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of Ages; and hence their daily desire is, “Lead me mount up to them. “ He endures, as seeing Him to the rock that is higher than I."
who is invisible."—(Heb. ii. 27.) He is far sighted : 3. The eagle mounts up strongly, vehemently, “ Abraham rejoiced to see Christ's day afar off, and and violently; it is a strong bird, and, when it hath he saw it, and was glad." This is that blessed object got the prey, it flies with violence. Thus doth the which every believing soul doth see even when he is believer mount up: “For the kingdom of heaven in this world. suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force." 3. He mounts up on wings like an eagle, because With such earnestness and intentness doth he mount | he hath his nest on high like an eagle : no wonder up towards heaven, that no difficulty in the way than he flies up, for his nest, I mean his seat, his shall hinder him,
food, his treasure, his heart, his head, his all is above. 4. The eagle mounts up swiftly and suddenly : this His seat is above. The believing eagle cannot find himfollows upon the other; for its strength and violence self safe while here below; therefore he flies to the in flying infers celerity: so doth the believer, under Rock of Ages, and there he sits. His food is above. the lively influences of the Spirit. O how quick is Christ is his food : “ My flesh is meat indeed, and his motion ! " Or ever he is aware, his soul makes my blood is drink indeed." Now, his food being him like the chariots of Amminadab." It is a speedy above, “ where the carcase is, thither will the eagles flight that the believer wakes towards Christ; he be gathered together." His treasure is above-he mounts swiftly.
hath an inheritance, incorruptible, undefiled, and 5. The eagle mounts up gradually : though its flight that fadeth not away, that is reserved in heaven be strong and swift, yet it is gradual; it comes not to | him; and up he must to visit his inheritance. His the utmost extent of its motion, but by degrees: so the heart is above, where his treasure is; yea, Christ believer mounts gradually; he goes from strength to hath gotten his heart a-keeping, and he must be strength, till he appear before God in Zion.--(Psa. where his heart is. And in a word, his head is above : Ixxxiv. 6.) He flies still higher and higher; and so and must not the members be where the head is: the object of his aim draws nearer and nearer to And must not the stones of the building be where him, while he comes to more and more knowledge the foundation is ? Christ is the head corner-stone. of God, and more and more communion with him, His All is above : Christ is all in all to him; and till faith and hope land in vision and fruition. therefore mount he must; for this eagle hath a rich
6. The eagle mounts up frequently and daily; and, I nest above, in respect of its mounting disposition, constantly: 4. He mounts up on wings as an eagle, because so it is with the believer; he is always mounting, he his strength is renewed like the eagle's : “ who satishath still a mounting disposition, and he is constantly fies thy soul with good things; so that thy strength endeavouring to be actually mounting. The carnal is renewed like the eagle's."-(Psa. iii. 5.) Therefore, professor never mounts up but about the time of a | having renewed his strength, he mounts up on wings communion, or the time of some sore affliction or like the eagle. Some say the eagle is renewed when conviction; and, whenever these seasons are over, he it casts its old feathers and gets new ones; so the goes as fast down as he went up. But it is the be. believer gets the old feathers of corruption removed, liever's trade of life to be mounting on week-days and puts on the new man.-(Eph. iv. 24.) Others say'! as well as on Sabbath-days; and on ordinary Sab
the eagle's youth is renewed when, its stomach be- ! baths as well as communion Sabbaths.
ing thirsty, it drinks the blood of the prey; and so V. The next thing is, To show the reasons why the believer gets his strength renewed by drinking the believer, who hath his strength renewed, mounts the blood of Christ by faith.--(Eph. iv. 13.) It is in up on wings like an eagle.
the unity of the faith that he comes to the perfect 1. Because he hath an eagle's nature. I said be. man, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of fore, that the believer mounts up naturally: why? be- Christ. If you have got a drink of the blood of cause he hath an eagle's nature. It is the natural Christ this day, to be sure your strength will be redisposition of an eagle to fly upward; so the believer newed ; and, if your strength be renewed, you cannot hath a disposition to mount up to God, he being a but be mounting up on wings as an eagle. new creature: “If any man be in Christ he is a new creature."-(2 Cor. v. 17.) This new nature ascends to
NOVELTIES IN RELIGION, heaven from whence it descended ; the old nature goes always downward, but the new nature mounts
[We have, in the following article from the Chrisupward. If you want the new nature, you want the
tian Observer, a good description of a class of charmounting disposition.
