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only had this formidable adversary of the South obtained authority over these intermediate countries, but he had also crossed the stream of the Euphrates, and gained possession of Carchemish, a city on its eastera baoks. To an intrusion so offensive, the king of Babylon could not be accessary by an indolent repose. He therefore armed for battle, and, with the fierceness of a lion roused in anger from his thicket, fell suddenly upon his trembling prey. Carchemish was re-taken, and became a direful sacrifice to merciless revenge. The hosts of Egypt were driven back, scattered, pursued, and slaughtered; a remnant only being suffered to return to PHARAOH, to report the derastation which had overwhelmed the rest. But neither the destruction of a city, nor the annihilation of a nụmerous army, could satiate the pride or vengeance of an incensed, aspiring Monarch, who regarded the whole world as too confined a theatre for the display of his magnificence, and its inhabitants as only worthy to exalt his state. Elated with success, and animated with the hope of universal empire, he therefore speedily resolved to lead an army into Egypt; and, in his progress towards the rival coun. try, to reduce Judea, and the rest of the revolted provinces, to a renewed subjection to the power of Babylon. .
During these transactions, wherein the wisdom of JEHOVAU was rendering human restlessness and passion subservient to his own unerring purposes, repeated warnings of the scourge that was approaching were delivered, in the most pathetic, urgent, and expostulating terms, by the afflicted Prophet JEREMIAI, to his still obdurate and incorrigible countrymen. By various signs which he was ordered to employ for the more striking exhibition of impending judgments, he strove to rouse them to a sense of danger, and to induce them to take refuge in the clemency of the Most High. By the illumination of that SPIRIT who can alone reveal the secrets of futurity, he at this time predicted, not only the immediate victories of the King of Babylon, and the calamities in which he would involve Judea and Jerusalem, but also, the duration of their bondage, the restoration of the city and the temple, and the destruction of the Babylonish empire at the end of seventy years. On the delivery of this prophecy, he solemnly recalled to their remembrance the admonitions, warnings, and reproofs, which God had, by his means, conveyed to them during the space of three-and-twenty years ; upbraided them for their unkind and contumelious conduct towards himself; and bewailed their obstinate rejection of his counsels, to their own confusion and dismay.
But nothing could induce this hardened people to renounce their sins. The only consequence of these predictions, therefore, was to excite their rancour against JEREMIAH, whom, to escape his further threatenings, they shut up in prison ; but God, who sent him for a witness, commanded him from thence to bear his testimony to the truth. That this might be performed in the most striking manner, he was ordered to collect the several prophecies he had delivered against Israel, Judah, and the neighbouring nations, to write them on a screll, and to cause them to be read to all the people, on the solemn fast of expiation, in the temple of the Lord. This was accomplished by the aid of BARUCH, a ready scribe and a faithful, friend of JEREMLAU, who wrote the words
dictated to him by the Prophet, and then went up, and read them to the congregation in the place prescribed. Baruch himself was greatly moved by the divine denunciations of impending wrath; but on the callous spirits of his hearers his words fell pointless ; their hearts were steeled against compunctious feeling, and could be roused by nothing but the terrors of the sword. · Those terrors they were speedily compelled to suffer. Judea was invaded by King NEBUCHADNEZZAR, who besieged Jerusalem, took it, and put JEHOIAKIM in chains, with the intention of transporting him to Babylon ; but on his making suitable concessions, and submitting to become a tributary and a vassal to his conqueror, he was restored to freedom, and again permitted to ascend his throne.
(To be continued.)
A SISTER'S TALES.
No. III. The next rainy afternoon to that on which the account of Lucy and HELEN was given, (see Youth's Instructer for February, 1822, p. 50,) Jane found, on entering the parlour, the children all seated round the fire, expecting her to tell them another story. So she began in the following manner:
You all know Mary BURTON, who lives near the church in the next village to us, and I think she is rather a favourite of yours ;-at least her cottage is; for you always stop, when you pass it, to look at its white walls and paling, over which the old elm-trees bend, and to enjoy the sweet smell of her flowergarden. You have often remarked how very neat every thing looks around it; particularly herselfin
when her white cap and pleasant face have been just discerned between the bright scarlet geraniums that nearly cover her little casement. But though you are well acquainted with her cottage, and her countenance, I think you do not know much of her history; so I will tell it you.
Mary Burton was the child of very poor parents. Her father was a gardener, but, being frequently ill, he could not have constant work; so that her mother was necessitated to take in needle-work and washing, in order to add something to his scanty means for the support of their large family. Mary, being the eldest of seven, was obliged to work almost as soon as she could walk. Her childhood was not spent like yours, in quiet studies and pleasant plays. When she was ten years old, and no taller or stronger than you, my Mary, she was the nurse of her sister, then an infant; and not only did she nurse her all day, but when she had sung her to sleep, she had to wash and work for her, till her own bed-time arrived.
MARY was very fond of little babies, and she thought her sister the prettiest and sweetest child ske had ever seen; but all her love could not keep her own little arms from being tired with her weight, or her head from aching after her crying: and yet she was so careful, that when she was wearied, she never laid the infant down in the fields, as some thoughtless girls would, but danced and carried her about as long as possible. As soon as her sister could run alone, one of her brothers was sent out with her; for her mother thought that. Mary might now be of much more use by staying at home, and attending to the work of the house. Though it consisted but of four small rooms, yet there was much to be done: MARY A SISTER'S TALES.
kept them all in order, prepared every meal, and when this was done, sat down, not to rest herself, but to work hard for the family. Her only holiday was on the Saturday afternoon; when she was sent to a town, four miles distant, to market. This was indeed quite a treat to her on fine days; for her way lay through a succession of shady lanes, bordered with wild flowers, while here and there a break in the hedge disclosed a landscape composed of corn and clover fields, divided by a small wood, beyond which was a blue sea, and over all a bright blue sky. But very different was her walk in winter: she could not then go through these lanes, for the rain rendered them quite impassable;-she had to ascend hills, with the bleak wind blowing in her face, and sometimes bringing snow and rain along with it. One of her brothers was generally sent with her on such days, as a companion; and when he looked very cold, she put her little red cloak round him also, and then, though she was almost frozen, her heart was glad to think that she was warming him. Sometimes it was quite dark before they arrived at home, and she could not help crying from a fear that they should miss their way; but this her brother did not hear, for he always 66 whistled aloud to bear his courage up." This was her only excursion, and it was her regular one; for whatever season or weather it might be, Mary was sure to be seen going to market on Saturday, with her baskets on her arm.
I have told you what were her duties and employ. ments; and now I will tell you how she attended to them. This I can do very easily ;-she made plece sures of them, by performing them all in a quiet and even cheerful manner. This spirit, so different from