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ren and sisters, vea, and his own life also, he can. Among these, the case of the Rev. A. Nicos de not be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear Silva, their pastor, is remarkable for the extent and his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple." | the severity of the trials suffered for Christ's sake. It is a great demand this--that we give up all that He was a merchant of Madeira, of large fortune and is most precious to our natural human heart, nay, high standing. While the persecution was in prothat we lay down our sweet human life itself; but gress in that island, he was struck by the enthusiastic men have ever, in opinion at least, deemed it a devotion, the patience, the lofty courage, the mar. worse thing to possess them all under conditions in vellous virtue, of the persecuted. He felt the curiosity volving the loss of honour--the loss of upright cha of an ingenuous, candid, and enlightened spirit, to racter, than to lose them all and yet preserve these. inquire into these unusual moral phenomena. What Orators and poets speak of things which are dearer made these peo

I made these people so willing to suffer all things if than life with all iis endearments; and history re- they might only possess the Bible-80 earnest, and cords the admired examples of philosophers and | yet so gentle-s0 courageous, and yet so free from heroes, who sacrificed all things else, rather than violence? What cause of offence was there in sacrifice principle.

their conduct? They were good subjects, falling When our Saviour announced this high devotion behind no men in all diligence and faithfulness in to his cause as the test of discipleship, he meant not every office of society; and they asked nothing more merely to expound the exalted nature of his religion, than to read God's Word, and to worship God after and the all-absorbing energy of its doctrines and their own conscience, without molestation. Nicos life, and thus to discourage the attentions and pro de Silva visited Dr Kalley, the English missionary fessions of the time-serving, the selfish, and the am- engaged in distributing God's Word, and inquired of bitious: but he meant also to prepare his genuine him, like Nicodemus of old, what these things meant? disciples for the conflicts in which they were about The result of these inquiries was, that he too emto engage, and the extremities to which they were braced the Word of God, and cast in his lot among about to be brought. These sacrifices would soon be God's persecuted people. His family, consisting of stern realities. Christ did not entrap them into his a wife and daughter, remained inveterate Romanists, service, but he did everything calculated, on the whilst he, forsaking his possessions, wife and child, ordinary principles of human action, to deter them and all other kindred, was compelled, with his breth from it. He demanded of them to follow him for ren in suffering for Christ's sake, to flee to the island his truth and benevolence-for the very life of self. of Trinidad. He there became the pastor of the sacrificing duty which he enjoined--for the very persecuted flock, being ordained by some Protestant purity, spirituality, and unworldliness, which he re clergymen of the Free Church of Scotland. Thencevealed in his own character, and which he required | forth he lived only for his flock and the glory of his as the fundamental elements of theirs. The history Lord. He did not cease to write to his family, to of Christianity in the age of the apostles, and in warn and to entreat, while with tears he offered many subsequent ages, furnishes glorious illustrations many prayers to God in their behalf. But he felt of the intense devotion which Christ requires. It that God had now given him his houses and lands. became necessary to forsake one's kindred-to suffer his wife and children, father and mother, sisters and the loss of all earthly possessions-to lay down life | brethren, in the persecuted saints committed to his itself, for Christ's sake. The Church furnishes the ministry. noblest examples of devotion to truth and duty. It 1 It was that he might provide a way for their setis a moral heroism before which all other heroism tlement in this country that he visited our shores.

. It is the more sublime, because unat- Wbile engaged in this object, in connexion with the tended with those external circumstances which pastoral oversight of those who had already emigrated, throw around the earthly hero such an inspiring and his health failed. By privations, labours, and suffersustaining glory. To die like Leonidas in the pass ings manifold, and exposure to a climate for whose of Thermopylæ, is a very different thing from dying severities his constitution and circumstances made a on the cross, or at the stake, an object of the world's | poor preparation, he declined rapidly, and found a scorn. The one is borne up by the expectation of a blessed termination of all his trials in the “rest that deathless fame-the other, by the consciousness of remaineth for the people of God." Last Friday, the rectitude, and the expectation of reward where the hands of kind and devout men laid his body in the voice of the world is not heard. The latter is unques grave, and mourned with his mourning flock. The tionably the greater; but the man must triumph over funeral services were performed in the Dutch himself ere he can feel its power.

