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regard for the divine authority were hypocritical and hollow; for when, after ten days, the answer of JB. NOVAH was communicated, forbidding them to go to Egypt, they refused to listen to it, and reproached the Prophet with delivering a false message in the name of God. Neither the promise of protection, should they remain in their own territory, nor the threatening of inevitable death in Egypt, could induce them to forego their purpose. Resolutely bent on filling up the measure of the national iniquity and punishment, they went into that land by whose example of idolatry they had already been so awfully polluted, that they might freely gratify their strange propensity to that most heinous sin. There, uninstructed by the judgments which had laid Jerusalem in ashes, they impiously dared to vindicate their base desertion of the God of ABRAHAM, and to assert the claims of idols to their worship and regard.
JEREMIAH, though reluctant, was compelled to bear them company to this forbidden land ; where a severe denunciation of divine displeasure, against these obstinate and shameless sinners, concluded his affecting ministrations among a people who had uni. formly met his kindness with ingratitude and scorn. A life of long and arduous service, and of deep and painful sufferings, accumulated on a spirit * pensive, tender, and susceptibly alive to every holy and exalted feeling,—a life devoted to the honour of his God, and to the interests of his country,—was termi
* The Book of Lamentations exhibits the internal feelings of the Prophet, with the most exquisite and touching pathos. He there appears inferior only to the Man of SORROWs, in his sympathetic sufferings with the Church of God.
HISTORY OF THE PROPHET JEREMIAU.
nated in a land of strangers, and probably by sanguinary means. The circumstances of the death of JEREMIAH are indeed uncertain, the Scripture having left no record on the subject; but the tradition of the Church has long assigned to him the crown of martyrdom. During a dark and stormy period, he shed a radiance on the Jewish hemisphere; and if the brighter glories of the Gospel disclose a shade of imperfection in this luminary of the Elder Dispensation, let Christianity improve her privilege, and bless the splendours of that Sun of RIGHTEOUSNESS, who has arisen with healing in his beams.
But while the fire of inspiration kindled on the lips of Prophets, chiefly to enlighten and reclaim the house of Israel, yet were they charged with other oracles; and other nations had an interest in those penetrating views, which they were privileged to take into futurity. The fate of those extensive empires, which were alternately the scourge of Judah, was especially revealed; and JEREMIAII, while bewailing, in the bitterness of grief, the desolations of his country, received such revelations of their future destinies, as have invested prophecy with the minuteness of historic fact.-EGYPT, although when this afflicted Prophet wandered unwillingly through her vast cities, she haughtily exalted in her plenitude of power and riches, yet from his lips received the doom of that destruction which consigned her grandeur to the desolation and oblivion which have obscured it through succeeding ages, and still involve it in profoundest gloom. [n vain the massive pyramid, the stately palace, the stupendous temple, or the splendid mau. soleum, sought to perpetuate the mysteries of a dark idolatry, or cast imperishable lustre on the achievestraints of the law of Christ could be effectual in preserving so ardent and ambitious à spirit from sin and misery.
One morning, after JANE had been telling GeoRGE that she hoped he would always be an honour and a happiness to her, she added, “The benefits and pleasures which brothers and sisters may confer on one another are far greater than they are generally supposed to be. I once heard of two orphans who lived in the enjoyment of them, and I will give you their history.
"ALFRED was three years old, and his sister Mar. GARET a year and a half, when their mother died. Mrs. Rivers lived at a sea-port town, and was the wife of a Captain in the navy, whose return from a dangerous voyage she had long anxiously expected. Her health had always been very delicate; and a few watchful days and sleepless nights brought her to the grave, to slumber awhile, and to watch no more. MRS. R- had been buried a week, when CAPTAIN Rivers's vessel was wrecked, and himself and the greatest part of his crew were lost. On hearing this, his brother, LIEUTENANT R-, came to the town where they lived, to settle the affairs of the poor children, who were thus left orphans at an age when they were happily almost unconscious of their loss. He stayed some months with them, and then set out for the East Indies.
.66 They were now entirely under the care of an old and trusty servant, who had promised Mrs. Rivers that she would never desert them while they were children, and would endeavour to do her duty to them. This she certainly did; but her notions of duty were very narrow: she thought it was merely
to keep them out of danger, and to feed and clothe them well. HANNAH's love to her mistress was her only inducement to take this charge upon her, for she was not naturally fond of children; and her temper being peevish, she was frequently wearied by their wild mirth and blithsome gambolş, so that, except at meal-times, they were very little with her. Every morning, howeyer, she made a point of teaching Alfred to read, and MARGARET to work; and, when in a remarkably good humour, would take them to walk on the beach, or in the church-yard. In general, they were obliged to find their own amusements; and this was not a dif. cult matter, for they agreed together very well, though ALFRED was a bold rough boy, and MARGARET a soft gentle girl. All the fine weather they spent in the large garden that surrounded their home. Tie trees, shrubs, and flowers of it they knew perfectly; and to most of them had given names of their own making, because they had been taught no others. They had a childish fancy of pretending that some of the favourite ones were real persons. In one corner of the shrube bery stood a high poplar, and beneath it there was a beautiful bending willow. These they called their father and mother. In their shade grew two young rose-bushes ; the red one was ALFRED, and the white one MARGARET : around them rose a holy, and this they named HANNAH. Sometimes ALFRED was the gardener, employed in digging and watering the beds, while MARGARET gave him her orders in the way in which she thought a lady would speak; and then they would be brother and sister agaiii, playing at hide and seek among the tall grass and thick bushes.
. " In the winter-time their play-room was the parlour; in which stood many glass cases of curiosities,
particularly a cabinet of shells which their father had brought from his voyages, and which Mrs. Rivers had passed many hours in cleaning and arranging. In this room also their toys were kept. Here too, though it had been long overlooked by them, was a treasure infinitely more valuable than any that have been men. tioned. One day, they observed a large book on the highest shelf of a closet in this parlour. ALFRED im. mediately climbed up to reach it; and he felt very happy to be able to read its title, and to tell his sister that it was “ The Holy Bible.” He then began to read it aloud to her; for MARGARET did not know her letters, as HANNAH, it seems, thought it best for a girl to learn to work before she began to read. Their usual games were now for a long while laid aside; for they were so interested in the histories of the Bible, that they thought of them all day, and often dreamed at night about the characters of whom they read. There was one part of this book which they liked better than any other. This was that narrative in the New Testament, which describes our Saviour as taking the little children in his arms, and blessing them; saying to those who would have hindered it, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.' "0,' said MAR. GARET, when she read this, "how I wish that Jesus Christ was now on earth; for though my mother could not take me, I would go to be blessed by him.' ALFRED said, 'And I would ask him to love me, and to be my father. - “ This is a picture only of their childish happiness; but they have enjoyed the same all through life. As they did in their early days, so have they always instructed, soothed, and cheered each other; finding,