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MONITORY.

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To Die! What is it?-Where to be ?-
And there, how long ? What does death mean?
And who must die; and when, or where;
Who knows ?---And what to be prepared
For death? And what to fail of this?
To answer these, Scripture must guide.
Does death then stop existence ? No.-
"Tis only change of place ;-time for
Eternity ;-mortality for life*
Immortal! To die, we leave this
World for one unseen beyond,--yės,
Far beyond the grave.This is death ;-
And from its bourn no traveller
Returns, to tell us how he fares.-
This leap is for eternity!
And where does death convey the soul
Immortal, when it leaves the clay ?
The Bible tells us where.—To heaven
Or hell! Death is heaven to none but
Pious souls-whose hearts have felt true
Penitence for sin ;-have been renewed
By grace divine ;--are sanctified,
And thus prepared for heaven.
The sinner, death conducts not up
To heaven, where all is holiness :
But down to hell, where all is horror!
To die, then, is to be in heaven
Or hell--is death eternal; or.
Immortal life and blessedness!
At death, the soul is fixed in woe,
Or bliss ;—and there to dwell How long?
Here too, the Bible answers--ah!--
Listen, while I speak the solemn
And amazing word -forever!

* Future existence only is meant.

O death, is this thy meaning? Yes,-
To die, is endless bliss or woe!
And all must die, and when, or where,
Jehovah only knows. And what
To be prepared ? 'T'is heaven! And what
To fail ? O sinner--shall I tell
Thee? Will you hear and heed, when 'tis
Not man that speaks; but God, from beaven,
And in his word declares ;-- To die
Without a Saviour--in his blood
Unwashed, --impenitent,-is hell !*
Since things are so, O man, 'tis height
Of wisdom to prepare for death ;-
And this without delay.

Verses by Sir Walter Raleigh, found in his Bible in the

Gatehouse at Westminster, after his Execution.

Even such is time which takes in trust,
Our youth, our joys, and all we have;
And pays us nought but age and dust,
Which, in the dark and silent grave,
When we hare wandered all our ways,
Shuts up the story of our days,
And from which grave, and earth, and dust,
The Lord will raise us up, I trust.

An original and literal translation of part of the second Episode of Horace, in which he describes the happy man. The Poet commences it in the same manner as the Sacred Poet commences the first Psalm, where he also describes the happy man. It is translated to show the contrast in the two descriptions.

Blest is the man, on some kind spot,
His native and paternal lot

In solitude retired.

* Luke xvi. 23.

Free, like the nations long gone by
From opulence and luxury,

Admiring and admired.

The Clarion's sound, nor boisterous seas, Nor eloquence disturbs his ease,

Nor city's pride and splendor; Who prunes his young and growing vines, Which to tall poplar trees he joins,

Engrafting scions tender.

Who loves to see his fertile glades
Yielding his cattle food and shades,

And listen to their lowing,
Whose yines and orchards now appear
Crowning the labours of the year,

Autumnal bliss bestowing.

Expect, Priapus, at his hands,
Sylvanus, guardian of his lands,

Expect a tribute grateful.
Of pears he gives you what you choose,
Clusters ambitious of their hues,

And every fruit delightful.

Beneath his oaken sylvan shade,
On flowery herbs he lays his head,

In solemn meditation,
Near him the crystal babbling brook,
Above, the cawing, playful rook

Are sleepy recreation.
Who, when the wintery winds howl round
And dismal snows involve the ground,

To occupy his leisure, In the deep forests with his snares, And hounds; the wild deer and the bears

He makes his prey and pleasure.

Midst scenes like these what man retains Effeminate blond within his veins ?

Yet in a pleasant mansion,

His lovely wife, as wise as fair,
And the blest offspring of her care

Endeared by kind attention.

With milk made ready from the kine,
With flowing bowls of blushing wine

And chosen fruits to refresh him,
With blazing fire aod vestments warm,
Wait his returning through the storm

To bless and to embrace him.

Thrice happy man! nor happier he,
Whom every river, lake, and sea

Afford their choisest fishes :
Whose pride, and luxury, and wealth,
(Let Providence preserve his health,)

Contribute to bis dishes.

L***.

The entrance of the illustrious LA FAYETTE into BOSTON was accompanied with a powerful burst of public gratitude. While reading the following inscription, under which the procession passed, we involuntarily sighed, 60 that these tens of thousands of hearts were surrendered to GOD THEIR REDEEMER."

WELCOME, LA FAYETTE!
The fathers in glory shall sleep,
That gathered with thee to the fight,
But their son's will eternally keep

The tablet of gratitude bright!
We bow not the neck and we bend not the knee,
But our hearts, LA FAYETTE, we surrender to thee!

NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS. P: W: X: Ullus, and two or three pieces without signature, have been received.

Henrietta : A dialogue between H. and E., and Arian have been received.

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From Rev. Professor Stuart.

Andover, 28th April, 1824. Mr. Wilbur has explained to me his arrangement for an edition of Flie Bible, accommodated to the use of Bible Classes, which is subPontially the same as that adopted by him, in respect to the New

Testament, with the addition of useful tables of chronology, historical order of events, proper names, &c. I have no doubt as to the

sefulness of all efforts of this nature to increase a knowledge of the Bible, and I am perfectly satisfied that the institution of Bible Classes among the youth, is an event which will mark the history of the church in the present age, on account of the consequences With wbich it will be connected. Christians are yet very deficient en regard to their efforts to diffuse, wide and deep, the streams from this precious fountain, which shall make glad the city of our God.

would that Bible Classes were formed among those of maturer Breurs, in middle life, and old age, by every chureh in the country, and that an order of teachers might be raised up among us, such as plainly existed among the primitive Christians, whose business it Bhould be to give instruction from the Word of Life, more or less in the manner in which it is at present given

to Bible Classes, according various circumstances might require. I hope the day is not far istant, when this ancient order of teachers will be revived in the cureh. I am a hearty friend to all undertakings of such a nature Mr. Wilbur's.

M. STUART,

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