acters too common among us. Reader, are you one 2. He mounts up on wings like an eagle, because
of those troubled with “ itching ears?" If so, then he hath an eagle's eye : 80 the believer, he can see
look at yourself in this daguerreotype. Standing in that invisible Sun which no natural eye can attain
the light of God's Word, you cast a shadow which to: “ The poor in spirit, and pure in heart, sha'l see
this article faithfully presents and holds up to your God."--(Matt. v. 3, 8.) The natural man receiveth not
gaze.] the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolish
The state of mind which we speak of in this ar.' ness unto him."-(1 Cor. ii. 14.) But the believer,
ticle, is entirely different from a common and innoknowing the mind of Christ, seeg farther than the
cent desire for knowledge, in its nature, in its origin,
in its influence on the character and life. It is not world; he sees the King in his beauty, and the land
the love of truth and duty. It is not an earnest wish afar off. When he sees these things, he cannot but to discover that which is essential to the proper de
velopment of the affections. It is not the delight of personal piety, and upon all the relations of lite. an inquiring soul holding fellowship with nature and it fills the Church and State with idle, ignorant. with God. It is a restless passion, ever clamorous gossiping, and noisy declaimers, who desire to be for that which is new, merely because it is new; teachers of the law, while they understand neither and weary of that which is old, merely because it is what they say nor whereof they affirm. Under the old. These lovers of novelty find gratitication, not influence of such a principle, a man's religion can in discovery, but in change; not in the addition of have no foundation nor symmetry, his graces no a useful planet to our system, but in the wonder root, his hopes no sanction, his professions no sinwhich its fresh light awakens; and for every lumi. | cerity, his religious character no value. He loses the nary thus discovered, they would have an old ore substance of truth in his vain pursuit of shadows. quenched. They have no taste for the pleasure | He profanes the temple of God by his unhallowed
results from the quiet performance of known curiosity, and makes a Christian profession conduty, from the thorough study and application of temptible by his foolish inconsistency. What, then, their own mysterious nature and immortal destiny, is the moral character of a state of mind which proand from an earnest and effectual preparation for duces all these dreadful results ?" the tribunal before which they must soon stand. May all our readers be delivered from this evil Weary of the old world of thought, with its fami- | principle - this weakness, not of the flesh, but of the liar sun, and ever-varying landscapes, and exhaust spirit- this source of failure in duty, of feebleness less beauty, they desire a new one to awaken feeling ) in the hour of trial, of cowardice and terror in death. in their torpid hearts. Tired of hearing perpetually | And, to fortify themselves against all temptations to of that God who of old laid the foundations of the cherish this spirit, let them remember, that alıbough' earth, and hath appointed a day in which he will sin art, in science, in practical life, new and important
e the world in righteousness. they long to hear truths may be brought to light from day to day vet some " sctter forth of strange gods." Disgusted within religion every thing of highest value to man is the Bible and the gospel of yesterday, they demand old, and that novelty is a presumptive evidence of a gospelof to-day, and a revelation that shall be made, falsehood. The Locrians, it is said, entertained such through perverted and unsanctified minds, in succes a dread of change, that every one who proposed a sive instalments to the end of time. They are never new law was compelled to do so with a
new law was compelled to do so with a halter about happier than when agitated by some unprecedented his neck, that, it his proposition were rejected, he absurdity, which they have neither the patience to Digit be unuediately hung. If such a custom could examine nor the ability to comprehend. They live be enforced among us, there would be fewer novel. in a scene of useless agitation, ever learning, and ties in the science of religion. What we want with
ble to come to the knowledge of the truth. I respect to the Bible, which is the source of all our They ask for novelty as the drunkard for intoxicat. religious knowledge, is, as John Norton once said, ing drink, that they may forget themselves, the 10t“ new light, but new sight;" not additional rere. truth, and God, in the dreams of a heated imagination. ) lations, but a clear and deeper knowledge of the
Their notions of progress consist in renouncing all written Word of God; not the learned speculations that has been obtained by laborious investigation, to of uninspired men, but a better understanding of the seize upon some questionable invention. Accord- testimony of the first witness, whom God sent forth ing to this, we are ever to be new beginners, raw and with miraculous powers to spread His word among green. The scientific idea of progress is to adhere the nations. How many old and salutary truths, co the established basis of ascertained truth, and to beautiful as the stars, and enduring as eternity, inthe continually enlarging boundaries of what is vite our study, and promise high intellectual as well
d. This can be done only by follow as spiritual delight; while we go about with gaping ing the old rule, “ to keep what you have, and get curiosity, asking of all we meet, " Who will show us wbat you can."