Reformed church in Lafavette Place. Dr Dewitt These instances in our day are rare, and we almost opened with prayer. Rev. H. Norton, corresponding cease to look for them. When they do occur, per- secretary of the American Protestant Society, made haps we are the less affected by them, from the fact an address. The Rev. Mr Gonsalves, missionary of that they do not seem to belong to our times. We the Society among the Portuguese, made an address are prone to look upon them as something novel, to the Portuguese in their own language. Then rather than as containing the vital spirit of our reli- | they arose and sung a hymn in the Portuguese. gion. Is it not in this way that we are to account Another prayer was offered, and the services ended. for the feeble impression, compared with what might In his last sickness he was uncomplaining, full of have been expected, produced by the presence among patience and love, and fervent in his prayers for his us of seventy Portuguese refugees, a part of six wife and child, and his beloved flock in Trinidad and hundred, driven from the island of Madeira. by a around him. Thus this dear servant of our Lord Romish persecution, which reminds us of the worst laid down even his life for his Master's cause. He days of the Inquisition, and proves that Rome only did not die at the stake, but his death was superinwants the power to renew her ancient atrocities? duced by labours and sufferings. He has undergone It is well for us to remember, after all, that this literally the test of discipleship. To him the Master persecution, although a novelty, is nevertheless a may say, “ Thou hast borne, and hast patience, and reality. These refugees are among us, making a for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not silent and meek appeal to our holiest sympathies; and fainted.” Sweet is the sleep of the weariod, wornaffording us, at the same time, such an illustration out servant. He rests from his labours. But, oh! as we have never before looked upon with our eyes, let us not forget, that we, if not tried like him, must of the words of Christ above quoted.

possess the same spirit. Can we show our sympathy HELEM AND SHELESH.

with an example so Christ-like and exalted, in a way | Tarshish. Such ships I never dreamed of! Why. more just and appropriate, than by taking under our there was a fleet of them! Some had elephants alive, protection, and cherishing the flock which this martyr

some were filled with the white horns of the elephant! of Christ has left us as his legacy ?-New York Evangelist.

some with apes --- what a chattering they made!

some with peacocks-what a screaming! Some bad DEATH ON THE SABBATH,

silver, and some gold! Such heaps and bags of gold! ABOUT the year 1830, Charlotte Elizabeth penned the

and all for Solomon! They had been gone three years ! following lines and sixteen years afterwards, on

Then came a long row of kings with their presents. Sabbath the 12th July, 1846, entered into that rest Such harnesses for horses and chariots—such plates which remaineth for the people of God:

and bowls and dishes of silver and of gold--such "I will no more drink of the fruit of the vine, until I horses and mules-such robes of silk and linen-such drink it new in my Father's kingdom."

crowns and sceptres as the kings brought! It seemed Thou cup of blessing, fare-thee-well,

as if all the beautiful things of the earth were at JeruMy lips shall kiss thy brim no more; salem, in the king's treasury. Then there is a reguMid shadows I no longer dwell,

lar chariot running between Jerusalem and Egypt, Nor diet on the temple's store.

and anybody can ride up and down for six hundred I go to quafi, in heaven above,

shekels of silver, or a man can take passage on horseThe wine of my Redeemer's love;

back for one hundred and fifty shekels, for the king In pastures where the Lamb doth lead raises his horses there. The kings of the earth come His ransom’d flock, I go to feed.

to Jerusalem to do him homage. He has fourteen Ye Sabbath bells, your early chime

hundred war chariots, and four thousand stables for

his horses, and twelve thousand horsemen. He has Again shall sweetly wake to-morrow,

whole cities devoted to his chariots. To melt the heart of pardon'd crime,

But that is

not all. Solomon has the greatest family-three To calm the heaving sigh of sorrow.

hundred wires and seven hundred concubines, selectMine eyes shall see this Sabbath day

ed from all the great families of the earth-80 that The hand which wipes my tears away.

it is for the interest of all people to maintain the O Sabbath of unknown delight!

honour and the glory of our people. O day that cannot merge in night!

