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a cord of as binding force as the able Tommies-whose hearts leap up chains recorded in the Prometheus whenever you hear the word India Vinctus, which he read the last half. mentioned-lay this soothing unction year; and, in short, he is a puling to your souls, that the mortality is as white-faced, hobbledehoy; a nonde- great in the heart of old England script, intolerable in the eyes of the itself as in Hindostan—that more whole human family-from very old lives are lost in one season galloping men down to very young ladies. Be- after a fox, than in a century by teeth fore he has been six months in India, or paw of boar or tiger-and finally, he is as much a man as his grands that your darling will return at the father_holds up his head at parade end of the first ten years, with an epauas if he were a field-marshal-has no let on each shoulder, a liver sound and dread of schoolmasters, or of any living whole, and a cargo of shawls and turthing, beast or man, or mixture of bans that will make you and his sisters both—and heads a party of gallant the envy of the whole neighbourhood ! spearsmen in their rush upon a white- We therefore conclude, after the extusked boar, without its ever entering ample of the Rev. Dr Poundtext, with into his head to enquire whether “his this practical exhortation--stir up “the mother knows he's out.” As to the governor," by all the means in your feelings of that venerable matron when power, to send out to the aforesaid she finds out that Tommy haz more Tommy a new rifle, and an extra stirring amusements than playing supply, to enable him to sport a good cricket-that he has actually looked horse ; for unless these two instrua royal Bengal tiger in the face, and ments be of the best quality, we cannot discharged a bullet with unblenching answer for the consequences - old cheek and unquivering hand right rifles are apt to burst, and old horses into the monster's forehead, she will to fall down—a disagreeable incident, hardly believe it can be the same dear you will allow, within fifty feet of a Tommy that she remembers one little tiger, or a couple of yards of a boaryear before, with no higher ambition and what a pity it would be if Tom. inflating his little heart than to have my's beauty should be injured, all for
own, and to be allowed to the want of an additional hundred kill crows. Oh! mothers of innumer pounds!
a gun of his
TO THE MOCKING BIRD.
Thou glorious mocker of the world! I hear
Thy many voices ringing through the glooms
And floods the heart. Over the sphered tombs
No light from history's starlike page illumes
None cares for them but thou :- And thou mayst sing
Perhaps o'er me, as now thy song does ring
Thou scorner of all cities! Thou dost leave
The world's turmoil and never-ceasing din,
Where misery gnaws the maiden's heart within :
Where with thy soul of music thou dost win
Upon thy sounding melody. Oh, where,
Amid the sweet musicians of the air,
Ha! what a burst was that! The Æolian strain
Goes floating through the tangled passages
Of glassy music under echoing trees,
Thin waves of brilliant flame-till we become,
With very excess of deep pleasure, dumb,
(Even as men love light) the song of birds :
Amid the woods, what time the snowy herds
Into the depths of heaven's heart, as words
And vanish in the human heart; and then
Amid the eloquent grandeur of these shades,
Of human life, until existence fades
Through the thick woods and shadow-chequer'd glades,
The brilliance of thy heart—but I must wear,
As now, my garmenting of pain and care,
Have overshadow'd Youth's green paths with gloom !
To welcome me within my humble home :-
The darkness of existence to illume!
Over the spirit, then my bones shall rest
Beneath these trees and from thy swelling breast,
The final predictions of this Pro- were remnants of the habits and corphet are well known for their power- ruptions of Babylonish life among ful and lofty threatenings of national them, is obvious from his rebukes, ruin. Yet the condition of his coun. and those of Zechariah and Ezra. But try at the moment, was unquestionably those were slight stains, and the error the last which could have justified any which was predicted as the final source human conjecture of its dissolution by of their ruin—a ruin, too, at the disDivine vengeance. The people had tance of four hundred years-was of but lately rebuilt their Temple, had a wholly opposite character,-the naconformed to the renewed law of their tional disdain of contact with the Genfathers, had received the recovered tile world, the national pride in the Scriptures, and had commenced a exclusiveness of their religion, and the new and purified polity. That there national vindictiveness against that
Mightiest of all Teachers, and Su- “ The day cometh that shall burn preme of all Sovereigns, who came to as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and announce the admission of mankind all that do wickedly, shall be stubble. into the privileges of Israel. Independently of our direct knowledge of « But unto you that fear my name the universal inspiration of Scripture, shall the Sun of Righteousness arise. this utter dissimilarity to human conclusions must make us feel that this • And ye shall tread down the awful denouncement of the matured wicked ; for they shall be ashes under vices of a land, then in their first pe- the soles of your feet, in the day that riod of regeneration, was the work I shall do this, saith the Lord of Hosts. of a knowledge above man. Malachi is said to have died young, after as
• Behold I will send you Elijah sisting the members of the Great Sy- the Prophet, before the coming of the nagogue in the re-establishment of great and dreadful day of the Lord." the law of the nation.
MALACHI, ch. iv.
