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The Sidonians had now placed the last seal upon their bond of friendship. It was deeply impressed upon the mind of the receiver, and could never be forgotten, or razed from the tablet of Tyrian memory ! It was truly a subject for the Sculptor's art to perpetuate, not only upon their Temples, but upon the “Chief Altar" in whatever land or country their future fate should cast them. And such we believe to be the subject of the Sculpture upon the Chief Altar of Copan in Ancient America, erected by Gratitude as a Religious Tribute to Friendship; that whenever they should bow in reverence to their visible God, they should remember the parental act, which alone had enabled them to offer praises to their Deity The Sidonians in their departure for their home upon the Mediterranean, must have received the united blessings of a People, who through their means only, had been rescued from desolation or death, and in the terrible forms of Conflagration or Crucifixion.
The Last of the Tyrian Nation, the remnant of an once powerful People, were about to trust themselves again upon that element which had ever befriended them,-and upon which they had ever moved as the Lords of the domain : but, they had now no merry metropolis to receive them,-no walled citadel whose antiquity would speak to them of “ancient days :" recollections of the past were terrible,_the anticipations of the future were dark and uncertain,_and in the present time only could they view security. To return to any known part of Asia, Africa, or Europe, was impossible,_their only path from the Fortunate Isle was forth upon an untracked Ocean. Their final landing-place might be afar off-their sojourn for ever; —but Apollo and Astarte, their imaged orbs of Day and Night, were to be the “lanterns to their feet,"— and their skilful knowledge, would shelter them beneath the gorgeous, and star-gemmed mantle of Astronomy The reader now may naturally inquire, How does this position and resolution of the Tyrians agree with “a seventh and last Prophecy,” alluded to in the commencement of this Chapter as being now newly applied ?— and what is that Prophecy by ISAIAH2 The answers will be given with firmness, from the conscientious conviction of their truth. Those natural points of debate in the minds of the Tyrians, were the preliminaries to the fulfilment, and their safe landing and sojourn in the Western Hemisphere, were the actual accomplishment of the Prophecy! The prediction may have been unknown to this remnant of a Nation,-for it was uttered to the Jewish people, and by one of that great family,–ISAIAH,-and nearly 400 years previous to the Alexandrian Siege. The Sacred Prophet distinctly says, [xxiii. 7]— “Howl, ye inhabitants of the Isle! [Tyrus] Is this 3your joyous city, whose antiquity is of ancient days * This sentence by its question is spoken as to the Tyrians —but the line immediately following, was uttered as of them, and from the wording, from the very spirit of a pre-knowledge of a future event —viz., “HER own FEET SHALL CARRY HER [Tyrus] AFAR OFF TO SOJOURN s” This Prophetic line (brief as it is) contains four distinct and important parts, yet each as necessary to the whole, as quadruple angles to the perfection of a square : viz. – “Her own feet shall carry her afar off to sojourn." 1st. “Her own feet,”—is figurative that the means should be Tyrian ; viz., Navigation. 2d. “Shall carry her," i.e. shall convey them,-and that it was to be by Navigation has already been proved, “they shall cry aloud from the Sea,"—that is also demonstrated by the Galleys of the Sidonians. 3d. “Afar off"—figurative that the migration should be to some unusual distance, or nameless land. 4th. “To sojourn,” i. e. to reside or remain, -and as no time or duration is affixed to the words, they would seem to express in the language of the Bible—“to sojourn for evermore,” or to a time wherein total annihilation should be accomplished,—as it has been by the Spaniards and their descendants. We will meet at the threshold any objections to the strong and conclusive application to this History, of this remarkable, and hitherto unemployed line of Prophecy. 1st. It cannot belong to the first Siege of Tyrus, viz., by Nebuchadnezzar, for after that event, the remnant of the then Conquered People left the mainland Metropolis, and settled on the Island, a distance of less than half a mile ; therefore, “afar off to sojourn” could not apply to that invasion. 2dly. Being admitted that the line does not apply to the Babylonian destruction, then as a necessity, it must belong to that by the Macedonian Monarch. The Sidonians upon that occasion rescued the remnant of the Nation, and to have returned to Sidon would also not be “afar off,” as the distance from Tyrus is but twenty-three miles. We apprehend, also, that the reader is convinced that the political reasons for not returning to Sidon are apparent and conclusive. 3dly. The Tyrians, simply by obtaining the Galleys from the friendly Sidonians, had as it were their “own feet," i. e. navigable means to carry them,-for Tyrus itself had stood, or walked firmly for centuries, only through and by means of Navigation. And 4thly. They were not only to journey or migrate to “afar off” distance,—a land as yet not known by name, and therefore, could not be specified by ISAIAH;—but another condition, or incident is affixed, —viz., that wherever they finally landed, there they were “to sojourn.” Now let the most scrutinizing, Argus-eyed antiquary, search every quarter of Europe, Asia, or Africa, their ancient or their modern histories, or traditions (and we know them well), and where will he find these “afar off” sojourners, contemplated by the Prophet ISAIAH 2. The conclusive answer to such inquiry will be, as from the Tomb of Time, “Thou WOL. I. 2 D
shalt not find them;"—but, in Ancient America, there they are traceable-there they are found ;-proved to be identical with the Tyrians of Phoenicia, and the truth of the long-concealed Prophecy, established by Holy-Writ and new-discovered History. “Her own feet shall carry her afar off to sojourn,” is a sentence too positive in its construction to be viewed by any reader as an idle or a careless expression by IsAIAH. The solemn occasion upon which it was uttered,—viz., the prediction of a Nation's downfall,— utterly repudiates even the supposition that it, as part of the great Prophecy, should not be strictly fulfilled with the residue; and every other part having been accomplished, it would be sophistry to assume that this particular line should not be:—but such an assumption would not hold, since its fulfilment is absolutely proved in the Southern portion of Ancient America.