At Ezion.

geber, too, he has an overwhelming army, all equipped Farewell to my Redeemer's cross,

with spears, and swords, and war-clubs—the very perTo struggling sin, farewell for ever; tection of naval equipment, and such, probably, as On life's wild wave no more I toss,

the world will never excel. But what I especially And passion's storm shall vex me never. rejoice in at this time is, that he has just concluded The chain is rent-my conflicts cease,

a treaty by which he extends his dominions all the All, all is pure, eternal peace

way across the desert to the great river Euphrates! Up to my Saviour's throne I soar,

-a country vastly larger than all the original terTo rest and sing for evermore.

ritory of the twelve tribes. Oh! many times greater

Then in the middle of it, he has built the great city HELEM AND SHELESH.

Tadmor of the wilderness, where the caravans car BY REY, JOHN TODD.

stop, and where the army can lodge, who are stationed (At a cottage at the foot of Mount Horeb, towards the close there to defend the caravans from the robbers. That of Solomon's reign.)

Tadmor is a wonder! And now, what thinkest thou Helem.- Why, my son, thou hast stayed at the father? --with such a king, with so much politica city longer than I expected! We began to fear lest talent, with such revenues, such an army, such a navy, zeal in politics would lead thee to enlist in the army, such a territory, what can stop our destiny? I can or somehow or other to enter the service of the king. see no end to our greatness--and our destiny is to fil' Long life to him! But what impressions hast thou Asia, and perhaps to crowd out all other people a: received ?

we did the Canaanites, and fill the world. Glorious Shelesk.-Go to now, my good father. Thou art destiny! Not a king in the world dares lift a finger more than half right. I had some knowledge of the against us. The union of our tribes is now for ever history of our nation through thee and the holy secure. We are bound together by the gloriou writings, but never got the idea of what we are, and temple of Solomon, by the treasures which he hath are to become, till I went to Jerusalem. Now I Jaid up, by our commerce by sea and by land, by the know that nothing can check or thwart our destiny. families allied to Solomon by marriage, and by our Mine eyes have seen, and therefore I know! preparations for war. Nothing can ever weaken this

Helem.-Well, let my ears hear, for they are glorious union of our tribes. We have only to fulfil open.

our destiny. They already talk of extending our doSkelesh. So will thine eyes be shortly. Thy few minions so as to take in Ethiopia. lines on the parchment addressed to Shobah, the Helem.–Didst thou hear anything of Jeroboam, king's keeper of fowls, introduced me to the very | the son of Nebat ? heart of things. Already is Solomon the wonder of Shelesh.Yea, father, I heard his name mentioned. the earth, and yet our nation has but just begun its | He hath fled to the lower parts of Egypt and enliscareer of glory! I went over the mountains to Joppa, ted as a soldier there, and can never return here, if and stood on the wharf when his ships came in from he be not already dead. They laugh at some folly

in the form of anointing him, which took place al Shelesh.—Thou speakest in harshness. great while ago.

Helem.-Not in harshness, but in sorrow, my son; Helem.--Didst thou hear anything said of Solo for I know that the very mercies which we have enmon's piety, my son?

joyed will, if perverted, bring a curee equally great. Shelesh.- Why, no. He is getting old, and what But it is time for the evening sacrifice. The sha with all the kings that come to see him and his wives, dows of Horeb have gone over the valley. Let us who are related to them, and wbat with all his com- | turn our faces towards beloved Jerusalem, and worpany, and concubines, and wealth, and glory, they say ship. he doesn't get time to go up to the temple. But some say he reads good books at home on the Sabbath.

