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“I have been very jealous for thy cause, i TRANSLATION OF ELIJAH. Lord God of Hosts ! for men make void thy |
2 Kings ii. 11, 12. laws; Thy people have thrown down thine altars,
By Judah’s vales and Olive-glades, Thy prophets,-1, and I alone, remain;
Where Eastern fruits entwine; My life with reckless vengeance they pursue;
| Her bowers of rose and palm-tree shades And what can I against a nation do?”
Her fields of corn and wine;
And well they knew, it was the last, “ My day of vengeance is at hand; the 1
The last dear hour to friendship given, year
Before the fire-car and the blast, Of my redeemed quickly draweth near:
Should bear the prophet up to heaven. Go thou,--anoint two kings,-and, in thy |
place, A prophet to stand up before my face; | How fondly then Elisha hung Then he who 'scapes the Syrian's sword ! On all his aged master spoke! shall fall
How dear each word, that from his tongue, By his, whom to Samaria's throne I call; Like dying farewell broke! And he who 'scapes from Jebu in that day, Friendship’s a sun, that ever seems Him shall the judgments of Elisha slay Brightest, in its departing beams, Yet hath a remnant been reserved by me, And never to the fall we feel Seven thousand souls, who never bow'd the ! The depth, and warmth, and force of love, knee
Till death comes in, the gem to steal, To Baal's image, nor have kiss'd bis shrine:
And thuse so dear have pass'd above; These are my jewels, and they shall be | Then we discover by the smart . mine,
How they entwined around the heart? When to the world my righteousness is shown,
They went along, and o'er their head, And root and branch, idolatry o'erthrown."
High in the fields of air;
Appeared a beauteous cloud of red, “So be it, God of truth, yet why delay ? |
And fast against the breeze it fled, With thee a thousand years are as a day;
It seemed a SERAPH fair ; Ob! crown thy people's hopes, dispel their
| One of those Spirits who assume,
The lurid flame in all its forms, fears, And be to-day with thee a thousand years ; |
| To guard, to panish, to consume,
To wield the lightning-sword of storms. Cat short the evil, bring the blessed time; Avenge thine own elect, from clime to clime;
To earth it came Let not an idol in thy path be spared,
That beanteous flame, All share the fate which Baal long bath The friends who dearly lov'd it parted, shared!
Its mantle round Nor yet seven thousand only worship Thee,
The prophet woond, Make every tongue confess, bow every Then back to its own heaven it darted; knee;
And oh! ELISHA's wilder'd eyes, Now o'er the promis'd kingdoms reign thy Followed his master to the skies, Son;
As we to-day One Lord through all the earth,-his name
Perceive the ray be one!
Of glory, when a Christian dies ! Hast thon not spoken ?-Shall it not be Sweet parting this--but not for us done!”
To pass to those bright regions thus;
NAAMAN'S PRIDE AND FOLLY, &c.
e must go through the cold dark stream, , There might we, in this gospel-day, at- Ah!-if FAITH's celestial beam Wash all our leprosy away, Sbine over, all will then be bright, Cleanse from our spirits every stain, And we scarce need wish for the car of | And more than child-like whiteness gain.
But faith is low, and pride is high,
For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast,
And there lay the steed with his nostril all wide,
And there lay the rider distorted and pale,
And the widows of Ashur are loud in their wail,
VISION OF ELIPHAZ. | Thy safeguard, in danger that threatens tiy
| Thy joy, in the valley and shadow of death, BYRON. A SPIRIT pass'd before me: I beheld The face of immortality unveil'dDeep sleep came down on every eye save
BARTON. mineAnd there it stood-all formless--but divine : But how shall HE the GREAT SUPREME! Along my bones the creeping flesh did quake; | Of human knowledge be the theme? And as my damp hair stiffen'd, thus it Or man become acquainted spake:
With Him-the HOLY, JUST, and TRUE,
Ancient of Days-yet ever new, “ Is man more just than God? Is man more | Whose image unto mortal view pure
Can by no words be painted ?
Acting an humbler, happier part,
FEEL AFTER HJM, and FIND HI!
ACQUAINT THYSELF WITH GOD.
Job xxii. 21.
THE MESSIAH EXALTED.
Psalm ii. with God;
R. GRANT. And joy, like the sunshine, shall beam on thy road;
WHEREFORE do the heathen wage And peace, like the dew-drop, shall fall on War against tbe King of kings, thy head;
Whence the people's madd’ning rage And sleep, like an angel, shall visit thy bed. í Fraught with vain imaginings ?
Acquaint thee O mortal! acquaint thee with | Haughty chiefs and rulers proud,
Forth in banded fury rün, And he shall be with thee when fears are Braving, with defiance loud, abroad :
· God, and his anointed Son !
Our harps, that when with joy we sung,
Meanwbile our foes, who all conspired
By walls of height insuperable and vast,
Or touch our harps with skilful bands?
Shall hymns of joy to God our King Cisterns for rain, canals and living foun- Be sung by slaves in foreign lands?
tains Make glad the thirsting city ; but around, O Salem! our once happy seat! Barren and bare, and herbless are the When I of thee forgetful prove, mountains,
Let then my trembling hand forget And scarce a solitary flower is found The speaking strings with art to move. To blossom near; no sylvans sun-embrowned
If I to mention thee forbear, Shut out the sultry noon ; no valley shines Eternal silence seal my tongue; With lapse of lakes, nor falling waters Or if I sing one cheerful air, sound;
Till tby deliv'rance is my song.
THE CONQUEROR FROM EDOM AND BOZRAH.
Isaiah Ixiii. 1-5.