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Next to Calvary and Gethsemane, there is no spot in Palestine so endeared to the Christian as Bethany: beneath the roof of Mary and her brother, how many thoughts and feelings are gathered, that shall live for ever. Amid the ruins of their home, if tradition has not erred, it is beautiful to rest awhile, and remember the past . Did these grey walls, this grass-grown floor, so often receive the Redeemer, when he paused from his toils, and sat amidst the circle he loved, and spoke of immortality and glory? And here the brother died, amidst the tears of his sisters, hoping to the last that their Lord would come and take the prey from death. Not far distant, on the slope of the hill, as he drew near the village, was the spot where Martha met him, and fell at his feet, "If thou hadst been here, my brother had not died:" and while he gazed on her sorrow, he uttered the words, the most memorable and sublime ever uttered to woman or to man,—" I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die." SYNAGOGUE OF THE JEWS AT JERUSALEM. Not the dragons and satyrs of the prophet, taking their rest amid the ruins of Babylon, could be a more humbling proof of the change that human glory, coupled with crime, must undergo—than the present condition of Israel in their ancient city. When met with in the streets and public places, they mostly present a picture of poverty and dejection, as well as recklessness of heart, veiled to every proof that their law and traditions are passed away for ever. In the interior of their dwellings, however, this subdued deportment is in a good measure laid aside; there is comfort, and often luxury, in their homes: and if the stranger is well introduced, he is sure of a kind reception in their families, whose women do not scruple to unveil their faces. Many of the Jewesses are remarkably handsome: they have the large dark eye, fair or clear complexion, and raven hair, which have been their characteristics in every land, ever since Hebrew beauty was celebrated in the times of the patriarchs and kings. The features of the men are less strongly marked than those of Europe with the distinguishing traits of the Jew, and are very often mildly and delicately moulded. One day, a handsome young man, in whose fair Grecian countenance it was difficult to discover any trace of the Israelite, besought me earnestly to buy some of the contents of his box, in which, amidst silks and spices, were stones from the Dead sea, and fragments of rock struck off from some of the famous spots around the city. His earnestness amused me much: it looked like the blending of both dispensations with the pleasant things for the senses: a true Hebrew, any thing to turn a penny; he would have sworn, for the sake of a few piastres, to the identity of every bit of stone in his collection. The part of Jerusalem in which the Synagogue is situated, is the most miserable in this silent city, where the stranger often loses his way in the winding and crooked lanes, for want of some land-mark to direct his steps. There is one mark, however, that

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