“LOVEST THOU ME?" The high priest shakes his head and mourns much, but they think it's because he is growing very old, BY THE LATE REV, W, NEVINS, BALTIMORE. and Solomon's example keeps almost all Jerusalem We make a profession of Christianity, and go along away from the temple. In fact it's unfashionable, from day to day, and perhaps from year to year, and but few go there now, except strangers.

supposing that we are Christians, and that all is well Helem.- Ah! my son, mine ears have drunk in

with us—that we are equipped for the encounter of

death, and prepared to meet our Judge, and take heavy tidings. I grieve for my people, for my king,

our place in heaven-when it may be we are not able and for thee, my child. Where thou seest glory, and to answer till after long consideration, and then destiny, and strength, and eternal perpetuity, I see with not a little doubt and misgiving, so simple a shame and weakness, disunion, and the curse of our question in Christian experience as “Lovest thou fathers' God.

me?" Peradventure the utmost we dare say, after Shelesh.--Let not my father say so.

all our reflection and self-research, is, “I really do

not know how it is. I hope I love him.” This will Helem.-Hast thou not read that the king whom

never do. The question, "Lovest thou me,” is one thou shalt set over thee “shall not multiply horses which every person, making any pretensions to to himself, nor cause his people to return to Egypt, Christianity, ought to be able to answer affirmatively to the end that he should multiply horses; neither at once. Indeed, we ought not to give our Saviour shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart any occasion to ask the question. It is very much

to our discredit-it should make us blush and be turn not away; neither shall he greatly multiply to

ashamed--that our manifestations of love to him are himself silver and gold ?" According to thy showing,

of 89 equivocal a character as to leave the very exisour aged king hath had his heart turned away from tence of the affection doubtful, and to render it nethe law and the worship of his God. The great and cessary for him to interrogate us in reference to it. the wise one, spending his time and money in im

There are many less lovely beings than Christ that porting an army of apes and peacocks! Instead of

have not to ask us if we love them. We act in such making God the support of his throne-filling the

a manner towards them, that they cannot for a

moment doubt the fact of their being dear and prekingdom with horses and chariots of war! Instead eious to us. They do not want our words to assure of instructing and enlightening his people-trying to them. They have our uniform conduct and deportextend his sceptre over the wide deserts, and mak ment making the silent yet more forcible declaration. ing those fierce, wandering, ignorant tribes of the de

Has your parent to ask you if you love him, or your Bert a part of his people! And talking of taking in

child? Have husbands and wives, brothers and

sisters, and friends, to ask this question of each other? Ethiopia, thou sayest! Why, Shelesh, I am old and

O no-none but Christ has to ask us if we love him! grey-headed; thou art young: I have ever lived And he has not only to ask the question, but to wait, here at the foot of Horeb, and have never gone to sometimes a long while, for an answer. We have to Jerusalem, except to worship : but, mark me! I consider, and go into examination, and call up our shall not long lie in my grave, ere the curse will be

conduct to the bar of judgment, and dissect our very

hearts, before we can venture an answer. This is gin to fall upon our people. I fear that the sceptre

strange. It is not so in other cases. If a relative will fall from the hands of David's line, and bright

or a friend, more for the gratification of a renewed jewels fall from his crown. I fear that Jeroboam, expression of our love, than from any doubt of its the son of Nebat, or some other scourge, will be let existence, ask us if we love him, do we keep him loose, to bring ruin over these tribes. God can make waiting for an answer? Do we say, “Well, I must the very temple, wherein thou trustest, the cause of

consider. I must examine myself. I hope I do."

