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SACRED POETRY.

THE JOY. .

ADDRESSED TO A YOUNG FRIEND.

Dost thou not love, in the season of spring,

To twine thee a flowery wreath ;
And to see the beautiful birch tree fling

Its shade on the grass beneath ?
Its glossy leaf and its silver stem,
Oh dost thou not love to look on them?
And dost thou not love when leaves are greenest,

And summer has just begun,
When in the silence of moonlight thou leanest

Where glittering waters run,
To see by that gentle and peaceful beam
The willow bend down to the sparkling stream ?
And oh, in a lovely autumnal day,

When leaves are changing before thee,
Do not nature's charms, as they slowly decay,

Shed their own mild influence o'er thee?
And hast thou not felt, as thou stoodest to gaze,
The touching lesson such scene displays ?
It should be thus at an age like thine,

And it has been thus with me;
When the freshness of feeling and heart were mine,

As they never more can be.
Yet think not I wish thee to pity my lot,
Perhaps I see beauty where thou dost not.
Hast thou seen in winter's stormiest day,

The stem of a noble oak,
Not fallen the victim of slow decay,

But rent by a sudden stroke,-
Round which a luxuriant ivy had grown,
And wreath'd it with verdure no longer its own?
Perchance thou bast seen this sight, and then,

As I at thy age might do,
Pass'd carelessly by, nor turned again

That scathed wreck to view.
But now I can draw from that mouldering tree,
Thoughts that are soothing and dear to me.
Oh! smile not, nor think it a worthless thing,

If it be with instruction fraught,
That which will closest and longest cling,

Is alone worth a serious thought.
Can ought be unlovely, that thus can shed
Grace round the dying, and leaves not the dead ?
Now, in thy youth, beseech of Him

Who giveth, upbraiding not,
That His light in thy heart become not dim;

That His love be unforgot.
And thy God, in the darkest of days, will be
Greenness, and beauty, and strength to thee.

BERNARD BARTON,

MISCELLANEOUS. American Prisoners. It was stated, at a meeting of the American Prison Discipline Society, as the result of the examinations made by that institution, into the history and career of the various criminals contined in the prisons of the United States, that in almost all cases their course of ruin began in disobedience to parents. This was followed by intemperance, and that made way for all other crimes. The statement was made by the secretary of the society, the Rev. Louis Dwight, whose opportunities for observation have certainly been very great.

Poor Sarah.– Thomas Bradford, jun., Esq., in an address before the Tract Society of Philadelphia, related the following facts :-A lady, who is engaged as a teacher in a coloured Sabbath School in this city, some months since distributed among the children her usual supply of tracts. One of these, “ Poor Sarah," was conveyed, the providence of God, to a poor aged black woman, and as she could not read, it was read to her by the child. The contents of this precious tract affected her heart, and such was her eagerness to treasure up its interesting incidents in ber melnory, and to appropriate its divine consolations, that she was wont to crave often, of such as were instructed, the favour of reading it to her. It became her constant companion; and once, in particular, while journeving in one of our Delaware steam-boats, she was known to beg a similar favour of the captain, which was readily granted. On her return to the city, the herald of the mercy and grace which she then enjoyed was still with her. She was afterwards visited with sickness, which proved to be unto death ; but she had received the good seed into her heart, and it had sprung up, bearing its fruits, faith, hope, patience, and charity, for her support in the hour when flesh and heart were failing her. For this seeu, and those good fruits, she declared herself to be instru. mentally indebted to the story of the poor Indian Sarah. She descended into the dark valley with songs of triumph, asking no other favour than that her much loved tract might be deposited in the narrow house with her then dying body. This was done; she now rests from her labours and her sufferings, and her released, redeemed spirit is, doubtless, rejoicing in the realms of light, with the glorious assembly and Church of the first-born, whose names are written in heaven.

The Duke of Luremburgh.-- This illustrious man, an his death-bed, declared, That he would then much rather have had it to reflect upon, that he had administered a cup of cold water to a worthy poor creature in distress, than that he had won so many battles as he had triumphed for.” All the sentiments of worldly grandeur vanish at that unavoidable moment which decides the eternal state of men.

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THE ECLIPSE,

A SONNET.

