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self upon the body; one 'while clasping him in her arms, at another, passing her hand reverently over his seraphic features. Now, she impressed a kiss upon the cold cheek and eye-lids which her tears had moistenedand now bending over him, muttered something in a low and inaudible voice. Suddenly turning to the spectators, she said, “ Weep, I pray ýe, weep : ye who are regarding the agonies of a bereaved parent-have ye no tear to spåre her? Abiding together for seventeen years, I knew him not!—not him; my beloved and beautiful! They tàunted him, and showered their unmanły blows upon his enduring head. Oh! who will again bring tears to my burning eyelids ? Who who, will bear a part in my misery?"

The wife, whom Alexius had married and quitted on the evening of their nuptials, had been borne along by the congregating populace; but distress, until now, had held her silent *. As Abael ceased, she sprung forward and cried, Thou, miserable! what then am I? Woe is me! to-day I am desolate; today I am all a widow! Now, there is none for whom I may look-none, whom I may yet expect, although he come not. Where shall mine eye see gladness? The glass of my joy is broken *-shivered-shivered : my hope is extinct; and grief is all the portion of my widowhood.” The multitude, penetrated by the various calamities of which they were witnesses, sympathized with the sufferers, and

* The reader will not perhaps comprehend much occasion for the lady's sorrow.

wept aloud.

By command of the pontiff and the two emperors, the body was deposited on a sumptuous bier, and brought into the middle of the city. Proclamation was made, that the man of God was discovered, whom they had before sought in vain : and every one crowded to the bier. Now, if any infirm person touched the hallowed corpse, instantly he was strengthened. The blind received their sight; those who were possessed of devils were set free, did all the sick, be the disorder what it might, when they had once come in contact with the body, were made whole. These miraculous effects, attracted the attention of the emperors and the pontiff. They determined to support the bier; and when they had done so, they were sanctified by the holiness which proceeded from the corse. They then scattered great abundance of gold and silver about the streets, that the people's natural cupidity might draw them aside, and the bier be carried forward to the church ; but, strange to say, careless of all else, they pressed yet the more vehemently to touch it. At length, after great exertions, he was brought to the church of St. Boniface, the Martyr; and there, for the space of seven days, they tarried, praising God. They constructed a monument, glittering with gold and precious stones, and here, with the greatest reverence, placed the body of their Saint. Even from the very monument, so sweet an odour of sanctity broke forth, that it seemed to be entirely filled with the most fragrant aroma. He died about the year of our Lord cccxXVIII. (12)

* The monk is not often so poetical,

APPLICATION.

My beloved, Eufemian is any man of this world who hath a darling son, for whose ad. vantage he labours day and night. He ob, tains a wife for him, that is, the vanity of the world, which he delights in as in a bride; nay, the world's vanities are often more to a man than the most virtuous wife for life is sacrificed to the one, but; alas! how seldom to the other! The mother, is the world itself, which greatly values her worldly-minded children. But the good son, like the blessed Alexius, is more studious to please God than his parents, remembering that it is said, “ He who forsakes land or houses, or father, or mother, or wife, for my sake, shall receive an hundred fold, andi possess eternal life.” Alexius enters a ship, &c. The ship is our holy Church, by which we ought to enter, if we would obtain everlasting happiness. We must likewise lay aside gorgeous raiment that is, the pomps of the world, and associate with the poor-that is, the poor in spirit.

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The warden, who conducted him into the Church, is, a. prudent confessor, whose duty it is, to instruct the sinner, and lead him to a knowledge. of the sacred. Scriptures, by which the soul may pass unharmed to immortality. But sometimes tempests arise, and hurry a man to his own country, as it happened to Alexius. The temptations of the Evil One, are symbolized by these tempests, which turn the voyager from his settled course, and prevent a life of goodness. If, therefore, you feel that you are subject to certain temptations, follow the example of the holy Alexius. Assume the dress of a pilgrim-that is, take the qualities necessary for the pilgrimage of this life, and disguise yourself from your carnal and worldly father, and become a man of God. But if it fall out, that when such a one aspires to a life of penitence, his parents lament, and decry, their child's contempt of the world, and his voluntary choice of po. verty for the love of God.-still, it is safer to displease them, thạn Heaven, Obtajn, therefore, a fair piece of paper, which is a good conscience, on which inscribe your life; and

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