No, indeed. We are ready with our affirmative. digunion. He can give these chariot-cities and these

Nor is it a cold yes we return; but we express our war preparations into the hands of an usurper, and surprise at the question. “Love you!” And we they will only increase his power. And that great assure the person in the most emphatic and ardent territory a bond of union! Why, the wild sands language that we love him, and all our manner shows will blow there, and the robber tribes will rove there,

| him that we speak out of the abundance of the heart. and it will only be held for a short time. That Tad

But we do not express surprise that our Saviour mor of the wilderness will become a pile of ruins, at the question from him. We know too well how where the traveller shall stop to admire the broken much reason we give him to doubt our affection, columns, and hear the serpent hiss, and startle the Why should there be such a difference in favour of owls and the bats. “Them that honour me I will the earthly objects of our love? Is not Christ as honour," saith the Lord. And when the plain com.

lovely as those other beings—as deserving of affection mands of God are trampled on by the ruler of his people,

---as attractive of love He is altogether lovely,

Are they? He possesses infinite loveliness. Nor he will cause the throne of power to crumble, and the does that express all. He is essential Love. Nor sceptre to break, and will roll in woes like a river. love at rest, but in motion; nor far off, but near


exerting infinite energy in action, exercising infinite weak! His, so ardent !ours, so cold! His, so fortitude in suffering-earth the scene, and man the constant !-ours, so fickle! His, 80 active !-ours, object. It is he who asks, “Lovest thou me?" And so indolent! So high, so deep, 80 long, so broad his he of whom he asks it is this man, the intelligent love, its dimensions cannot be comprehended, it spectator of all this love, ay, its chosen and che- passeth knowledge—while ours is 80 limited, and so rished object.

minute, it eludes research ! If Christ were not nearly related to us, as those other beings are, that might be the reason of the difference in their favour. But who is so closely A WORD SPOKEN IN DUE SEASON. related to us, so intimately joined to us, as Christ? He formed us, and in him we live, move, and have

A few years since I took up my abode at a farmour being. Does not that imply nearness? Is he

house, not many miles from the city of — , for divine, while we are human? He is human as well the purpose of recruiting my health, which was much as divine--one of the brotherhood of flesh and blood. impaired from a long residence in a tropical climate. He came down to earth to take our nature on him, Being advised, by the physician who attended me nor went up to heaven again without it. There it

on my arrival in England, to travel by slow stages is-our humanity allied to divinity, divinity radiant through it, on the throne. Is he not related to us?

to my native air, I selected a village in the county He says of every one who does the will of his father, of for my abode; and it being the summer “ The same is my brother, and sister, and mother." season when I arrived thither, most of my hours That alone relates us to him more than all human were spent in walking about the fields and lanes, ties. But that is not all. Christ is the husband of

for it was a retired and delightful spot. the Church. He is one with it. If we are his dis

One morning after rambling from field to field ciples, he is the vine, and we the branches-he the head, and we the members. Yea, "we are members

till I was fatigued, I sat myself down on the side of of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones." Does a bank, near a labouring man turning a muck-heap. not this express a near and intimate relation ? Now After making an observation upon the fineness of it is one so near to us, 80 joined to us, who asks, the weather, and the laborious task he had in hand “Lovest thou me?"

upon so hot a day, we were interrupted by a poor Have our friends, whom we are so conscious of loving, done more for us than Christ, or made greater

travelling man on foot, who was on his way to the sacrifices for us? Are we under greater personal

next village, which was about two miles off. Havobligation to them?

ing placed his bag upon the ground, he seated him“ Which of all our friends, to save us,

self by the side of the muck-heap, and began to conCould or would have shed his biood ?

verse with the man, who at that instant had ceased But this Saviour died to have us

from labour, for the purpose of eating his dinner, Reconciled, in him, to God."

which consisted of bread and pork. A piece of this And yet we know we love those friends; but this

(for he was what his fellow-servants were accusfriend! we know not whether we love him or not!we only hope we do!

tomed to call a good-hearted, liberal fellow) was Do other beings find such difficulty in loving

offered to the stranger, who very readily and thankChrist ? and are they at such a loss to know when fully accepted the kind offer, for he said he had they do love him: O no! His Father testifies, travelled a long way, and was both tired and hungry. * This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." | But, before he tasted a mouthful, he begged he And he is called also his well-beloved, his dear Son.

might be permitted to ask a blessing of God, as he All the angels of God love and worship him, and delight to ascribe infinite worthiness to him. It is

was accustomed to do on every such occasion. only men who find any difficulty in loving Christ.

