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into the image of the Lord from glory to glory.” The holy laws that regulate the concerns of accountable and following attempt at versification will tend to illustrate intelligent creatures. this remark:
Shall we not, therefore, prize that precious Volume
which brings “ life and immortality to light,” and bless I saw the lake, in child-like sleep,
the name of the great Redeemer, by whom that gift has Reflect the orb of day:
been bestowed, and strive to live as “the children of I looked again, its billows tossed
the light and of the day?"
By The Rev. ROBERT JAMIESON,
Minister of Westruther.
Among the animals peculiar to the quarter of the world
where the scene of the Sacred History is laid, the camel I heard the sentence, “ All is good,"
must rank first in order, whether we consider the antiPronounced by skill divine.
quity of its domestic character, the singular properties And man I saw like mirror lake
with which it is endowed, the feats of labour and His Maker's image shew,
strength of which it is capable, or the purposes of geneAnother “ Sun of Righteousness,"
ral utility to which it has long been subservient. In Reflecting from below.
the remotest periods, we find it associated with the But sin, like whirlwind, crossed the scene,
rising industry and commerce of mankind, constituting And all its beauty marred,
the staple source on which they depended for food and While o'er the dark chaotic mass,
clothing, cherished with the greatest care as the surest The stormy passions warred.
indication of wealth and honour, and occupying the Until the promised Saviour came,
chief place in the list of articles which princes conferred And bade the tempest cease,
as presents on their favourites, or fathers as dowry on Diffused a holy calm, and gave
their children. From the frequent notice taken of this
invaluable creature the Sacred Records, it is evident His thought-surpassing peace.
that its characteristic qualities, and the great variety of I looked once more, and man was raised
purposes to which it is applicable, were as well known To share Immanuel's throne,
to the patriarchs and their contemporaries, as to the moAnd brighter far than at the first,
dern inhabitants of the East ; and it may tend to give the In god-like glory shone.
student of the Scriptures a better idea of some interest. The effects resulting from these properties are very ing passages in them that relate to the camel, if we comvaried and exceedingly beneficial. By means of Light pare its state and habits as it is now found to exist, with we receive instantaneous information with respect to its condition as described in the earlier annals of the the form, size, colour, and position of surrounding ob people of God. jects, whether they be close at hand or placed at a dis- In appearance the camel is of unwieldy bulk, and tance. And while it conveys to us, in a moment, that though destitute of all claims either to elegance of knowledge of earthly objects, which, by other means, form or beauty of proportion, it is admirably adaptwe slowly and imperfectly acquire, Light alone enables ed, in point both of constitution and shape, to the us to carry our enquiries beyond the boundaries of earth, regions which it traverses, and the laborious life it supplies us with all the information which we possess is destined to lead. Most readers of this article may with regard to the heavenly bodies, makes known the have enjoyed an opportunity of witnessing a living speconstitution of the material universe, and points out the cimen of this species of animal, and therefore it would laws by which it is governed.
he superfluous to enter at large into its natural history ; When the various qualities of this wonderful sub. but for the sake of those who are totally unacquainted stance are taken into view, how glorious does He appear with it, it may suffice for our present purpose to bid at whose command it first shone forth! and when we them figure to themselves a quadruped of a large size, consider the benefits it confers on man, how great is the covered with a soft kind of hair, considerably shorter obligation under which we are laid to love and to adore than that of the ox, without horns, its lip divided in the Him!
