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And there hy viewless angels kept,
A voice unknown the stillness hroke,
Thus early call'd to serve his God,
Speak, Lord I and from our earliest days,
And ye. who know the Saviour's love,
THE HARP OF DAVID. 1 'Ham. xvi. 23.
Oh! for the harp that David swept,
The evil spirit distance kept,
While holier visions hover'd round:
Oh, for such harp, in these our days,
To speak a God's, a Saviour's praise.
Then, e'en on earth might song oot-pour Tha,t sweet, that full, triumphant strain,
Whose grateful notes should heaven-ward soar, And there a gracious audience gain;
While here helow its hallow'd power
Should aid devotion's happiest hour.
Christian, wouldst thou such harp possess,
And on thy mind this truth impress,
For never harp or lyre reveal'd,
Not in its uuregenerate state,
Canst thou expect those strains to hear; By sin unstrung, its accents grate
In discord on a heaven-tuuch'd ear;
Oh ! then with melody it seems
Each kindling thought and feeling teems
And music, art could never frame,
Is hreathed to its Redeemer's Name.
SAUL. 1 Sam, xxviii. 12—10.
Thou whose spell can raise the dead,
Earth yawned; he stood the centre of a
cloud: Light changed its hue, retiring from his
shroud: Death stood all glassy in his fixed eye; His hand was withered, and his veius were
dry; His foot in hony whiteness, glittered there, Shrunken and sinewless, and ghastly hare; From lips that moved not, and uDhreathing
frame, Like caverned winds, the hollow accents
Saul saw, and fell to earth, as falls the oak
"Why is my sleep disquieted?
Ere the coming day is done,
ELIJAH ON MOUNT CARMEL.
1 Kings xviii. 41, 45.
Thus when Elijah mark'd from C arm el's
hrow In hright expanse the hriny flood helow; RoII'd his red eyes amid the scorching air, Smote his firm hreast, and hreathed his
ardent prayer; High in the midst a massy altar stood, And slanghter'd offerings press'd the piles of
wood; While Israel's chief the sacred hill sarround, And famish'd armies crowd the dusty ground; While proud Idolatry was leagued with
dearth, And wither'd famine swept the desert
earth,— "Oh! Mighty Lord! thy wo-worn servant
hear, Who calls thy name in agony of prayer; Thy fanes dishonour'd, and thy prophets
slain, Lo! I alone survive of all thy train -' Oh, send from Heaven thy sacred fire,—and
poor O'er the parch'd land the salutary shower,— So shall thy priest thy erring flock, recal,— And speak in thunder, thou art Lord of
all."— He cried, and kneeling on the mountainsands, Stretch'd high in air his supplicating hands.
Descending flames the dusky shrine illume, Fire the wet wood, the sacred hull consume;
Wing'd from the sea the gathering mists
And floating waters darken all the skies;
The King with shifted reins his chariot sends,
And wide o'er earth the airy ilood descends;
With mingling cries dispersing hosts appland,
And shooting nations own the living God,
ELIJAH IN THE WILDERNESS, 1 Kings xix.
Thus prayed the prophet in the wilderness,
"God of my fathers, look on my distress;
My days are spent in vanity and strife;
Oh 1 that the Lord would please to take raylife I
Beneath the clods through this lone ▼alley spread,
Now might I join the generations dead."
Heaven deigned no answer to the marmuring prayer, Silence that thrill'd the hlood alone was
there; Down sank his weary limhs, slowheav'd his
hreath, And sleep fell on him with a weight like
death: Dreams, raised hy evil spirits, hover'd neae, Throng'd with strange thoughts, and images
of fear. The Ahominations of the Gentiles came;— Detested Chemosh, Moloch clad with flame, Ashtaroth, queen of heaven, with moony
crest, And Bual, son-like, high ahove the rest, Glared on him, gnash'd their teeth, then sped
away, Like ravening vultures to their carrion-prey; Where every grove grew darker with their
rites, And hlood ran reeking down the mountaio
heiehta. But to the living God, throughout the land, He saw no altar hlaze, no temple stand; Jerusalem was dust, and Zion's Hill, Like Tophefs valley, desolate and stilL
rhe prophet drew one deep despairing groan, Vnd his heart died within him like a stone.
An angel's touch the dire enhancement hroke, 'Arise and eat, Elijah!"—He awoke, And found a tahle in the desert spread, With water in the cruise heside his head; He hless'd the Lord who turn'd away his
prayer, And feasted on the strength-reviving fare; Then sweeter slumher o'er his senses stole, And sunk, like life new-hreathed, into his
soul. A dream hrought David's city to his sight; S hepherds were watching o'er their flocks hy
night; Around them uncreated splendour hlazed, And heavenly hosts their hallelujahs raised: A theme, unknown since Sin to Death gave
hirth, "Glory to God, good-will and peace on
earth," They sung; his heart responded to the strain, But memory sought to keep the words in
vain. The vision changed.-Amid the gloom serene, One star ahove all other stars was seen: It had a light, a motion of its own, And o'er a lowly shed in Bethlehem shone: He look'd, and lo! an infant, newly horn, That seemed cast out to poverty and scorn; Yet, Gentile kings its advent came to greet, Worshipp'd, and laid their treasures at his
feet. Musing what this mysterious hahe might he, He saw a sufferer stretch'd upon a tree! Yet while the victim died hy man ahhorr'd, Creation's agonies confess'd him Lord.