By W. C. ARNEIL,
In morning's life all seemed so bright,

No cloud o'erspread the clear blue sky, When suddenly there came a night,

That seemed to death the near ally. But soon, as darkness circled o'er

The disk of my young summer's sun, The star hope began to pour

Its radiance mid the shadowing moon, Till all that first my soul had cheered,

The Sun of Righteousness most bright, Again in glory full appeared,

To fill my heart with truth and light,

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ON THE MORAL END OF MIRACLES,

sation, and as a preparation for it, and, therefore,

the miracles of Moses had a remote, but very sigBY THE Rev. ROBERT BRYDON,

nificant, connection with the establishment of Minister of Dunscore.

Christianity. The prophets also foretold the fact, It is not our object, in this brief essay, to enter that the Messiah, when he came, should work into the philosophical discussion of what consti- miracles. And, accordingly, his doing so was a tutes a miracle. It is sufficient for our purpose fulfilment of Old Testament prophecy, as well as to know, that a miracle is a work entirely beyond a confirmation of his own claims to the character the reach of human power, and effected by the of the Messiah. Thus intimately connected toimmediate agency of God. And such undoubted-gether are the various departments of Scripture, ly were those mighty works performed by our prophecy foretelling miracle, and miracle fulblessed Saviour, such as giving the blind their filling prophecy. sight, and restoring the dead to life, which are But to limit our attention to the miracles of recorded in the Gospels. To those miracles it is our blessed Saviour, which are at once the most that we chiefly refer; and our sole object is to numerous and the most interesting recorded in inquire into the useful and important ends for Holy Writ, let us consider the great moral ends for which they were performed. Moses and the pro- which they were performed. And these we find phets, indeed, and also the apostles, all wrought stated, by the Apostle John, in a very brief but miracles, as well as our Lord Jesus Christ. But expressive manner, after giving an account of the they wrought them, not in their own name, or by first miraculous work which Christ did :-“ This their own power, as Christ did. They wrought beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galithem, too, in bearing testimony to Christ, and lee, and manifested forth his glory, and his discithat either prophetically as a Saviour promised, or ples believed on him.” In other words, this first retrospectively as a Saviour come. The dispensa- of a long and splendid series of stupendous miration of Moses was ushered in by miracles, but the cles, which the Saviour wrought during the days end of that dispensation was partly to prefigure, and of his flesh, had, like every other of the series partly to prepare the way for, the “ more glorious” which followed it, the double effect of manifesting dispensation of Christ. Moses and the prophets forth his own glory, and confirming the faith of wrought miracles by divine power and authority, in his disciples. These were the two grand ends confirmation of the doctrines which they taught. which his miracles were designed to subserve. But their doctrine had a special reference to In the first sense, they acted, so to speak, upon Christ ; "for to him all the prophets bare wit- himself, by investing him with the glory of diviness," “ they testified beforehand the sufferings of nity, and proving him to be the Son of God with Christ and the glory that should follow.” And power. And in the second sense, they acted upthus all the miracles of Scripture, as well as its on his disciples, by inspiring them with faith in types and prophecies, met in Christ as their grand his divine original, and with full and implicit concentre. Although performed by different indivi- fidence in his perfect ability to save. But these duals, and in different ages, they had a unity of ends were promoted, not simply by the miracuobject, they all bore upon the same system of lous nature, but also by the moral character of truth,--they all tended to one great end. For, our Saviour's mighty works. For besides being although the miracles of Moses had an immediate mighty, they were also merciful,—besides being reference to the establishment of the ceremonial great, they were also good. They were all miraeconomy, they had also an ultimate reference to cles of grace. Even the cursing of the barren figthe Christian economy, inasmuch as the former tree was fraught with a gracious warning to men was designed to be introductory to the latter, and not to rest in a barren profession of the Gospel, but for the latter would never have been contrived, lest such a doom should befal them. And there nor needed to have been established. It was esta- was abundance of gracious instruction contained blished solely for the sake of the Christian dispen- in the temporal calamity of the destruction of the

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF JOHN BUNYAN.