centre, and six broad projecting foreteeth in the lower There is another reason that makes the investigation of jaw, short ears, a long waving upright neck, long and this subject peculiarly interesting to the Christian. Light slender limbs, very broad and divided feet, two large is so frequently employed in Scripture to denote the know- protuberances on the back, seemingly intended by the ledge of divine truth, that we almost forget that the word Creator for the reception of burdens; and by the groupis metaphorically used. A few observations will be sufing of these circumstances, they may be able to fora ficient to shew the aptness and beauty of this similitude. some idea of the general features of a domesticated Revelation, like the rays of Light, is designed for uni- beast, which has ever been esteemed by the people of versal diffusion, and accordingly, the commandment says, the East as the favourite, most useful, and important of “Go teach all nations,” and the invitation is “ Come all the animal productions of Asia. unto me all ye that labour;" like them it pursues a In most parts of the Oriental world it is to be found. straight and onward course, refusing to follow the crook- and every where it is highly prized; but to the pastoral ed paths of deceit ; like them it conveys, at a glance, people who frequent the desert, of which it is a native, much information which other means slowly and im- and where it is to be found in the greatest perfection, its perfectly communicate, and not only enables us more value cannot be estimated; for besides its utility as a fully to understand the interests and concerns of earth, beast of burden, it supplies them almost wholly with but extends our view to heaven. That knowledge of the means of their scanty subsistence, its flesh and milk God and of our own spiritual condition, which natural furnishing them with food and drink, its hair affording reason dimly unfolds, the Gospel exhibits in the bright-materials for their garments, carpets for their tents, and ness of noon, while, by it alone, we are taught the exist sacks for their grain ; its skin being made into bottles! ence and nature of angels and of devils, the future destiny of various sizes, in which they treasure up their water, of man, the place which we hold in the rational creation, and transport their butter and other articles of a similar: the moral perfections of the Deity, and the wise and nature, its sinews serving them as ropes, and its dung
as fuel. In short, it is turned to use in so many dif- | ing them in their pastoral migrations, for, subsisting as ferent respects, and forms so essential a part in the they do, by plunder, and depending for their success and economy of Arab life, that the pastoral people are ac- their safety on the rapidity of their movements to and customed to estimate the fortunes of their chiefs and from the place of attack, they train up their camels to the power of their tribes, not by the money, but by the assist them in their marauding expeditions against the number of camels they possess. In ancient times, the towns that border on the desert, by making them expert same importance was evidently attached to the posses- not only at kneeling when they are loaded and unloadsion of a numerous flock of camels, as we find them ed, but at entering upon their knees into the houses seenumerated in a particular manner among the cattle that lected for pillage. By means of camels, which their formed the pastoral establishments of the patriarchs ; assiduity has made adept in such nefarious arts, these that they were given by Abimelech to Abram among robbers often make a sudden descent upon a defenceless the princely tokens of his favour, and by Jacob to his village, enter, without dismounting, the houses of the incensed brother, as the most costly presents by which unsuspecting inhabitants, and after loading themselves the haughty spirit of Esau might be propitiated; and with every thing valuable they can lay their hands on, that when the flourishing fortunes of Job are described, effect their retreat in the same strange manner as they the measure of his great wealth is estimated chietly by entered,—the well-tutored beast accommodating itself to the circumstance, that he was the proprietor at first of all the wishes and motions of its lawless rider. Similar 3000, and latterly of 6000 camels.
acts of violence seem to have been committed by the In removing from one place to another, as their pas- tenants of the desert, in ancient times, and hence the toral necessities frequently require them to do, the origin of the general maxim of Solomon, Prov. xvii. 19. Arabs have seldom any other beast of burden than the “ He that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction,” the camel, on whose spacious and convenient back the meaning of which is not, as some interpreters have erro. various furniture of their tents is easily stowed. The neously supposed, that all who reared large splendid edichiefs, at the head of their tribes, and while marching | fices, did, in those Eastern countries, where the susat the slow pace of their flocks, generally prefer