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studied arrangement of the features, will do it half so well.
Looks and appearance are perhaps of inferior consequence to one sex, but they are of much to the other. With some, appearance is all in all. In that view, it is not easy to imagine the effect which the inward temper and character produce. Beauty becomes perfect ugliness, and inspires nothing but disgust, from the moment that the face begins to wear the traces of pride, contempt, envy, fury or insolence. On the other hand, be assured, that a very homely external may be impro. ved into perfect loveliness, by affability, gentleness, benevolence, compassion, and, above all, by a spirit of genuine piety, the parent of every grace. If there be a human being that really deserves the name of angel, a term, for the most part, most vilely prosti: uted, it is a sensible woman descending from the temple, or issuing from her closet, to enter with composedness, sweetness and satisfaction on the employments of her humble, but important station in human life.
It was through the disorder of a divided family, it was through the woe of an afflicted woman, it was amidst the corruptions of a degenerate church and a disjointed state, that God was pleased to raise up a prophet, a priest, a judge in Israel 10 stem the torrent, to restore the lost dignity of religion, to save a sinking nation. When events flow in an even channel, when the powers of nature produce their effect in au uniform tevor, a blind chance, an irresistible fate, or an unin. telligent arrangement receives the homage, which is due only to sovereign wisdom, and all-comprehensive beneficence. For this reason, God sometimes permits the great machine as it were to stand still, that men may observe by what hand it is stopt, and by what band it is put in motion again.
Isaac, Jacoh, Samson, Samuel, four of the most eminent among the types of the great Restorer of fallen man, were introduced into the world, through tbe ago
nies of desponding nature, through the exercise of undaunted faith, and the unwearied importunity of prayer and supplication. They were the successive lights of the world, each in his day; and having every one fulfilled bis day, were successively extinguished. The great Light of the world bas arisen, the stars disappear, ile shadows are tied away. Patriarchs and prophets bring their glory, and lay it at his feet, a voice from leaven proclaims, “ This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, hear Him.”
..... Let not the apparently declining state of any interest preach despair ; for every evil has its remedy, except despair. That cause must perish, which all agree to give up as lost; a dying cause may revive and tlourish by the wisdom and honest exertions of one man. Impaired health often issues in death, embarrased circumstances in bankruptcy, an irregular life in irretrievable perdition; because the patient, the debtor, the sinner gave himself up too hastily, and was lost through fear of being lost. Wbile there is « balm in Gilead, and a physician there," no wound, bowever grievous, is incurable. While there is friendship, while there is compassion on earth, bonest distress will find sympathy and relief. While the throne of grace is accessible, there is hope « for the chief of sinners.”
And if no cause of man be desperate, who shall dare to despair of the cause of God and truth? Belold, in a posterior period of this sacred history, Esther ili. 8..... 15. the ulter extirpation of the posterity of Abraham determined, and the plans vt Providence thre:tened, ofcourse, with defeat and disappointment. Behold the bloody warrant signed, and“ sealed with thering" of Ahasuerus, and thereby rendered irreversible. Behold the vengeful Harnan, like the exterminating an. gel, with his sword drawn in bis band, ready to fall upon bis prey. Wbat can save a devoted people from destruction ? One obscure Jew; one not admitted to the king's councils, but who sat unregarded in the
king's gate. He feels as a citizen and a man, he laments the impending duom of his country as a citizen and a man; but he likewise acts, and exerts himself like a citize'n and a man, and leaves the issue to Him, in whose hand are the hearts of kings....and it prospered. The remonstrance of Mordecai with the queen, at this awful crisis, is a master-piece of intrepidity, pi. ety and good sense, and furnishes an useful example for the conduct of both public and private life. “ Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether boldest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place, but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed : and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther iv. 13, 14. The Roman consul, whose rashness lost the battle of Cannæ, and endangered the existence of the state, received the thanks of the senate, “because he had not despaired of the commonwealth.” The gallant prince of Orange, afterwards William III. of England, when ur. ged to submit to the victorious arms of France, which were ravaging the United Provinces, and when the ruin of the republic seemed inevitable, nobly replied, “ Tuere is one way to secure me from the sight of my country's destruction; I will die in the last ditch.” Flis resolution prevailed, and his country was saved from the yoke of the invader. And if confidence in a okillul, brave and fortunate commander, can carry a banulul to victory through myriads of foes, what has the christian to fear, let difficulties and dangers be ever so many, ever so great, while conscious he is engaged in a good cause, and that he is following “ the Captain of Salvation ?"
We proceed to view the character and behavior of Hannah in the hour of success and prosperity, blesVOL. III.
sed with the answer of prayer, and exulting in the enjoyment of ibe purest delights, and in performing the most important duties of life and religion....May our meditation on these things be sweet and profita. ble! Amen.
And they arose up in the morning early, and worshipped
before the Lord, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah; and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. Wherefore it came to puss, when the time was come about, after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord. And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer unto the Lord the yearly sacrifice, and his vow. But Hannah went not up : for she said unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the Lord, and there abide forever. And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth thee good ; tarry until thou have weaned him; only the Lord es. tablish his word. So the woman abode, and gave her son suck until she weaned him.... 1 SAMUEL I. 19.... 23.
THE "HE birth of a child is an event of much impor
tance to those who are immediately concerned in it, and of much importance to the world. It is natural for a man to wish that his family should be built up, , and his name transmitted. Every child is an accession to national strength, is one more added to the number of rational, immortal beings, is a new display of the great Creator's power, wisdom and goodness. There