herd of swine, had the blinding influence of ava- we shall learn to confide in his disposition, as well rice only permitted their owners rightly to consi- as in his perfect ability, to deliver us from all the der and improve the event. The act of destroy- spiritual maladies which sin has entailed upon our ing the heril was not an exertion of the power of nature ; to cure us of our moral blindness ; to Christ, but an exertion of the malignant power of cleanse us from our moral leprosy ; to raise us Satan, who thus abused the permission which from the state of spiritual death and condemnation Christ granted him to enter into the swine ; and in which all are by nature involved. In short, we it ought to have convinced their owners, and all shall feel encouraged to apply to Christ for the rethe people of the region, that Satan's power was lief of all our spiritual wants; to go to him in all employed only to do evil, while Christ's power, as our impotency as sinners, that he may impart they had just witnessed it in the cure of the fierce divine strength to our souls ; that he may heal demoniac, was employed only to do good! our withered hands, and fit us for spiritual activity;

The miracles of our Saviour, then, considered that he may feed our fainting and famished souls as works of supernatural power, were designed to with the bread of life; that he may loose us from aflix the seal of the divine testimony to the glory every bond of Satan, and render us spiritually and of his character ; but, considered as works of be completely whole. nevolence, they were intended to illustrate the genius of his Gospel

. They were signs, not only of the truth, but also of the tendency of his doc- Author of the " Pilgrim's Progress," &c. trine. It was on a spiritual mission that Christ came into the world, and all that he did, as well Few men have acquired a more lasting and imperishable as all that he taught, was connected with that mis- fame than John Bunyan. From a state of poverty and sion, or had reference to it; and thus a miracle lity,–he rose to the highest honour in the Church of

wretchedness,—wretchedness aggravated by immorahas its moral, as well as a parable. The cures

God, so that it is scarcely possible to point to an individual which Jesus wrought upon the bodies of men, were emblematical of what he came to accomplish his writings, than the subject of the present sketch.

who has been more eminently and extensively useful by for their souls. Like many of the prophecies, and John Bunyan was born at Eistow, within a mile of Bedof the types of Scripture, the miracles of Christ ford, in the year 1628. He is well known to have been had a double end to fulfil And, therefore, we are

descended of humble parentage, and he himself acknowwarranted to look beyond their literal and imme, ledges that his " father's house was of that rank that is diate consequences, in search of some moral and

meanest and most despised of all the families in the spiritual instruction, which they are calculated land.” His education, in such circumstances, could not and designed to convey to the mind. To suppose fail to be scanty, and the little knowledge he did acquire that they were intended only to attest the truth of

was speedily lost, amid the follies and crimes of an illthe Gospel, in the way

of external evidence, would be to overlook a great deal of their actual use, and have been of the lowest and most abandoned description.

spent youth. His early character, in fact, appears to to lose the impressive lessons which they bring From a child,” we learn by his own confession, "le home to the experience and the heart, by admir- | had but few equals

, both for cursing, swearing, lyably illustrating the excellent nature and tendency ing, and blaspheming." Even then, however, the conof the Gospel, considered as a spiritual salvation. Science of Bunyan was not altogether seared ; a gloom In what we may call their attestative character, of despondency occasionally overshadowed his mind, the miracles of the New Testament have all one

and he was visited with fearful forebodings of comin; and the same object ; they are so many distinct wrath. Often in these dark moinents did he earnestly witnesses, concurring in one and the same testi- wish that there were no heaven, no hell. He nevermony, and the language of one is the language of theless continued to pursue a course of the most reekall. But, in what we may term their illustrative less and abandoned profiigacy. character, they afford a diversity of lessons, bear

At length Bunyan enlisted as a soldier, in the Parlizing on the different doctrines of the Gospel, and