riding picion of wealth is dangerous to the possessors, expose on the camel to any other animal, for, in addition to themselves to the rapacity of their superiors ; but that the advantages it possesses, from the peculiarity of its every one who built his house with a free and spacious construction, and its capacity to endure privation and entrance, would thereby incur the risk of being frefatigue, it places the riders so high above the ground, quently harassed by banditti, who unscrupulously rode that the reflection of the sun's rays, nearly intolerable into the houses they designed to plunder. As a neceson foot, is scarcely at all felt, while an agreeable cool- sary precaution against the intrusion of such unwelcome ness is kept up in the air by the rapidity of its move- visitors, the people of the parts, particularly those who
On these occasions, as the stateliest and hand- inhabit the less populous parts, that lie near the desert, somest are selected as the bearers of the chiefs, they are have an outer wall around their houses, the gate of richly caparisoned, their housings consisting of the finest which is extremely small, generally not more than three crimson cloth, or carpetting, of Persia, and their breasts feet high. A recent traveller who visited the convent adorned with a long string of beads and bells. Camels of Mount Sinai, the walls of which are of an immense equipped in this gorgeous manner, are described by height, describes the gate, by which he entered, as so Pococke, who saw, when in Egypt, seven Agas of that low, as not to admit a horse ; and another states that country riding on camels, which had chains hanging his lodging at Gaza, in Palestine, was in a little court, from their necks to their breastplates ; by Clarke, “the passage to which was exceedingly low and narrow, who saw on the great road to Smyrna several caravans to prevent the incursions and insolent attacks of the of camels, with each a bell and strings of beads around Turks." It is quite evident, then, that in such a state their necks; and by Seely, in his Wonders of Elora, of society," he that exalteth his gate, seeketh destrucwho saw the public authorities of Poonah riding in a tri. tion;" and that a prudent man who wishes to provide umphal procession, on camels sumptuously decorated with for the security of his family and goods, must make the golden bells. These are evidently meant as marks of gate of his house as “ strait" as convenience will addistinction and grandeur ; and, accordingly, as the cus- mit of. The straiter and the smaller he makes it, he toms of the East never change, we find them used by will, of course, increase the difficulty of an enemy enthe grandees of antiquity, for the kings of Midian, tering it; and this affords an easy and a natural explanawhom Gideon captured, “ had chains about their camels' tion of another passage of Scripture, which has been necks,” the golden trappings of which formed part of often misunderstood, and which is obviously founded on the materials of the Ephod, which that Judge made and the Eastern custom to which we are alluding. Speaking put in his own city, Ophrah.
of the great temptations that beset the rich, our Lord The uneasy pace with which the camel proceeds (Mat. xix. 24.) says :-" It is easier for a camel to go being unsuitable to the younger and tenderer part of the through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to entribe, the wealthier chiefs have their wives and families ter the kingdom of God,” i. e., it would be as easy to accommodated in a sort of conveyance, which possesses drive a camel through a gate or door, as small as the all the recommendations of ease and shelter from the eye of a needle, as for a rich man to enter the king. heat. This is what is called a houda or pannier, consist- dom of God. ing of a large frame of wood, fixed on the back of the The grand purpose, however, for which the camel is camel, with a seat on each side, and a covering to secure employed, the scene on which the peculiar qualities it from the rain or the sun. It is a very easy and indolent with which the Creator has endowed it, are chiefly mode of travelling, though common only among the brought into exercise, is in journeying over the desert wives and families of the highest people in the East. The only mode of traffic and commerce in a great par . In this way Captain Burnes tells, in his journey to Bok- of the East, is by land carriage; and as the tracts over hara, that he and his companions travelled, and had their which the merchandize has to be transported, are in writing materials for noting observations, along with many places wide, dreary, and destitute of almost every them, besides the rest of their baggage ; and it seems to production of nature_perfect wildernesses of rock or bave been in one of the same carriages that Rachel was sand,-few animals could endure the fatigue and priva. sitting, when she concealed her father's household gods, tions of such expeditions, but the camel, in the adaptaas we are informed she did, “ in the camel's furniture." tion of which to the climate and region of its birth, the -Gen. xxxi. 34.