Vast as is the period, and singular as Ottoman, until its conquest, a few are the changes of European history years ago, by that most extraordinary of since the Christian era, Judea still all Mussulmans, the Pacha of Egypt, continues to be the most interesting --a dreary period of 500 years, under portion of the world. Among other the most desolating government of the purposes, it may be for the purpose of world. It is equally impossible to read fixing the general eye upon this ex- the Scriptural references to the future traordinary land, that it has been pe- condition of Palestine, without disriodically visited by a more striking covering a crowd of the plainest and succession of great public calamities most powerful indications, that it than perhaps any other region. With shall yet exhibit a totally different less to attract an invader than any aspect from that of its present state. other conspicuous land of the East, it Enthusiasm, or even the natural interhas been constantly exposed to inva- est which we feel in this memorable sion. Its ruin by the Romans in the nation, may colour the future to us too first century did not prevent its being brightly; but unless language of the assailed by almost every barbarian, most solemn kind, uttered on the most who, in turn, assumed the precarious solemn occasions, and by men disovereignty of the neighbouring Asia. vinely commissioned for its utterance, After ages of obscure misery, a new is wholly unmeaning, we must yet look terror came in the Saracen invasion, to some powerful, unquestionable, and which, under Amrou, on the conquest splendid display of Providence in faof Damascus, rolled on Palestine. A vour of the people of Israel. siege of four months, which we may The remarkable determination of well conceive to have abounded in European politics towards Asia Minor, horrors, gave Jerusalem into the hands Syria, and Egypt, within these few of the Kaliph Omar. On the death years ; the not less unexpected change of Omar, who died by the usual fate of manners and customs, which seemed of Eastern princes—the dagger--the to defy all change; and the new life incountry was left to the still heavier fused into the stagnant governments of misgovernment of the Moslem vice- Asia, even by their being flung into the roys-a race of men essentially bar- whirl of European interests, look not barian, and commuting their crimes unlike signs of the times. It may be for their zeal in proselytism. The no dream, to imagine in these phenopeople, of course, were doubly tor- mena the proofs of some memorable mented.
change in the interior of things—some A new scourge fell upon them in the preparatives for that great provideninvasion of the Crusaders, at the begin- tial restoration, of which Jerusalem will ning of the 12th century, followed by yet be the scene, if not the centre; and à long succession of bitter hostilities the Israelite himself the especial agent and public weakness. After almost of those high transactions, which shall a century of this wretchedness, an- make Christianity the religion of all other invasion from the Desert put lands, restore the dismantled beauty Jerusalem into the hands of its old of the earth, and make man, what he oppressor, the Saracen; and in 1187, was created to be only “a little lower the famous Saladin, expelling the last than the angels." of the Christian sovereigns, took pos
The statistics of the Jewish popula. session of Palestine. After another tion are among the most singular circentury of tumult and severe suffer- cumstances of this most singular of all ing, occasioned by the disputes of the people. Under alf their calamities and Saracen princes, it was visited by a dispersions, they seem to have remainstill more formidable evil in the shape ed at nearly the same amount as in of the Turks, then wholly uncivilized the days of David and Solomon, never -a nation in all the rudeness and vio. much more in prosperity, never much lence of mountaineer life, and spread less after ages of suffering. Noing blood and fire through Western thing like this has occurred in the his. Asia. From this date (1317) it re- tory of any other race; Europe in mained under the dominion of the general having doubled its popula
tion within the last hundred years, And the voice of her multitudes and England nearly tripled hers with
Rose on the air, in the last half century ; the propor
From the vale deep and dim,' tion of America being still more Like a rich evening hymn. rapid, and the world crowding in a But whence comes that cry? constantly increasing ratio. Yet the 'Tis the cry of despair ! Jews seem to stand still in this vast and general movement. The population What form stands on Zion ?of Judea, in its most palmy days, pro- The prophet of woe! bably did not exceed, if it reached, His frame worn with travel, four millions. The numbers who en. His locks living snow. tered Palestine from the wilderness His hand grasps a trumpet; were evidently not much more than The heart's-blood runs chill three ; and their census, according to At its death-sounding blast: the German statists, who are generally All the thousands are still considered to be exact, is now nearly All fixing their gaze, the same as that of the people under Where, like one from the tomb, Moses - about three millions. They The shroud seems to swim are thus distributed :
Round the long, spectral limb, In Europe, 1,916,000, of which And the lips pour in thunder about 658,000 are in Poland and Rus. The terrors to come! sia, and 453,000 are in Austria.
In Asia, 738,000, of which 300,000 « Thou'rt lovely, Jerusalem! are in Asiatic Turkey.
Lovely, yet stain'd; In Africa, 504,000, of which 300,000 Thou'rt a lion's whelp, Judah, are in Morocco.
Yet thou shalt be chain'd. In America, North and South,5700. Thou'rt magnificent, Zion!
If we add to these about 15,000 Yet thou shalt be lone; Samaritans, the calculation in round The pilgrim of sorrow numbers will be about 3,180,000.
Shall see thy last stone. This was the report in 1825_the numbers probably remain the same. “ Hark, hark to the tempest This extraordinary fixedness in the What roar fills my ear ? midst of almost universal increase, 'Tis the shouting of warriors, is doubtless not without a reason-if The crash of the spear. we are even to look for it among the The eagle and wolf mysterious operations which have pre- On that tempest are rollid served Israel a separate race through Twin demons of havoc, eighteen hundred years. May we To ravage thy fold. not naturally conceive, that a people thus preserved without advance or re- • They rush through the land trocession ; dispersed, yet combined ; As through forests the fire ; broken, yet firm; without a country, Woe, woe to the infant, yet dwellers in all ; every where in- Woe, woe to the sire! sulted, yet every where influential; Rejoice for the warrior without a nation, yet united as no na
Who sinks to the grave; tion ever was before or since_has not But weep for the living been appointed to offer this extraordi- A ransomless slave. nary contradiction to the common laws of society, and even the common pro- “ But, veil'd be mine eyeballs ! gress of nature, without a cause, and The red torch is flung, that cause one of final benevolence, And the last dying hymn universal good, and divine grandeur ? Of the temple is sung!
The altar is vanish'd, 'Twas eve on Jerusalem !
The glory is gone;
The curse is fulfill'd,
The last vengeance is done! On the mount's marble brow, On the Temple's broad grandeur, “ Again all is darkness : Enthroned on its height
Year rolls upon year ;
I hear but the fetter,
I see but the bier,