ment army, and the discharge of bis military duties on the varying condition of sinners. And it is in be experienced some wonderful instances of the divine this latter view that they are most interesting and goodness, in the preservation of his life. Yet, neither edifying, as the subjects of Christian instruction allured by the kindness nor awed by the judgments of and consolation ; so that, unless we spiritualize heaven, he persevered in his rebellion against the Must our Lord's miracles, we can neither see all their High. In the midst of this career of ungodliness, it force, nor feel, perhaps, any of their practical ap, pleased the Almighty to guide him to the selection of a plication. But, if we keep this important end wife, who, sprung of godly parents, was herseif disposed steadily in view, we shall be enabled to reap much to pay at least an outward respect to Religion. He: spiritual benefit from the contemplation of every father had bequeathed to her at his death two excellent miraculous work which our Divine Redeemer per- tracts, “ The Plain Man's Pathway to Heaven," and formed. We shall see, in each and all of them, “ The Practice of Piety." These she highly prized : sọ many instances of his infinite grace and com- and " in these two books,” says Bunyan, “ I would passion, as well as of his glorious power; we shall sometimes read with her, wherein 1 also found some see, that if ever that power is put forth to destroy, it things that were somewhat pleasing to me, but all this is not only “ to destroy the works of the devil,” but while I met with no conviction." These tracts, conat the same time to save and to bless mankind ; and vided with the pious induence of his wife, were the

means, under Providence, of awakening his mind to some taken place in the whole deportment of this once abandesire after an outward reformation of conduct. He doned sinner was now quite apparent. His acquaintattended Church now with the utmost regularity, and ances thought him decidedly religious, and lie himself yielded the most scrupulous obedience to all the ap- was quite satisfied with their approbation. The change, pointed observances of the Church of England, and yet | however, was merely superficial. He was "going about his conduct was as iminoral as before, for the simple and to establish his own righteousness," in utter contempt of obvious reason that his heart was unchanged. It is pos- the righteousness of the Redeemer. Such a course, if sible to wait upon ordinances with undeviating scrupu- persisted in, must have terminated in his utter ruin; losity, and to wear, in the eyes of the world, an aspect but, in the all-wise arrangements of God, this man was of seeming Christianity, while, in deed and in truth, we destined to be a burning and a shining light in the have but " a name to live," and "are spiritually dead." Church of Christ. He was not suifered therefore longer Such was Bunyan for a considerable period of his life. to walk after the sight of his own eyes. The Almighty He strove to subdue the workings of the Spirit upon his interposed and plucked him as a brand from the burnmind, and to excuse himself for a life of sin, by an unre. ing.” It may be interesting to state the manner of his mirted observance of outward duty. The state in which conversion, i1. his own words: he was at this time may be best ascertained from his Upon a day, the good providence of God called me own language.

to Bedford, to work at my calling; and in one of the · All this while, I was not sensible of the danger streets of that town, I came where there were three or and evil of sin; I was kept from considering that sin four poor women sitting at a door, in the sun, talking would damn ine, what Religion soever I followed, un- about the things of God; and being now willing to hear less I was found in Christ: Nay, I never thought of their discourse, I drew near to hear what they said, for bim, nor whether there was such a one or no. Thus I was now a brisk talker of myself, in the matters of man, while blind, doth wander, but wearieth himself Religion ; but I may say, I heard but understood not, with vanity, for he knoweth not the way to the city of for they were far above, out of my reach. Their talk God.

was about a new birth; the work of God in their hearts; " But one day, amongst all the sermons our parson as also how they were convinced of their miserable state made, his subject was, to treat of the Sabbath-day, and by nature. They talked how God had visited their souls of the evil of breaking that, either with labour, sports, with his love in the Lord Jesus, and with what words or otherwise. Now I was, notwithstanding my Reli- and promises they had been refreshed, comforted, and gion, one that took much delight in all manner of vice, supported against the temptations of the devil. Niore. an, especially, that was the day that I did solace my- over, they reasoned of the suggestions and temptations self there with, wherefore I felt in my conscience under of Satan in particular, and told to each other by what this sermon, thinking and believing that he made that means they had been afficted, and how they were borne serinon on purpose to shew me my evil doing. And at up under his assaults. They also discoursed of their that time I felt what guilt was, though never before, own wretchedness of heart, and of their unbelief, and that I can remember ; but then I was, for the present, did contemn, slight and abhor their own righteousness, greatly loaden therewith, and so went home, when the as filthy, and insufficient to do them any good. sermon was ended, with a great burthen upon my spirit, And, methought, they spake as if joy did make

This, for that instant, did benumb the sinews of them speak, they spake with such pleasantness of Scripmy best delights, and did imbitter my former pleasures | ture language, and with such appearance of grace in all to ine; but hold, it lasted not, for, before I had well they said, that they were to me as if they had found a dined, the trouble bad begun to go off my mind, and my new world; as if they were people that dwelt alone, Leart returned to its old course.