wisdom of providence is admirably displayed. Though Some of the roving Arabs, however, employ their possessing naturally a strong appetite, which, when sticamels in services less legitimate than that of transport- mulated by the sight of rich and plentiful verdure, often
makes it so impatient of restraint as to throw its rider, | Elisha, and which consisted of every good thing of Da. roll on its back to free itself of its load, and thus enjoy mascus,--forty camels' burden, (2 Kings, viii. 9.) From unencumbered the repast that is before it; yet it is all these useful qualities of the camel, its capacity of capable of bearing the greatest want; and the general undergoing labour, enduring privations, guiding to wa. docility of its character is displayed in submitting with tering-places, which it smells often an hour before it the greatest patience to the scanty and precarious fare reaches them, and from other circumstances, too with which the desert supplies it. “ Nature,” says numerous to be mentioned, this animal is most approBruce, “ has furnished the camel with parts and quali- priately termed by Job (ix. 26,) “ a swift ship," á 력 ties adapted to the office he is employed to discharge. term which is still current in the language and poetry The driest thistle and the barest thorn* is all the food of the Arabs. A fleet of these ships of the desert, or this useful quadruped requires; and even these, to save in other words, a numerous caravan passing through time, he eats while advancing on his journey, without the desert, is one of the most beautiful scenes which stopping, or occasioning a moment of delay. As it is the eye can witness or imagination conceive. The his lot to cross immense deserts, where no water is merchants collected together from every region, their found, and countries not even moistened with the dew rich and varied costumes, their elevated position on the of heaven, he is endued with the power at one water- back of their sumptuously accoutred camels, the costly ing-place, to lay in a store, with which he supplies him- merchandise they transport, comprising all the means of self for thirty days to come.
To contain this enormous life and the arts of luxury, give rise to ideas of smiling quantity of fluid, nature has formed large cisterns with abundance and joy; and, accordingly, such a picture in him, from which, once filled, he draws at pleasure has been selected by the Evangelical Prophet to afford the quantity he wants, and pours it into his stomach, a representation of the spiritual riches and blessings with the same effect as if he then drew it from a spring; which the advent of Messiah would give to the Church. and with this he travels patiently and vigorously all day " The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the drome. long, carrying a prodigious load upon him, through coun- daries of Midian and Epbah ; all they from Sheba shall tries infected with poisonous winds, and glowing with come : they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall parching and never cooling sands.” To this extract shew forth the praises of the Lord.”—(Isaiah lx. 6.) from Bruce we subjoin one or two circumstances, by It remains only to take notice of the rate at which way of explanation. The wells in the desert are some- the camel travels, which, according to Burnes, is about times very deep, and not easily approached. One men- 3740 yards, and according to Volney 3600 yards or tioned by Burnes was thirty feet under ground, to which about two miles and an eighth per hour. Though this there was a winding difficult access, and the long elas- seems to be the ordinary pace of the camel, when pushtic necks of the camels were seen to be particularly fit- ed through fear of danger, it can run with great rapidited to help them to the precious fluid on that occasion. ty, as many examples from modern travels might be The quantity which a single camel is capable of con- quoted to shew. And we find, that of the Amalekite taining is alinost incredible; since, according to the cal warriors who burnt Ziklag, and on whom David took culation of an intelligent traveller, he takes a quarter of signal vengeance, not one escaped the attack of the an hour to quench his enormous thirst, and to water a Israelitish monarch, save four hundred young men caravan of 1000 camels, at a small well, where one only who rode upon camels and fled.”—(1 Sam. xxx. 17.) can drink at a time, as sometimes unfortunately hap- There is a species of camel, called the dromedary, pens, would therefore require several days and nights, -, which is light and slenderly made, and which, on that à delay that must occasion the greatest vexation and account, has always been used in the East in preference danger to the unfortunate traveller in these inhospitable to all other animals when swiftness and despatch were climes. Nor is the immense quantity it is capable of required. Dr Shaw mentions a Sheik who rode upon imbibing at once, more wonderful than its capability a creature of this kind, and who diverted him and his of subsisting without it altogether for a considerable fellow-travellers, by ridin on to various parts of the length of time. A camel has been known to travel four
caravan, and passing them and repassing them every or five days without a drop of water; and when it is now and then; and Morgan, in his history of Algiers, considered that this endurance was displayed during a describes one which outran the fieetest horses that were fatiguing journey, and in a climate, the intense heats of brought to match it, and which was kept for purposes which speedily absorb every particle of moisture, the of state. The knowledge of this circumstance will satispower of sustaining such privation will appear not a little factorily account for the employment of dromedaries to astonishing. It is, however, a mistake which some na- carry the messengers of Esther to the most remote preturalists have fallen into, to suppose that these beasts | vinces of Persia, on an emergency which demanded the are exposed to such extremities of thirst with impunity, greatest expedition, being a matter of life and death to as many travellers of great experience assure us that, thousands. under a protracted want of water, the camels soon languish and die. Burnes relates a story of three soldiers,
CHRISTIAN TREASURY. who, in travelling over part of the desert, lost their way, and their supply of water failed. Two of their horses
The Gospel Scheme.Now, the Bible, as containing sunk amid the parching thirst. All their camels died many gracious communications from the divine goveriibut one ; and the unfortunate men, fearing that the other
ment to the children of men, is addressed to them as would die also, opened a vein of the surviving camel, guilty, condemned, and helpless by nature. It comes and obtained a little water from its stomach, on which
to us as a message of mercy from the God we have inthey subsisted till they reached a place of safety.