The man whom he addressed looked with wonder It is only the human heart that hesitates and hangs and astonishment, first at the traveller, and then at back. Is there any reason for this—any reason why me, and laughed, saying, “ Were 1 to offer up a men should be the last to love Christ, and why they

prayer every time I partake of a meal's victuals, I should love him least of all who behold his loveliness? I see none; but I think I see reasons many,

should lose more time than I could afford. What and strong, and tender, why we should be first, and

think you, sir, of all this nonsense,” as he called it, most forward, and warmest in our affection to him. “ of saying grace?" I paused, and, after remonHow many worlds he passed to alight on this! How strating for some time upon his profane language, I many created natures he rejected, when froin all of tried to impress upon his mind the utility and duty thern he chose the human to be united to divinity!

there were for offering up our thanks to that Divine Others have sinned, yet not their sins bare he, but ours. It may be said of other creatures, “He loved

Being from whom we receive our life, and breath, them;" but of men only can it be added, “and gave

and all things, and to whom we are indebted for himself for them.” And yet who is so backward to that health and strength by which we are rendered | love him as redeemed man? Not tardy merely. capable of performing our daily labour. 10 how parsimonious of his love-loving him 80

My health being reinstated, I quitted this pleasant little, that often he cannot ascertain if he loves at

village before I had an opportunity of seeing wheall! Shame, where is thy blush ? and Sorrow, where thy tear?

ther this advice had a due effect upon this poor, O how different Christ's love to us from ours to though not altogether ignorant man, for he could him! We have not to ask him if he loves us. If both read and write tolerably well; and for the any one should ever ask that question of Jesus, he space of five years I never saw or heard of him. would say, “ Behold my hands and my feet." He

Being then again in that part of the country, I met bears on his very body the marks of his love to us. But what have we to point to as proofs of our love

the labourer, and, after saying how glad and delight. to bim? What has it done for him? What suffered? | ed he was to see me once again, as well as I can O the contrast! His love, so strong !-ours, go remember, he addressed me nearly in the following words : “ Pray, sir, do you remember the travelling controlled grief of the heathen, who have no hope. man to whom I once gave a mouthful of victuals, Our sorrow must flow, deep as we like, but noiseless

and still, in the channels of submission. It must be and who refused to eat till he had asked a blessing

a sorrow so quiet, as to hear all the words of consolafrom God for what he was about to partake?” I

tion which our heavenly Father utters amidst the replied, “ Perfectly well.” “Well, sir, would you gentle strokes of his rod -80 reverential as to adore believe it ?- shortly after you left our part of the him for the exercise of his prerogative in taking away country, to go to sea, I began to think seriously | what and whom he pleases—80 composed, as to preabout asking a blessing for what I ate and drank; 1 pare us for doing his will as well as bearing it-80

meek and gentle, as to justify him in his dispensations and particularly the remark you made, and the ad

-80 confiding, as to be assured that there is as much vice you afterwards gave to me, that even “if it

love in taking the mercy away, as there was in bestowcould do no good, it would do no harm;" and so I

ing it—80 grateful, as to be thankful for the mercies began to think I was in the dark, and he in the left, as well as afflicted for the mercies lost-80 trustlight; and now, good sir, I can safely say I never ful, as to look forward to the future with hope, as eat a meal's victuals without imploring the Divine

well as back upon the past with distress -80 patient,

as to bear all the aggravations that accompany or |blessing upon the food which God provides for me,

follow the bereavement with unruffled acquiescenceas well as thanking him for bestowing upon me and

so holy, as to lift the prayer of faith for divine grace my family our daily bread. And I see the infinite to sanctify the stroke-and so lasting, as to preserve wisdom of God in sending the travelling man to through all the coming years of life the benefit of awaken me to a sense of my duty towards my good that event which in one awful moment changed the

whole aspect of our earthly existence.-James. Benefactor, as well as to open my eyes, and afterwards in having enabled me to make known the gospel of his Son; for perhaps, sir, you are not