any good?" It is one of the devil's masterpieces But it may be said that this state of mind is at and chief deceiving tricks, says Luther, to draw us least innocent, if it is not commendable. It may, away from the Bible, and to make us think that
ADA seem so to those who have not made it the there is any thing of greater importance than the subject of much reflection; but it is certain that hearing, the reading, and the meditating upon God's they are mistaken. For, surely, no pussion or affec- | Word, wherein all our welfare and salvation, both tion of the mind which is not under the control of temporal and eternal, consist. This book contains a the divine law-which wanders restlessly about, or wisdom that no man is able fully to comprehend, stands idle in the market-place waiting for some We have only the first-fruits; and, when we fancy new gratification that can be obtained without the that all is exhausted, we have scarcely mastered the price of labour-which is applied to no useful pur simple rudiments of the divine oracle. pose, and produces no valuable results-can be alto- Our first care, then, should be to understand as gether innocent. But it is, in truth, worse than it fully as possible the holy and venerable Book of Lite; ut first seems; it is not merely negatively sinful, it and every thing is an impertinence which renders us is a positive evil, and produces unspeakable mis- indifferent to its claims or forgetful of its teachings. chief in the Church and in the world. When the The speculations of learned men possess their value, desire for perpetual change in religion has become | The views which a high and advancing oulture, with the ruling passion, it places a man in a false relation the aid of an untrammelled press, is continually to every thing within and without. It gives a wrong spreading before us, demand a passing notice; but direction and character to the thoughts. It hinders should never be regarded as of sufficient importance self-examination, self-knowledge, and self-culture. to interrupt for a day our diligent study of God's It interrupts the proper business of religion. It Word, or to awaken a doubt of the absolute suffiproduces uncertainty and instability of moral cha- ciency of its teaching for all the moral and spiritual racter, and leaves the soul without strength or con- wants of mankind. The religion of the Bible, by Bolation amidst the contradictions of the World, which alone we can be rendered happy in this wo the sudden changes of this stormy life, and the or prepared for the world to come, consists not in new struggles of the last hour. It turns the Church into revelations, new doctrines, new theories; not in as. a debating society, and makes the intercourse of cending up to heaven to bring Christ down; not in tbose who should be of the same mind and juilgment descending into the deep to bring Christ up from the painfully unedifying. It exerts a fatal influence on | dead, nor in going across the sea to find something of
which our philosophy has never dreamed; not in children were down; the servant gave in and went searching into those hidden things which God bas to bed; and the travelling minister, who had turned kept in his own power, but in righteousness, peace, ! in to tarry with us, was the only well person in the and joy in the Holy Ghost; in meek and grateful |
house. And what did he do? Did he call in some obedience to the system of doctrine which we have heard from the beginning; in holy love to God, and
of the nearest neighbours, and then look ont for in justice, faithfulness, and charity to man; in the more convenient quarters ? Not at all. He nursed steady and persevering discharge of the ever-recur the sick, as if nursing was his business; he went to ring duties of our Christian calling; in patient hope, the barn and took care of the “cattle," as if he had and in deep communion with the powers of the world to
been brought up at the stable. He split and brought come; in daily preparation for the hour which shall
in the fuel, as if he had lived in the woods. He was separate us from earth, and reveal the glories and the terrors of the future state. He that has the comforts at hand when he was wanted, and out of the way and the excitement of such a religion will feel no when he was not. He was active, clever, cheerfulwant of those poor novelties, by which the lovers of as much at home as if he were among his own chilpleasure are cheated of truth and peace, nor at last dren, and not with strangers whom he had never seen be compelled to exclaim in bitterness of soul : “ How
before, and whom he might never see again. have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; and have not obeyed the voice of my teachers,
He stayed over the Sabbath; preached for my nor inclined my ear to them that instructed me!"
