and his speech gone; he could only look Am I sincere in religion, or am I only a hypocrite at her, and made signs to endeavour to console her. under a profession? She exborted him to persevere unto the end; and 2. Where am I? Am I yet in a natural state, or then with her own hands laid him on the chariot a state of grace? Am I yet in the old root-in old where the dead bodies of his companions had been Adam ? or am I in the root Christ Jesus? Am I in placed, and followed him rejoicing in his victory. the covenant of works, that ministers only wrath and This is said to have happened in the month of death? or am I in the covenant of grace, that minisMarch,

ters life and peace ?- Mead.

THE GENIUS OF SPRING.
To cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth.".
The nursling Spring--like a dancing child,
With smailes on her opening lip so mild-
Comes decked with garlands of buddling flowers,
Leading the glowing, golden hours.
Her tasseled vest, all gemmed with dew,
While promise breathes in her eye of blue;
And she gathers many a rich bouquet
From the budding boughs of the flowering tree,
And gaily flings, in her sunny mirth,
O'er these vernal children of the earth

LEARNING AND DOING. “The sheep, when they have been feeding, do not carry to their shepherds the grass itself, to show them how much they have eaten; but, having digested it, they produce wool and milk in return. In like manner, do not you be in haste to show to the ignorant the words you have learned, but rather the good works wbich come from the inward digesting of them."- Epictetus.

From this Heathen we may all take a useful hint. If we were as anxious to bring forth the fruits of the Gospel, as to show how much we know of the Gospel. it would be better for us and for the world.

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