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What ! life destroy itself? O, idlest dream
Shaped in that emptiest thing—a doubter's scheme !
Think'st in an Universal Soul will

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Thy soul, as rain-drops mingle with the surge ?
Or, no less skeptic, sin will have an end,
And thy purged spirit with the holy blend
In joys as holy? Why a sinner now?
As falls the tree, so lies it. So shalt thou.
God's Book, thou doubter, holds the plain record;
Dar’st talk of hopes and doubts against that Word ?
Dar'st palter with it in a quibbling sense ?
That Book shall judge thee when thou passest hence.
Then, with thy spirit from the body freed,
Thou'lt know, thou'lt see, thou'lt feel, what's life indeed,

Bursting to life, thy dominant desire
Will upward flame, like a fierce forest fire ;
Then, like a sea of fire, heave, roar and dash-
Roll up its lowest depths in waves, and flash
A wild disaster round, like its own wo—
Each wave cry,

• Wo for ever!" in its flow,
And then pass on ;—from far adown its path
Send back commingling sounds of wo and wrath-
Th' indomitable Will then know no sway :-
God calls—man, hear Him ; quit that fearful way!

Come, listen to His voice who died to save
Lost and raise him from his moral grave;
From darkness showed a path of light to heaven ;

- Rise and walk ; thy sins are all forgiven.”
Blest are the pure in heart. Would'st thou be blest !
He'll cleanse thy spotted soul. Would'st thou find rest?
Around thy toils and cares he'll breathe a calm,
And to thy wounded spirit lay a balm,
From fear draw love; and teach thee where to seek
Lost strength and grandeur—with the bowed and meek.

Come lowly; He will help thee. Lay aside
That subtile, first of evils—human pride.
Know God, and so thyself; and be afraid
To call aught poor or low that He has made.

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Fear nought but sin ; love all but sin ; and learn
How that in all things else thou may'st discern
His forming, his creating power-how bind
Earth, self and brother to th' Eternal Mind.

Linked with th' Immortal, immortality
Begins e’en here. For what is time to thee,
To whose cleared sight the night is turned to day,
And that but changing life, miscalled decay?

Is it not glorious, then, from thy own heart
To pour a stream of life ?--to make a part
With thy eternal spirit things that rot,-
That, looked on for a moment, are forgot,
But to thy opening vision pass to take
New forms of life, and in new beauties wake?

To thee the falling leaf but fades to bear
Its hues and odors to some fresher air ;
Some passing sound floats by to yonder sphere,
That softly answers to thy listening ear.
In one eternal round they go and come;
And where they travel, there hast thou a home
For thy far-reaching thoughts.-0 Power Divine,
Has this poor worm a spirit so like thine ?
Unwrap its folds, and clear its wings to go!
Would I could quit earth, sin, and care, and wo!
Nay, rather let me use the world aright:
Thus make me ready for my upward flight.

LESSON CXVI.

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The Crucifixion.-GEORGE CROLY.

City of God! Jerusalem,
Why rushes out thy living stream ?
The turbaned priest, the hoary seer,
The Roman in his pride, are there ;,

And thousands, tens of thousands, still
Cluster round Calvary's wild hill.

Still onward rolls the living tide,
There rush the bridegroom and the bride ;
Prince, beggar, soldier, Pharisee,
The old, the young, the bond, the free;
The nation's furious multitude,
All maddening with the cry of blood.

"Tis glorious morn ;-from height to height
Shoot the keen arrows of the light;
And, glorious in their central shower,
Palace of holiness and power,
The temple on Moriah's brow
Looks like a new-risen sun below,

But wo to hill, and wo to vale !
Against them shall come forth a wail;
And wo to bridegroom and to bride!
For death shall on the whirlwind ride ;
And wo to thee, resplendent shrine !
The sword is out for thee and thine.

Hide, hide thee in the heavens, thou sun,
Before the deed of blood is done!
Upon that temple's haughty steep
Jerusalem's last angels weep;
They see destruction's funeral pall
Blackening o'er Zion's sacred wall.

Like tempests gathering on the shore,
They hear the coming armies' roar ;
They see in Zion's hall of state
The sign that maketh desolate-
The idol, standard, pagan spear,
The tomb, the flame, the massacre.

Still pours along the multitude,
Still rends the heavens the shout of blood ;-
But on the murderers' furious van
Who totters on? A weary man;
A cross upon his shoulders bound-
His brow, his frame, one gushing wound.

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And now he treads on Calvary.
What slave upon that hill must die?
What hand, what heart, in guilt imbrued,
Must be the mountain vulture's food ?
There stand two victims, gaunt and bare,
Two culprit emblems of despair.

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Yet who the third ? The yell of shame
Is frenzied at the sufferer's name ;
Hands clenched, teeth gnashing, vestures torn,
The curse, the taunt, the laugh of scorn,
All that the dying hour can sting,
Are round thee now, thou thorn-crowned King !

Yet, cursed and tortured, taunted, spurned,
No wrath is for the wrath returned,
No vengeance flashes from the eye;
The sufferer calmly waits to die ;
The sceptre reed, the thorny crown,
Wake on that pallid brow no frown.

This was the earth's consummate hour ;
For this had blazed the prophet's power ;
For this had swept the conqueror's sword,
Had ravaged, raised, cast down, restored ;
Persepolis, Rome, Babylon,
For this ye sank, for this ye shone.

Yet things to which earth's brightest beam
Were darkness-earth itself a dream-

Foreheads on which shall crowns be laid,
Sublime, when sun and star shall fade-
Worlds upon worlds-eternal things-
Hung on thy anguish, King of kings !

He dies, in whose high victory
The slayer, Death himself, shall die;
He dies, by whose all-conquering tread
Shall yet be crushed the serpent's head
From his proud throne to darkness hurled,
The god and tempter of this world.

He dies, creation's awful Lord,
Jehovah, Christ, Eternal Word ;
To come in thunder from the skies ;
To bid the buried world arise ;
The earth his footstool, heaven his throne.
Redeemer! may thy will be done.

LESSON CXVII.

The Daisy in India.—JAMES MONTGOMERY.

Supposed to be addressed, by the Rev. Dr. Carey, one of the Baptist mis

sionaries at Serampore, to the first plant of this kind, which sprung up unexpectedly in his garden, out of some English earth, in which other seeds had been conveyed to him from England. With great care and nursing, the doctor has been enabled to perpetuate the daisy in India, as an annual only, raised by seed preserved from season to

season.

THRICE welcome, little English flower!

My mother country's white and red;
In rose or lily, till this hour,

Never to me such beauty spread.

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