The sulted, assuring us, upon divine authority, that the Lord saine traveller relates that the Khan of Orunje, in Jesus Christ, “ the only begotten Son of God," gramarching over the desert, lost upwards of 2000 camels ciously undertook the redemption of sinners from both through the failure of water. The burden which a
the punishment and the enslaving power of sin. That, camel will carry amounts to 500 pounds weight, which
as “the Lord our righteousness and strength,” he has it will bear for ten, and sometimes fifteen hours in suc
made an adequate provision for recovering us from our cession; and the knowledge of this circumstance may
fallen condition, and securing our deliverance from the enable us to form some idea of the rich and splendid pre- he has fulfilled the violated law, in our nature and
wrath to come.
That, as Surety and Redeemer of man, sent which Hazael brought from the King of Syria to
stead,-made atonement with his blood for the guilt of + The plant called “ the camel's thorn" is not, as may be readily human offences, and " poured out his soul as an offersupported to be found in the desert, but rather in the more fertile ing for sin”–declaring on the cross, that he had “ finislio parts that it,
ed" the work of reconciliation—while, by his resurrec- | Highest, and sustaining every load, however burdention from the tomb, and his ascension into glory, he has some, because we recognise and trust on the wise hand afforded the surest evidence of his victory over death that lays it on; to have in exercise, the faith which and sin, and given us ample warrant for entrusting to carries us beyond the most fascinating scenes of the him the eternal interests of our souls. “ For when we world's pleasures as offering no allurement to us, and 4 were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the hope that transports us over the most humiliating the ungodly; for scarcely for a righteous man will one scenes of the world's distresses, as “ an affliction which die; yet, peradventure, for a good man some would is but for a moment; ” whatever be the bitter stream even dare to die; but God commendeth his love toward of cares and anxieties which the events of life send into us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for the soul, to have yet an under-current, which, springing us. That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so from religion, sets out to the ocean of eternal good, might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life and as it flows onwards, is purifying and sweetening by Jesus Christ our Lord.” With such discoveries and the whole tide of human ills and sorrows; whatever assurances of the divine regard and compassion towards be the eminences of the present possessions and enjoyour fallen race, we are warranted to approach the of- ments, to have still before us those heights of glory and fended Lord, as a reconciled and gracious Creator, | blessedness on which the light of the celestial sun is through the all-prevailing mediation and atonement of shining, and which, extending in immeasurable disthe Lord Jesus Christ. A robe of righteousness” tance, cherish the ardour of the aspiring soul, even for has been thus prepared, sufficient to conceal for ever the eternity; 0! to be thus spiritually minded, “is life, deformities of the vilest sinner-even the merits arising is peace,” is the lionour and happiness of our nature, from the voluntary and perfect obedience of the divine and both solves and dignifies the design of human life, Surety and Redeemer. Clad with this, as “ with the by rendering it the entrance and training for immorgarments of salvation," the sinner, without alarm, may tality.-Muir. appear at the bar of judgment, and, relying on the divine
Communion with God.- Why are we not more infaithfulness, plead for an inheritance with “ the saints timately acquainted with the benevolent duty of interin light.” This gracious provision of divine mercy is cession for others? and why are we not more sweetly in the sovereign gift of the Redeemer. Sinners, even
familiar with a throne of grace ? Communion with the chief, are affectionately invited in the Gospel to God, how ineffably delightful, how unspeakably honouravail themselves of the gracious boon, free of any price able' It is one of the most precious drops of heaven or recompense.