Again the angel smote the slumherer's side; "Arise and eat; thy journey's long and
wide." He rose and ate ; then, with unfailing force, Through forty days and nights, upheld his
course. Horeh, the mount of God, he reach'd and lay Within a cavern till the cool of day.
"What dost thoa, here, Elijah 1"— Like the tide, Brake that deep voice through silence :—he
"1 have heen very jealous for thy cause, Lord God of Hosts! for men make void thy
laws: Thy people have thrown down thine altars,
slain Thy prophets,—I, and 1 alone, remain: My life with reckless vengeance they pursue; And what can I against a nation do?"
"Stand on the mount hefore the Lord, and know, That wrath or mercy at my will I show." —Anon the Power that holds the winds lets
Their devastating armies through the sky: Then shook the wilderness, the rocks were
rent, As when Jehovah how'd the firmament, And tremhling Israel, while he gave the law, Beheld his symhols, hat no likeness saw: The storm retired, nor left a trace hehind; The Lord pass'd hy—He came not with the
wind. —Beneath the prophet's feet, the shuddering
ground Clave, and disclosed a precipice profound, Like that which open'd to the gates of hell, When Korah, Dathan, and Ahiram fell; Again the Lord pass'd hy, hut uureveal'd; He came not with the earthquake:—all was
sea I'd. —A new amazement! vale and mountain
turn'd Red as the hattle-field with hlood: then
hurn'd Up to the stars, as terrihle a flame As shall devour this universal frame. Elijah watch'd it kindle, spread, expire: The Lord pass'd hy,—He came not with the
fire. —A still small whisper melted on his ear; He wrapt his mantle round his face with
fear; Darkness that might he felt, involved him;
—dumh With expectation of a voice to come. He stood upon the threshold of the cave, Like one, long Jdead, new-risen from the
grave In the last judgment.—Came the voice and
cried, ,, What dost thou here, Elijah!" He replied, "I have heen very jealous for thy canse, Lord God of Hosts! for men make void thy
laws; Thy people have thrown down thine altars,
slain Thy prophets,—I, and I alone, remain; My life with reckless vengeance they pursue; And what can I against a nation do?"
s' My day of vengeance is at hand; the
year Of my redeemed quickly draweth near: Go thou,—anoint two kings,—and, in thy
place, A prophet to stand op hefore my face; Then he who 'scapes the Syrian's sword
shall fall By his, whom to Samaria's throne I call; And he who 'scapes from Jehu in that day, Him shall the judgments of Elisha slay. Yet hath a remnant heen reserved hy me, Seven thousand souls, who never how'd the
knee I'o Bual's image, nor have kiss'd his shrine: These are my jewels, and they shall he
mine, When to the world my righteousuess is
shown, And root and hranch, idolatry o'erthrown."
"So he it, God of truth, yet why delay? With thee a thousand years are as a day; Oh! crown thy people's hopes, dispel their
fears, And he today with thee a thousand years; Cut short the evil, hring the hlessed time; Avenge thine own elect, from clime to
clime; Let not an idol in thy path he spared, All share the fate which Bual long hath
shared! Nor yet seven thousand only worship Thee, Make every tongue confess, how every
knee; Now o'er the promis'd kingdoms reign thy
Son; One Lord through all the earth,—his name
he one! Hast thon not spoken?—Shall it not he
TRANSLATION OP ELIJAH.
By Judah's vales and Olive-glades,
Where Eastern fruits entwine;
Her fields of corn and wine;
The last dear hour to friendship given, Before the fire-car and the hlast,
Should hear the prophet up to heaven,
How fondly then Elisha hung
On all his aged master spoke! How dear each word, that from his tongue,
Like dying farewell hroke! Friendship's a sun, that ever seems Brightest, in its departing heams, And never to the full we feel
The depth, and warmth, and force of love, Till death comes in, the gem to steal,
And those so dear have pass'd ahove;
They went along, and oser their head,
High in the fields of air;
It seemed a Seraph fair;
The lurid flame in all its forms,
To wield the lightuing-sword of storms.
To earth it came
That heanteous flame,
Its mantle round
The prophet wound,
As we to-day
Perceive the ray
e most go through the cold dark-stream,
Mt Ah!—if Faith's celestial heam
Shine over, all will then he hright,
NAAMAN'S PRIDE AND FOLLY. 2 Kings v. 12.
it us arrogant, and thus ahsurd,
L fountain is unseal'd to save,
There might we, in this gospel-day,
But faith is low, and pride is high,
O Thon! whose love that fount unseal'd.
As then hy Jordan's hallowed hrim,
Teach ns in in simple faith to prove,
THE DESTRUCTION OF SENNACHERIB.
Th« Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,
Like the leaves of the forest, when Summer is green,
For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the hlast,
And there lay the steed with his nostril all wide,