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arrested by a movement at a distance
As it approached the place from whicli
he was viewing it, he could perceive that
it consisted of a vast tultitude of people.
Presently the sound of music vibrated
upon the ear: every countenance beamed
with gladness: nothing was heard but
mutual congratulations.
It was, however, but'a momentary gleam.
Not a countenance of the vast numbers
assembled, but what had assumed a very
different aspect. On some were depicted,
cold chilling indifference, heart-wound-

ing aversion, dark-brooding jealousy,
inveterate hatred, rancourous malignity,
unrelenting persecution. On others, bitter
disappointment, pensive melancholy,
slow-wasting grief, dark despair. On
others, again, the most manly indignation,
the most generous disinterestedness, the
most undaunted courage, the noblest
heroism.
"The scene continued thus for some
time; when it again changed, and assumed
a more melancholy aspect.

A death-like silence reigned. It was succeeded by the appearance of the sorrowful habiliments of mourning. A corpse was borne along; it vanished out ofsight; when a general burst of indignation followed, which appeared to penetrate the very regions of the dead; which echoed, and reechoed, as if it would sound through all the world; as if it would reach the remotest

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bounds of posterity, as if it would extend to the 'immeašurable ages of a boundless eternity. I saw s After this, the whole assembled multitude vanished from view: not an individual awas to be seen, not a sound to be heard: save the distant echoings of that tremen dinons burst of indignation which closed the whole seene. - Philander stood motionless with astonishnient. What could all this be! Why these remarkable vicissitudes! Why these striking contrarieties! All appears. enveloped cin mystery, which no eye can penetrate but the eye of Omniscience.

Yet there was joy, and there was sorrow; there was evil also the most malignant; yet there was indignation the most virtu-ous and heroic, Tis, alas! too just a picture

of this chequered evil world. J While he was thus musing, a figúre suddenly appeared before him. Philander started, and was afraid." Fear not, said the stranger, in a tone of ineffable sweetness.

I come not to alarm thee, but to unravel Ithe scene which thou hast just witnessed. I come as thy Heavenly Genius; to teach thee the lessons of heavenly wisdom; what

is amiable, and what is abhorrent, in the vthuman character; what is right between

iman and man; what are the dictates of "justice, of purity, of benevolence; what 9 are the laws of morality, what the conmandments of God; and what will procure

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feward, and what will subject to punishment, in the future world.

“Listen with attention, whilst I relate to thine astonished ear, a scene of outrage which must fire thee with indignation;

a tale of woe, that must fill thee with the tenderest compassion. And if thou canst not hereafter, live to admire, live to reform, or to reprove, whatever may be wrong. By an excellent example, invite to goodness. By the purity of thy principles, thine utmost endeavours to exterminate evil. By thine energy and zeal, stem the torrent of vice, which threatens to sweep away the barriers of virtue.

Nor think, for a moment, of deserting a post, where so much is to be done; or of leaving a world, where so much is to be amended." And remember, for thịne encouragement, that if thou be not weary in well-doing, in due season thou shalt reap an ample recompence. Whilst I occupy thine earwith the recital of suffering, tyranny, or oppression, dismiss from thy mind, all ideas of outward distinction. View mankind, as mankind; all qual in the sight of God; to whom "there is no high, no low, pogreat, no small. ”View them as equally children of this One Universal Parent, and equally probationary heings in the present state. Remember, that all are accountable to him for their actions, and that all will hereafter receive from him according to their deedsünni

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«Where thou mayest discover errors, learn prudence; where thou mayest behold resignation, learn patience. By the deformity of vice, be deterred from evil; by the amiableness of virtue, be allured to goodness; that thus, by avoiding the one, and following the other, thou mayest escape misery, and obtain bliss.”

Thus spoke the heavenly Genius, and proceeded as follows.

“This Island, Philander, bears_ the honourable and holy name of Christiana.

“Christiana ! exclaimed Philander, with astonishment. What affinity is there between the name of the land, and the character of the people ? Should not the Christian name and the Christian spirit, be inseparably united ?" “Doubtless they should, replied the Genius; and he who adopts the one, and violates the other, will receive he reafter a more dreadful doom.

“But be not hasty, or uncandid Philander, in thy judgments; neither expect from mankind absolute perfection. Wert thou perfectly acquainted with the inhabitants of Chistiana, perhaps thou might see much to admire; though much to abhor. And never should the innocent be confounded with the guilty; though the guilty be many, and the innocent few.6i bo va

“But what Christiana once was, what she now, is,ouwhat she may hereafter u become, by fosaking the commandments

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of God, by violating justice, benevolence, purity, concerus thee but little to know. l'ear God, and serve him cuprightly, and thou art happy" goix to victoile bei The Genius continued: sda yd «The present reigning prince, Julian II. was distinguished in his youth by every manly and noble sentiment Beautiful were the blossoms of his early years; rich the aụtumnal fruit which they promised to the beholder. Liberty was his darling theme; the happiness of the people, his most ardent wish. Power was possessed, not for selfish ambition, but to promote the welfare of the general communnity.

"Such were the feelings by which Julian was animaled; such the maxims which he professed to adınire. But mark,

Philander, the frailty of nan! The temp"tations of a Court, aided by Julian's warm and generous feelings, were too for his better principles. Pleasure spreacl her allurements before him, and Julian was caught in her silken snares. Euchanted by the decertful siren, soon did he become ber most ardentu devoteesy is is

To recall him to this better judgmert, bto a sense of his station, his duty, and his dignity, a proposal of matrimony was suggested for this consideration and approvakIts transforming infuen de tu might present him grent and moble. Its magic a charm inspire him with purer jows than

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