AN EASTERN TALE. aware that I sometimes speak to my neighbours, (From "Memoirs of Lady Hester Stanhope.") and on a Sunday hear the children in the village My reliance is in God; and if it is his will to get me read their Bibles, and endeavour to instruct them out of my difficulties, he will do it in spite of them in the way that leadeth unto eternal life."-Tract all. My only trouble is sometimes about my debts ; Magazine.

but I think all will be paid, and from England too. So here I am, and we will now talk of something else;

but I must first tell you a little Eastern story :MOURN, BUT DO NOT MURMUR.

“There was a man who lived in affluence at DamasWHEN a holy and beloved object of our affection is cus, surrounded by a happy and prosperous family, removed by death, we ought to sorrow; humanity

when some reverses in business ruined his fortune, demands it, and Christianity, in the person of the

and he was reduced to the necessity of exerting his weeping Jesus, allows it: and the man without a tear is a savage or a Stoic, but not a Christian. God

talents and industry in order to try to maintain his intends, when he bestows his gifts, that they should station in life. As he wanted neither, he flattered be received with smiles of gratitude, and when he re- himself that, from his numerous connexions, he calls them, that tbey should be surrendered with

should soon re-establish his affairs; but a fatality “ drops of sacred grief." Sorrow is an affection im

seemed to hang over him, for, just as he was about to planted by the Creator in the soul for wise and bene

begin business again, the plague broke out in the city, ficent purposes; and it ought not to be ruthlessly torn up by the roots, but directed in its exercise by

and his wife and daughters were among the victims. reason and religion. The work of grace, though it is “ Unable to bear the sight of a place where such above nature, is not against it. The man who tells afflictions had overtaken him, he removed to Beyrout, me not to weep at the grave, insults me, mocks me, a seaport of some consequence even at that time, and wishes to degrade me. I do weep; I must weep;

although much more so now, and there, with his soc I cannot help it: God requires me to do so; and has

and a faithful servant, he opened a small shop, lopened a fountain of tears in my nature for that purpose; and it is the silent, pure, unsophisticated testi

stocked with such wares as he could procure without mony of my heart to the excellence of the gift he gave much advance of capital. But here again he was in mercy, and in mercy, no doubt, as well as judg- unsuccessful; for, his son becoming answerable for ment, has recalled. Without sorrow we should not

the debts of a man who had befriended him, and improve by his correcting hand, Chastened grief is

being unable to pay, his father's little all was dislike the gentle shower, falling first upon the earth to prepare it for the seed, and then upon the seed to posed of to save him from prison, and, by degrees. cause it to germinate; though wild, clamorous, beggary overtook them. He then engaged himself passionate sorrow is like the thunder-shower of inun as clerk to a merchant, next turned schoolmaster, dation, that carries away soil and seed together. Can until, his sight failing him, he at last became stone we lose the company of one whose presence was the

blind, and, in despair, he resolved to quit a country light and charm of our dwelling-whose society was

where, in spite of his exertions, his position every the source of our most valuable and most highly valued earthly comfort-whose love, ever new and day had grown worse and worse. fresh, was presented daily to us in full cup by her “ Accordingly, he embarked with his son for own hand--who cheered us with her conversation, Damietta, in a vessel where there were fourteen bore with our infirmities, solved our doubts, disclosed

passengers besides himself, and among them two to us in difficulty the path of duty, and quickened us

divers--people who get a living on these coasts by by her example-is it possible, I say, to lose such a friend and not sorrow?

diving for sponges, which they bring up from the But, then, though we mourn, we must not murmur.

bottom of the sea. It was the winter season, and We may sorrow, but not with the passionate and un the weather proved tempestuous. In crossing the

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