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Hark! the golden harps are hymning,
Blessings, honour, to the Lamb,-
Heavenly choirs for ever singing
Praises to the Eternal King !
See those angel forms approach thee,
Cherubs bright of that fair land!
And she, who reached the goal before thee,
Leads on the little smiling band
With gentle mein and look of love,
And in her hand the wandering Dove !
Happy spirits ! early blest!
Rapturous hail the heavenly guest !
Now " the crown which fadeth not”
For ever rests on that fair brow.
A love divine which changeth not,
A Saviour's love has placed it there!
Cease, then, my heart, this wild pulsation,
And bow submissive to His will.
A tender Father's mild correction
Chastens—but He loves thee still !
And oh! when thy last pulse shall beat,
When pain and grief shall ever flee !
When parted, soon again to meet,
From those I love so tenderly !
When broken is the golden bowl,
And loosen'd is the silver cord,
Receive, oh Lord ! my trembling soul,
And guide me to that blissful world-
Through Him who is the Life, the Way,
The Lamb who shed His blood for me!
I heard a voice
Of silvery sweetness : it came on my ear
Like music—heavenly music-
For its tones were those which oft
Had soothed my infant grief ;
Or when greater trials came,
Whispered sweet words of consolation,
And told me of a Father's love,
And of a Saviour's sufferings.
A few short months have passed
But that voice is ever near,
And calms my troubled soul ;
Even now it gently spoke :-
“ Weep not for me !"
I turned and gazed-
That form, so loved, was there!
But oh, how changed ! how beautiful!
No longer pain and anguish seared
That angel-brow ;-
A grace celestial shed its halo
O’er that fair form, so lately bowed
With sickness ;-
Those eyes, from which now beamed
A heavenly radiance,
Still turned upon her sorrowing child
With tenderness unutterable :
Those lips—that voice-
Still spoke sweet words of comfort :-
- Weep not for me !"
The soul decays not; freed from earth
And earthly toils, it bursts away ;
Receiving a celestial birth,
And spurning off its bonds of clay,
It soars and seeks another sphere,
And blooms through Heaven's eternal year.
Now, trav'ler in the vale of tears!
To realms of everlasting light
Thro' Time's dark wilderness of years
Pursue thy flight.
There is a calm for those who weep,
A rest for weary pilgrims found;
And while the mould'ring ashes sleep
Low in the grave,
The soul, of origin divine,
God's glorious image freed from clay,
In heaven's eternal sphere shall shine
A star of day!
The sun is but a spark of fire,
A transient meteor in the sky;
The soul, immortal as its sire,
Shall never die !
Immortal! Ages past, yet nothing gone !
Morn without eve! a race without a goal ;
Unshorten’d by progression infinite !
Futurity for ever future! Life
Beginning still where computation ends !
Immortal! What can strike the sense so strong,
As this the soul ? It thunders to the thought ;
Reason amazes ; gratitude o'erwhelms ;
No more we slumber on the brink of fate;
Roused at the sound, th' exulting soul ascends,
And breathes her native air ; an air that feeds
Ambitions high, and fans ethereal fires ;
Quick kindles all that is divine within us,
Nor leaves one loit’ring thought beneath the stars !
Like the rivers, time is gliding ;
Brightest hours have no abiding ;
Use the golden moments well :
Life is wasting,
Death is hasting ;
Death consigns to heaven or hell.
Now to Him who lov'd us—gave us
Every pledge that love could give ;
Freely shed His blood to save us ;
Gave His life that we might live-
Be the kingdom-
And the glory evermore!
LVIII. THE PRINCIPAL PROPHECIES RELATING TO JESUS CHRIST IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, AND THEIR FUFILMENT, AS RECORDED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.*
1. THAT A Messiah SHOULD COME. Prophecy.—Gen. iii. 15-xii. 3—xxii. 18xxvi. 4-xxvii. 4– Psalm lxxii. 17—Isaiah xl. 5—Hag. ii. 7.
Fulfilment.-Gal. iv. 4-Rom. xvi. 20—1 John iii. 8-Luke ii. 10.
Prophecy.—Gen. xlix. 10_Hag. ii. 6-9—Dan. ix. 24, 25— Mal. iii. 1.
Fulfilment.—Luke ii. 1-5_iii. 1-4—Matt. ii. 1-10_iii. 5, 13 Mark xv. 43—Luke ii. 25, 38—John i. 19-45.
3. THAT THE MESSIAH SHOULD BE GOD AND MAN
Prophecy.—Psalm ii. 7-cx. 1—Isaiah ix. 6, 7-Mic. v. 2.