“ If we then believe in God, who rais-that bedews this dry and distant land, the lenient soother ed up Christ Jesus from the dead, and gave him glory,” of care, the mighty solace of immense distress. It and if, renouncing all dependence on any thing we ourselves can either suffer or perform, as constituting a joyments of life. O, what an import do these words
gives a rich zest to all the numerous blessings and enwarrantable ground of recommendation to the divine
convey, “Our fellowship is with the Father, and his regard, we confide exclusively and implicitly in what
Son Jesus Christ.”-FANNY WOODBURY. Christ, as Redeemer, hath done for sinners,—the righteousness which, as surety, he wrought out in our nature, They who " killed the Lord Jesus.”—They cried with shall be imputed to us. The meritorious efficacy of clamorous voices and unrelenting hearts, “ crucify him, his vicarious suffering shall be considered as ours.
We crucify him!” and “ with wicked hands,” they crucifishall be freed from the charge of guilt, relieved from the ed the Prince of Life and Lord of Glory, who was both yoke of legal bondage, and warranted, as by divine au- “ Lord and Christ.” They caused his head to be cirthority, to cherish hope and confidence towards God. cled with thorns, his hands and feet to be pierced with For the Scriptures assure us, that the Lord Jesus sub- nails, and his side with a spear. To the pain and igmitted to a course of human suffering unto death, as the nominy of the cross they added the sting of ingratitude, surety of his people ; that he endured the curse of the which entered more deeply than “ the iron into his broken law for them, and cancelled its claims against soul.” If the Roman Cæsar, who had waded to the them, as a covenant. And we further learn, as from heights of his ambition through the tears and blood of the Redeemer's own lips, that, “ as Moses lifted up the thousands, was moved with generous grief when he saw serpent in the wilderness," and the Israelites, who, in among his murderers the friend (Brutus) whom he had compliance with the divine command, looked at it in loved and honoured, and when he felt at his heart the all the various stages of their disease, were immediately point of a sharper weapon than even that of the deadly cured, “ even so was the Son of Man lifted up upon the steel;-Oh! What must He have felt who came not to cross, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, destroy men's lives, but to save them, when he beheld but have everlasting life.” “ He that believeth shall | “ his own,” whom he came to redeem, conspiring be saved; he that believeth not shall be condemned.” against a life which had been devoted to their best inHe that believeth on the Son hath life; and he that
terests? What must the King of Zion have felt when, believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath from the cross on Calvary, he saw Jerusalem, over of God abideth on him.” The provided benefit is thus whose doom he had lately shed tears of generous symconnected with the belief of the atonement by which it pathy and sorrow, pouring forth her idle crowds of cruel has been secured. While believing sinners, by the pro- scoffers to gaze on his agonizing frame, and, by fresh mise and oath of God, are encouraged, as “the heirs of insults, to wound his ingenuous mind ? What must he promise, to have strong consolation, having fed for re
have felt when he saw those who had heard his grafuge, to lay hold upon the hope set before us in the cious words, and seen his mighty works, who had Gospel; which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, mingled their glad voices with the hosannas of applaudboth sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that ing thousands, now swelling the raging floods of the within the veil; whither the forerunner is for us enter- ungodly, and joining in the bitter invectives which, like ed, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever, after the so many sharp arrows, were showered upon him from order of Melchizedec.”-SIME.
every side ?