father, who was still not able to be out; and, having seen us in a good degree convalescent, he went on his
way rejoicing. His name is remembered wi h delight TRAVELLING CLERGYMEN.
by the members of that household to this day, though
many years have since fled, and that family has been BY THE REV. J. LEAVITT.
scattered widely; some are as far apart as earth and Once we entertained an angel. It happened in this heaven. wise. My father was a country minister, and his Our folks always kept open door for the Lord's parish lay in a lovely region of country west of tbe ministers, and they never had reason to regret it. Green Mountains, on the high road from the Eastern Some of us have been thrown fur from home and States to the Springs. Often would ministers drive | among strangers, and some of our number hare up to the door in their gigs, having previously sickened and died among strangers, and the Lord has ascertained by inquiry where the parish pastor lived, always surrounded them with kind friends, whose and calling to us boys at the door would say, “ Does sympathy has proved that our Father in heaven is Mr live here?" On being answered in the faithful and true when he says, “ Inasmuch as ye affirmative, they would ask again, “ Does he keep have done it unto the least of these, ye have done it ministers' tavern?”—that is, does he entertain min- unto me." He has provided friends for us among isters for nothing? And being answered in the same strangers, and we love to befriend strangers at our way, they would add, “Well, take my horse and give gate. him four quarts of oats to night, and don't water him It was an injunction of divine wisdom that we till he gets cool." With these laconic intimations should not be forgetful to entertain strangers, for that they felt quite at home, they would walk in to some had thereby entertained angels unawares. And enjoy the entertainment kept for the “man," while those who are most “ given to hospitality," find real we took care of the “ beast."
| enjoyment in obeying this precept. Now, all this seemed sufficiently cool, not to say There is a vast difference among people on the subpresuming, on the part of entire strangers; but it was ject of entertaining strangers. As a plain country the custom, and no one ever went away without an minister, I have had frequent opportunities of making invitation, and a strong resolution, to call again, if comparisons, and the result is this :he ever passed that way.
When we go to presbytery or synod, or to a reliBut about the angel. He was not travelling to the gious convention of any sort, in some places the good Springs, but was an angel of the Churches-a mes people seem to vie with each other in seeing who will senger sent by some one of the benevolent institutions most freely and handsomely entertain the strangers. of the day to receive the alms of God's people. Some | Every house is open, every heart is warm, every face called him a beggar; others, an agent: I have called is pleasant; and while we stay we are treated as wel. hiin an angel-which title he deserved, as the sequel come guests; and when we go, it is with repeated and will show. It was in winter, and about the middle pressing invitations to come again, and never to pass of the week, when he arrived: we had sickness in the through the place without favouring the family with family, and he came to stay through the week, and a call. over the Sabbath; and would it have been strange if On the other hand, I have sometimes gone to other we had felt that his room was more desirable than places on such errands, and it has been with extreme his company, under such circumstances ? Would it difficulty that we could find lodgings, though the have been uncivil or unkind to have told him that it ability of Christians to entertain strangers far ex. was very inconvenient for us to have him staying at ceeded that of the people before described. And it our house, and we would prefer to quarter him among is no unusual thing for ministers who have been inthe people! However that may be, we preferred to vited by public notices to attend religious meetings keep him, and make him as comfortable as we could. in certain places, with the assurance that entertain.
He stayed. One after another of the family was ment would be provided for them, to find on their raken sick; the parents were confined to bed; the arrival that they must seek their entertainment at a
public-house, and pay for it at the rate of a pound cultivate habits of application and effort, which are a day.
| indispensable to success in the pursuit of any good, For this there is no excuse. Hospitality is a Chris- whether earthly or heavenly. It is good for parents tian duty, and those who would, in the last great to have the care which weighs heavily on them in day, hear the Saviour saying unto them, “ I was a seeking the welfare of their children. It is good for stranger and ye took me in," must love to entertain every Christian to have the care of souls pressing Christ's friends, whether they come with the homely constantly on him. The teacher in the Sabbath
arb of the country or the polished exterior of city school-the matron of an asylum, who cares for life.
both body and soul-the missionary to the heathen
-every minister of the gospel-all the family of
God-are better for the care which they may have for CARES ARE BLESSINGS.
the salvation of souls.--New York Evangelist. THERE are few who have not many of them ;-few who do not complain of them. But who is better for being withont care? Is it the son who is heir to
TO A DYING INFANT. millions, and who never had an earthly wish that is
Sleep, little baby ! sleep! not gratified ?-the daughter who has slaves to fan
Not in thy cradle bed, and feed her, and whose caprice is law? Can two
Not on thy mother's breast beings be found more selfish and useless, not to say
Henceforth shall be thy restvicious, than they? Indolent, imbecile, unthankful,
But with the quiet dead. -vain, ignorant, prodigal, and corrupt,-persons of this class are tormentors to themselves and others.