But Oh! how glad and were not to be reckoned among their neighbours.' was I, that this trouble was gone from me, and that the “ At this I felt my own heart begin to shake, and fire was put out, that I might sin again without con- mistrust my condition to be naught, for I saw that, in troul! Wherefore, when I had satisfied nature with all my thoughts about Religion and Salvation, the new my food, I shook the sermon out of my mind, and to birth did never enter into my mind; neither knew I the my old custom of sports and gaming I returned with comfort of the word and promise, nor the deceitfulness great delight."

and treachery of my own wicked heart. As for secret Thus it is, that in too many instances “the dog re

thoughts, I took no notice of them, neither did I un

derstand what Satan's temptations were, nor how they turns to its vomit, and the sow that was washed to its

were to be withstood and resisted," &c. wallowing in the mire.” An outward reformation may

Thus, therefore, when I had heard and considered take place; nay, we may lead a life of decency and what they said, I left them, and went about my emblameless respectability, and yet all the time the heart ployment again, but their talk and discourse went with may be at enmity with God, and the soul unpardoned, me; also my heart would tarry with them, for I was unpurified, and unsaved. In this condition Bunyan re- greatly affected with their words, both because by thein mained for a considerable time; but, at length, in the I was convinced that I wanted the true tokens of a truly wise providence of God, he began to be partially awak. godly man, and also because by them I was convinced of

the happy and blessed condition of him that was such a ened to the necessity of leading a life of holiness. The circumstance which, on this occasion, led to a consider

Therefore, I would often make it my business to able improvenient in his character and conduct, was the be going again and again into the company of these poor cori versation of a poor man who spoke strongly of the people, for I could not stay away, and the more I went happiness connected with Religion. Bunyan now took among them, the more I did question my condition; great pleasure in reading the Bible, chiefly, however, and, as I still do remember, presently I found two

things within me, at which I did sometimes marvel, the historical parts; " for as for Paul's epistles," to quote his own words, “ and such like Scriptures, i especially considering what a blind, ignorant, sordid.

and ungedly wretch but just before I was.

The one could not away with them, being as yet ignorant, either

was a very great softness and tenderness of heart, which of the corruptions of my nature, or of the want and worth caused me to fall under the conviction of what, by of Jesus Christ to save us." Tlie change which liad Scripture, they assorted; and the other was a grcat

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bending in my mind, to a continual meditating on it, Gifford. He felt that he had now openly professed himself and on all other good things, which at any time I heard on the Lord's side, that he had vowed to be the Lord's, and or read of."

by that vow he must abide. Still he often experienced In this state he continued for upwards of two years, strong temptations from the wicked one, that roaring eagerly inquiring the way to Zion, reading the Bible lion who goeth about seeking whom he may devour. with a strong desire for instruction, praying and medi- On one occasion, in particular, when he was seized with tating much, and seeking, by all possible ways, to attain symptoms which threatened a consumption, the tempter a saving acquaintance with the truth, as it is in Jesus. took advantage of the weakness of his body, to harass At length his prayers were heard ; his soul was enlight- and torment his soul. A vivid consciousness of indwellened, and he who had been sitting in darkness and in ing sin, a dread of falling into the snare of the devil, the shadow of death, now sat in the light of God's coun

and a thousand indescribable feelings bore down and detenance, and in the full experience of God's love. His pressed his heart. Or to quote his own simple and af. feelings were from this time entirely changed, and he en

fecting language : joyed the liberty wherewith Christ makes his people free.