_WIGHTMAN. On fellowship with Christ.-- To be one with the Son Hypocrisy.-- When Christ is in court, and Religion in of God in our predominant thoughts and affections and fashion, then the bypocrite will put on some fits of dilifeatures of character and sources of happiness, to have gence. O what will not a hypocritical Jehu do, when the heart elevated above the rounds of earthly drudgery there is a crown to be bad for following Christ and Reliby the feeling of connection with the realities of the gion: “O come, then, and see my Religion, and zeal for the beavenly state, to be performing every duty from reve- Lord of Hosts.” But bring Christ to the Hall of Caiaphas Tential and grateful regard for the authority of the then will he soon quit him, and scatter Religion -GRAY,
PARAPHRASE OF CANTICLES II. 1-5.
Minister of Bunkle.
Than Sharon's fragrant rose,
That in the valley grows.
The citron tree is seen,
He in my sight has been.
My weary soul to rest ;
And sweet was to my taste.
A costly feast he made ;
He over me did spread.
My fainting soul restore ;
The love to me he bore.
VERSES TO THE MEMORY OF A YOUNG LADY, WHO WAS CONFINED TO A SICKBED FOR MANY YEARS.
By Miss ANNA L. GILLESPIE.
Relieved from ling’ring years of pain,
Our earthly loss, thy heavenly gain.
From memory fade; thy fervent faith ;
To God, in sickness and in death.
And life appear'd so clear and bright,
Around thee prospects of delight.
The beam of morn; the falling eve;
The moonbeams on the welt'ring wave.
Of bills and vales, and woods and streams,
And woke devotion's holy themes.
Allur’d thee to the “ wild’red way,”
In sorrow's dark and cloudy day.”
Save kindred love, attach'd and dear :
The peace that cannot centre here.
Thro' Jordan's dark appalling tide :
And bade thee lay thy fears aside.
In all thy sickness made thy bed :
When pain and sickness bow'd thy head.
The term is past,--the trial o'er,
The ransom paid,--the prisoner free,
MISCELLANEOUS. An Infidel's Servant. The Abbé Barruel, in the account he gives of the closing scenes of Diderot's life, tells us that he had a Christian servant, to whom he had been kind, and who waited upon him in his last illness. This servant took a tender interest in the melancholy situation of his master, who was just about to leave this world, without preparation for another. Though a young man, he ventured one day, when he was engaged about his master's person, to remind him that he had a soul, and to admonish him in a respectful manner not to lose the last opportunity of attending to its welfare. Diderot heard him with attention, melted into tears, and thanked him. He even consented to allow the young man to introduce a clergyman, whom he would probably have continued to admit to his chamber, if his infidel friends would have suffered the minister to repeat his visits. Let us be encouraged to attempt good under the most unpromising circumstances, and, in our different stations, to remember we are commanded to labour for the welfare of those with whom we are connected.
Have you a Mother ?_Mr Abbott relates, in bis “ Mother at Home,” that, some time ago, a gentle. man in one of the most populous cities of America, was going to attend a seaman's meeting in the Mariner's Chapel. Directly opposite that place there was a Sailor's Boarding house. In the door-way sat a hardy weather. beaten sailor, with arms folded, and puffing a cigar, watching the people as they gradually assembled for worship. The gentleman walked up to him, and said, "Well, my friend, won't you go with us to Meeting ?"
No," said the sailor bluntly. The gentleman, who, from the appearance of the man, was prepared for a repulse, mildly replied, “ You look, my friend, as though you had seen hard days: have you a mother?" The sailor raised his head, looked earnestly in the gentleman's face, and made no reply. The gentleman, however, continued : “Suppose your mother were here now, what advice would she give you ?” The tears rushed into the eyes of the poor sailor; he tried for a moment to conceal them, but could not ; and hastily brushing them away with the back of his rough hand, rose and said, with a voice almost inarticulate through emotion, “ I'll go to the meeting." He crossed the street, entered the door of the chapel, and took his seat with the a3sembled congregation.
Lord Bacon. When the French ambassador visited the illustrious Bacon, in his illness, and found him in bed, with the curtains drawn, he addressed this fulsome compliment to him :-“ You are like the angels, of whom we hear and read much, but have not the pleasure of seeing them.” The reply was the sentiment of a philosopher, and language not unworthy of a Christian : _“If the complaisance of others compares me to an angel, my infirmities tell me I am a man."
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