WATCHFUL guardian of our slumber! Where shall we begin thy praise, Whose loving-kindnesses out-number The moments that make up our days?

When her wing night darkly foldeth

O'er the hush'd earth and starry sky, "Tis thou in life our souls that holdeth, While we in sleep unconscious lie.

And afresh with every morning,
Notwithstanding all our sins,
With the first glad day-beam dawning,
Lord! thine unwearied love begins.

Of all thy mercies, though unworthy
We confess ourselves to be,

Yet our household now before thee,

Great God! we would commend to thee.

Oh guard, and govern, and direct us

In the straight and narrow way,
From perils and from sins protect us,
And keep us near thee through the day.

Worthy, O Lord! of our high calling

Let our conversation be;

Keep our unstable feet from falling,
And teach us how to live to thee.

Through him who takes away transgression' By his own atoning blood,

Make us in more than mere profession

The followers of the Lamb of God.'


And unto thee, our great Creator,
Kind preserver of our days!

To Christ our glorious mediator,

And Holy Ghost, be all the praise!


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ALTHOUGH liberal in name and aspect, the constitution of Switzerland is not so favourable to liberty as is usually supposed. 'Privileges of orders, of corporations, of localities, and of families, interfere with the equal rights of the majority of the citizens.' The federal diet lords it over the cantons, the large towns infringe the natural rights of the country, and the most valuable privileges of the towns are monopolized by a few families or trades. In countries subsisting under the most despotic forms of government, liberty is always found unfettered in the wild, poor, and thinly peopled districts; for,

'Men remote from power but seldom feel
Luke's iron crown or Damien's bed of steel.'

The democratic cantons of Switzerland are generally situated in the wildest and poorest part of these Alpine regions, while the aristocratic members of the confederation, richer and more populous, present most of the evils without the forms of regal government. Even in many of the new cantons of the Swiss confederacy, constructed on the principle of a perfectly popular representation, the defects of the system admitted of such practical abuses in the management of elections, as to throw the whole power into the hands of a small number of patrician families. But it was not in the nature of the brave and hardy inhabitants of the country tamely to endure inequitable assumption of privilege and power; and frequent insurrections of various fortune disturbed the tranquillity of the confederation.

Among those who distinguished themselves as the champions of popular rights and equal privileges, not the least remarkable was Albert Keller, a native of Basle. Defeated, however, and proscribed by an aristocracy irresponsible because numerous, and vindictive because insecure, Keller was driven from his sylvan possessions, and, with

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his wife and his children, sought a asylum in the wild pass of St. Bernard distance from the Hospice, which, unde has gained so much reputation for the and disinterested benevolence of i There, in a hut rebuilt out of the r destroyed many years before by an Keller earned a precarious subsistence acting as a guide, and occasionally per dangerous duties of a winter post-rider pass.

When otherwise unoccupied, Kelle quently sallied forth, amidst storms drifts, in search of bewildered travelle in spring and autumn by those sudde tions of moisture so remarkable in Alf A little time sufficed to give to his har frame the useful habits of his new pc under the assumed name of Steinmitz, came conspicuous for the courage, f sagacity which belong to the character hunters and shepherds, and which g

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