Thou weepest, childless mother ! That parent is very unwise who anticipates every
Ay, weep-'twill ease thine heart; desire, and removes every source of care that may lie
He was thy first born-sonin his child's way. It were far better to teach him
Thy first-thine only oneto moderate his desires, and to labour diligently for
'Tis hard with him to part ! aimself and for the welfare of others.
Thou'lt say, “My first-born blessing, Care sobers the mind, and makes it familiar with
It almost broke my heart the realities and responsibilities of life. Care mode
When thou wert forced to go; cates levity, and tends to check the tendencies to
And yet for thee, I know, recklessness. The man who has business which re
'Twas better to depart.” quires constant attention, and is faithful in giving it the regard to wbich it is entitled, is kept in a state of
Now like a dewdrop shrined mind which is favourable to moral and religious cul.
Within a crystal stone, ture. The responsibilities which rest on him are de
Thou'rt safe in heaven, my dove ! signed to make him thoughtful and serious, and to
Safe with the source of loverestrain him from wayward and evil tendencies,
The Everlasting One. The slightest observation will show that the industrial class of society, both among the rich and the
And when the hour arrives, poor, are the most virtuous, and are society's pillars
From flesh that sets me free, and ornaments.
Thy spirit may awaitThere may be such a thing, no doubt, as too much
The first at heaven's gatecare. Iron constitutions have been broken, and pre
To meet and welcome me. mature old age or early death has been induced by
-Caroline Boules Southey. tasking body and mind beyond the limits of mortal endurance. Many Christians accumulate so many worldly cares around them, that they chill their re
REV. DR J. M. MASON. ligious affections and rob their souls of peace. Every one, says the late Rev. Dr J. M. Mason of Doubtless a large proportion of the lukewarmness New York, has remarked the mixed and often illwhich now reigas amongst the people of God, is to assorted company which meet in a public packet or be traced to an inordinate anxiety for increase of stage-coach. The conversation, with all its variety, worldly estate, and a consequent increase of worldly is commonly insipid, frequently disgusting, and somecares, and perplexities, and labours.
times insufferable. There are exceptions. An opBut a proper measure of life's cares is a blessing. portunity now and then occurs of spending an hour The burden which they impose may ben the frame, in a manner not unworthy of rational beings; and but the exertion which it makes in bearing it will the incidents of a stage-couch may produce or promote promote its health and vigour. They may write salutary impressions. wrinkles on the brow, but they also inscribe peace ! A few years ago, one of the stages which ply and benevolence on the heart. They cannot change between the two principal cities of the United States the heart, but their tendency is favourable to that of America was filled with a group which could work of the Spirit. They cannot sanctify the be. never have been drawn together by mutual choice. liever, but they serve to prevent that levity of mind In the company was a young man of social temper, which is one of the greatest hindrances to progressive affable manners, and considerable information. His holiness, and they enforce lessons of dependence, and accent was barely sufficient to show that the English
was not his native tongue; and a very slight pecu- another of the company, turned to his admonisher, liarity in the pronunciation of the th, showed him to and addressed him thus: be a Hollander. He had early entered into military “You are a clergyman, I presume, sir?" life, had borne both a Dutch and a French commis “I am considered as such.". sion, had seen real service, had travelled, was master! He paused; and then, with a smile, indicated his of the English language, and evinced, by his deport- | disbelief in Divine revelation in a way which calledli ment, that he was no stranger to the society of for farther conversation on this subject. gentlemen. He had, however, a fault, too common
I He avowed himself an infidel, and an animated among military men, and too absurd to find an advo conversation followed. At length he exclaimed, “I cate among men of sense-he swore very profanely own I am beaten, completely beaten; I have nothing and frequently.
