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And there hy viewless angels kept,
Samuel, the child, securely slept.

A voice unknown the stillness hroke,
** Samuel!" it call'd, and thrice it spoke;
He rose,—heask'd, whence came the word?
From Eli? no:—it was the Lord.

Thus early call'd to serve his God,
In paths of righteousness he trod;
Prophetic visions fired his hreast,
And. all the chosen trihes were hless'd.

Speak, Lord I and from our earliest days,
Incline our hearts to love thy ways;
Thy wakening voice hath reached our ear,
Speak, Lord, to us; thy servants hear.

And ye. who know the Saviour's love,
And richly all his mercies prove;
Your timely, friendly aid afford,
That we may early serve the Lord.

THE HARP OF DAVID. 1 'Ham. xvi. 23.

Oh! for the harp that David swept,
At whose divine entrancing sound,

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,
May grace annoint thine eye to see,

And on thy mind this truth impress,
The heart that instrument may he:

For never harp or lyre reveal'd,
Such music as the heart can yield.

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;
Renew'd hy grace, and tuned hy love,
Its harmony ascends ahove.

Oh ! then with melody it seems
To vihrate from each tremhling string;

Each kindling thought and feeling teems
With songs as sweet as seraphs sing;

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,
Bid the Prophet's form appear.
"Samuel, raise thy huried head!"
"King, hehold the phantom-seer!"

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

came. .

Saul saw, and fell to earth, as falls the oak
At once, and hlasted hy the thunder-stroke.

"Why is my sleep disquieted?
Who is he that calls the dead?
Is it thou, oh King 1 Behold,
Bloodless are these limhs, and cold:
Such are mine, and such shall he
Thine to-morrow, when with me:

Ere the coming day is done,
Such shalt thou he, such thy son,
Fare thee well, hat for a day;
Then we mix oar mouldering clay,
Thoa, thy race, lie pale and low,
Pierced hy shafts of many a how:
And the falehion hy thy side
To thy heart thy hand shall guide:
Crownless, hreathless, headless fall,
Son, and sire, the house of Sanl.''


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,



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


iJCingeW. II, IS.


By Judah's vales and Olive-glades,

Where Eastern fruits entwine;
Her howers of rose and palm-tree shades

Her fields of corn and wine;
Eliiah and Elisha pass'd,
And well they knew, it was the last,

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;
Then we discover hy the smart
How they entwined around the heart?

They went along, and oser their head,

High in the fields of air;
Appeared a heanteous cloud of red,
And fast against the hreeze it fled,

It seemed a Seraph fair;
One of those Spirits who assume,

The lurid flame in all its forms,
To guard, to punish, to consume,

To wield the lightuing-sword of storms.

To earth it came

That heanteous flame,
The friends who dearly lov'd it parted,

Its mantle round

The prophet wound,
Then hack to its own heaven it darted;
And oh! Elisha'a wilder'd eyes,
Followed his master to the skies,

As we to-day

Perceive the ray
Of glory, when a Christian dies!
Sweet parting this—hut not for us
To pass to those hright regions thus;

e most go through the cold dark-stream,

Mt Ah!—if Faith's celestial heam

Shine over, all will then he hright,
And we scarce need wish for the car of

> fair will the waters seeml



it us arrogant, and thus ahsurd,
/as he who then the Prophet heard;
Ve blame his language;—are not we
.s foolish and as proud as he?

L fountain is unseal'd to save,
If virtue passing Jordan's wave,
Jeyond Bethesda's healing spring,—
'hough ruffled hy an angel's wing.

There might we, in this gospel-day,
Wash all our leprosy away,
Cleanse from our spirits every stain,
And more than child-like whiteness gain.

But faith is low, and pride is high,
We view that fount with douhting eye,
And choose with proud and angry tone
Ahanas,—Pharpars of our own.

O Thon! whose love that fount unseal'd.
By which alone we can he heal'd,
Strengthen our faith, suhdue our pride,
Nor let our leprosy ahide.

As then hy Jordan's hallowed hrim,
The Leper's followers strove with him,
Beside thy holier fountain now
Our spirits in suhjection how.

Teach ns in in simple faith to prove,
The power of thy redeeming love;
That like the Syrian we may see,
And own there is no God like thee.

2 Kings xix. 35.

Th« Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,
And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold;
And the sheen of his spears was like stars on the sea,
When the hlue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee.

Like the leaves of the forest, when Summer is green,
That host with their hanners at sunset were seen:
Like the leaves of the forest when Autumn hath hlown,
That host on the morrow lay withered and strown.

For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the hlast,
And hreath'd in the face of the foe as he pass'd;
And the eyes of the sleepers wax'd deadly and chill,
And their hearts hut once heav'd, and for ever grew still.

And there lay the steed with his nostril all wide,
But thro' it there roll'd not the hreath of his pride;
And the foam of his gasping lay white on the turf,
And cold as the spray of the rock-heating surf.


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