“At the apprehensions of these things my sickness "I cannot now express with what longings and

was doubled upon me, for now I was sick in my inward breathings in my soul I cried to Christ to call me.

man, my soul was clogged with guilt ; now, also, was Thus I continued for a time, all on a flame to be con- my former experience of God's goodness to me quite verted to Jesus Christ; and did also see, at that day, taken out of my mind, and hid, as if they had never such glory in a converted state, that I could not be con

been, or seen. Now was my soul greatly pinched be. tented without a share therein. Gold! could it have

tween these two considerations, ' live I must not, die been gotten for gold, what would I have given for it! I dare not. Now I sunk and fell in my spirit, and was Had I had a whole world, it had all gone ten thousand

giving up all for lost; but as I was walking up and times over for this, that my soul might bave been in a down in my house, as a man in a most woeful sti te, converted state.

that word of God took hold of my heart, ‘ ye are justi. “ How lovely now was every one in my eyes, that I fied freely by his grace, through the redemption that is thought to be converted, whether man or woman! in Christ Jesus.' But oh! what a turn it made i apon They shone, they walked like a people that carried the

me! broad seal of heaven about them. Oh! I saw the lot

“ Now was I as one awaked out of some trouble some was fallen to them in pleasant places, and they had a sleep and dream, and, listening to this heavenly selgoodly heritage. But that which made me sick, was

tence, I was as if I had heard it thus spoken to ine:that of Christ, in St. Mark, He went up into a moun- Sinner, thou thinkest, that because of thy sins and intain, and called unto him whom he would, and they firmities I cannot save thy soul, but, behold, my Son is came unto him.

This Scripture made me faint and by me, and upon him I look, and not on thee, and sball fear, yet it kindled fire in my soul. That which made deal with thee according as I am pleased with him. me fear was this, lest Christ should have no liking to At this I was greatly enlightened in my mind, and me, for he called whom he would. But Oh! the glory made to understand, that God could justify a sinner at that I saw in that condition, did still so engage my any time ; it was but his looking upon Christ, and imheart, that I could seldom read of any that Christ did puting his benefits to us, and the work was forthwith call, but I presently wished, • would I had been in

done. their clothes; would I had been born Peter; would I “ And as I was thus in a muse, that Scripture also had been born John; or, would I had been by and had came with great power upon my spirit, not by works heard him when he called them, how would I have

of righteousness that we have done, but according to cried, O Lord, call me also ! But, Oh! I feared he his mercy he hath saved us,' &c. Now was I got on would not call me.'

high, I saw myself within the arms of grace and mercy; About this time Mr Bunyan was introduced to Mr and though I was before afraid to think of a dying bour, Gifford, who was an excellent and efficient Baptist mi- yet, now I cried, Let me die. Now death was lovely and nister in Bedford, and from his private intercourse, as

beautiful in my sight, for I saw,

we shall never live well as public ministrations, he seems to have derived indeed, till we be gone to the other world.' Oh! niemuch benefit. His pious resolutions became more con

thought, this life is but a slumber, in comparison with

that above. At this time also I saw more in these firmed, his conscience more tender, and though his soul words," heirs of God,' than ever I shall be able to ex: was sometimes overclouded, the peace of God generally press while I live in this world.

• Heirs of God!'God filowed into his heart, with all its refreshing and invigor himself is the portion of the saints. This I saw and ating influences. Amid all the strange and fitful fluc- wondered at, but cannot tell you what I saw." tuations of Christian experience, to which he was ex- It has been often remarked in the course of the Lord's posed, he was evidently, in a peculiar sense, a child of dealings with his people, that those are subjected to peprovidence. The Almighty was ever and anon inter- culiar trials who are intended for the fulfilment of pecuposing in his behalf, to deliver him from those seasons liar duties. And this observation was remarkably era of doubt and even despondency, to which he was occa- emplified in the case of John Bunyan. As a private sionally subject. At such seasons of sore temptation he Christian, the Lord tried him long severely, that he derived great advantage from Luther's work upon the might be fitted for much usefulness in the Church of Epistle to the Galatians, a book which he accordingly Christ. No sooner did he become settled and establishpreferred before all the books that he had ever seen, ex- ed in the belief of the truth, than he burned with an cepting the Bible, “as most fit for a wounded con- ardent anxiety to make it known to others. In the science." Still it was at the fountain of truth itself, the year 1656, accordingly, he began publicly to preach the inspired Word of God, that Bunyan sought and found everlasting Gospel, at the request of the congregation those refreshing streams which were afterwards“ in and the pastor of the church to which he belonged. him a well of water, springing up into everlasting The appearance in the pulpit of one who had formerly life.” At length, when nearly twenty-five years old, been so notorious for his wickedness, excited considerbe joined the Church under the pastoral care of Mr able sensation in Bedford and its neighbourhood. The

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