more to say." While the horses were changing, a gentleman who A silence of some minutes succeeded; when the sat on the same seat with him took him by the arm, military traveller said to his theological friend, 1 and requested the favour of his company in a short have studied all religions, and have not been able to walk. When they were so far retired as not to be satisfy myself.” overheard, the former observed, “ Although I have “No, sir,” answered he; " there is one religion not the honour of your acquaintance, I perceive, sir, which you have not yet studied." that your habits and feelings are those of a gentleman, “ Pray, sir," cried the officer, roused and eager.), and that nothing can be more repugnant to your “what is that?" wishes than giving unnecessary pain to any of your “The religion," replied the other, “ of salvation company." He started, and replied, “ Most certainly, through the redemption of the Son of God; the re- || sir! I hope I have committed no offence of that ligion which will sweeten your pleasures and soften sort?"
your sorrows; which will give peace to your con“ You will pardon me," replied the other, “ for science and joy to your heart; which will bear you pointing out an instance in which you have not alto up under the pressure of evils here, and shed the yether avoided it."
light of immortality on the gloom of the grave. This | “Sir," said he, “I shall be much your debtor for religion, I believe, sir, you have yet to study." so friendly an act; for, upon my honour, I cannot | The otficer put his hands upon his face; then, lan-|| conjecture in what I have transgressed."
guidly clasping them, allowed them to fall down. “ If you, sir,” continued the former, “ had a very forced a smile, and said, with a sigh, “ We must all! dear friend, to whom you were under unspeakable follow what we think best.” His behaviour afterobligations, should you not be deeply wounded by wards was perfectly decorous, but nothing further is any disrespect to him, or even by hearing his name known of h.m. introduced and used with a frequency of repetition and a levity of air incompatible with the regard due
EARLY RISING. to his character?" | “Undoubtedly, and I should not perniit it; but I | EVERY young man then, who desires to be intelligent, know not that I am chargeable with such indecorum good, and happy, should learn to rise early in the to any of your friends."
morning. He should do this for various and strong
reasons; among which are the following :“Sir, my God is my best friend, to whom I am
1. It is healthy to rise early. It is scarcely possi. under infinite obligations. I think you must recol ble to find a healthy persun, very old, who has not lect that you have very frequently, since we com been habitually an early riser. Sickly and infirm old menced our journey, taken his name in vain. This people I know there may be, who have been in the has given to me, and others of the company, severe
habit, through life, of late rising, but not many
healthy ones. The following are the names and ages pain."
of several men, most of whom were eminent and re "Sir," answered he, with very ingenuous emphasis, markably healthy, who were distinguished for early “ I have done wrong; I confess the impropriety. I rising. Some of them rose as early as four o'clock am ashamed of a practice which I am aware has no in winter and summer; and one or two of them as excuse; but I have imperceptibly fallen into it, and early as three in summer.
Dr Franklin, 84; John Wesley, 88; Buffon, the I really swear without being conscious that I do so.
naturalist, 81; Stanislaus, King of Poland, 89; Lord I will endeavour to abstain from it in future; and, as
Coke, 85; Fuseli the painter, 81; President Chaunyou are next to me on the seat, I shall thank you to cey of Harvard College, 81; Washington, 68; Mattouch my elbow as often as I trespass.” This was thew Hale, 68; Dr Priestly, 71; Dr Samuel Bird, agreed upon; the horn sounded, and the travellers 79; Bishop Burnett, 72; James Mason, 100; Lewis resumed their places.
Cornaro, over 100.
2. It is delightful to rise early).-Can any one enFor the space of four or five miles, the officer's
tertain a doubt on this point ? None can, I am sure, elbow was jogged every few seconds. He always who have tried it. All the early risers I have ever coloured, but bowed, and received the hint without seen find early rising agreeable. One autbor, in the least symptom of displeasure; and, in a few miles treating on this subject, has the following remarkable more, 80 mastered his propensity to swearing, that words :
“There is no time equal in beauty and freshness not an oath was heard from his lips for the rest of
to the morning, when Nature has just parted with his journey, which was the greater part of it.
the gloomy mantle which night had flung over her. After this, he was more grave; and, having rumi- | The forest leaves sparkle with crystal dew; the Dated some time, after surveying first one and then flowers raise their rejoicing heads towards the sun;