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Thy constant beam sheds mournful light,
Though all forsake, thou still art true :
So, 'mid affliction's gloomy night,
Affection's steady light we view.

The mighty ocean's liquid breast,
Rejoicing in thy cheering smile,
Heaves with delight each foaming crest,
Then sinks to calm repose awhile:
Now laughing, bounding, starts again,
To giant vigor in its play;

Reflects thy many-colored beam,
Still dancing o'er the watery way.

But, lovely Moon, thy work is done;
See, from the portals of the east,
The brighter, nobler, mightier Sun,
Ardent to enter on his race,
Already mounts his golden car,
While his first, rising, quivering beam
Just gilds the cloud that rolls afar,
Bright herald of his brighter reign.

Faint shadowing forth of that blest hour,
When on the soul, deep sunk in night
Of nature's darkness-Satan's power,
The Gospel Sun sheds heavenly light;
Still fainter type of that dread day,
When, like the distant thunder's roar,
His chariot wheels shall speed their way,
Who comes to reign from shore to shore.

S. S. E.


PEACE be with thee-little stranger,
Gently would I press thy cheek;
And secure thee from all danger,
Helpless, innocent, and weak.

If a tender mother's blessing
May be ratified above,

Thou wilt, every grace possessing,
Early own a Saviour's love.

If a father's supplication
May ascend the mercy-seat,
Where the saints in adoration
Fall before Jehovah's feet,

Softly through life's ocean gliding,
Angels shall conduct thy bark:
Peaceful in thy God confiding,
Like the patriarch in the ark.

And when hoary age o'ertaking,
Hastes thee to the port of rest;
Salvation's haven safely making,
Mayst thou triumph with the blest.

Thou hast sisters, kind and tender,
Who will lead thee on thy way;
Brothers, who support shall render,
Lest thy youthful feet should stray.

Favored thus, O gentle infant,
May thy life a blessing prove;
Every good on thee attendant
Crown thy days with peace and love.

And when hoary age o'ertaking,
Hastes thee to the port of rest;
Salvation's haven safely making,
Mayst thou triumph with the blest.


YIELD me not over to Despair,
Whatever fears are mine,
However great may be my care,
'Let Hope's bright signal shine!
If but one solitary ray,

It beams with trembling light;
'Twill radiate to meridian day
Triumphant o'er the night!


T. M. B.

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Evangelical Miscellany.

MARCH, 1832.


"First unadorned

And nobly plain, the manly Doric rose,
Th' Ionic then, with decent matron grace,
Her airy pillar heav'd, luxuriant last,

The rich Corinthian spread her wanton wreath,
The whole so measured, true, so lessened off
By fine proportion that the marble pile,
Formed to repel the still or stormy waste,
Of rolling ages, light as fabrics looked,

That from the magic wand aerial rise.
These were the wonders that illumin'd Greece
From end to end."


ARCHITECTURE, that is to say classical architecture, is generally divided into certain modes or systems, called orders, which are named from the countries whence they are supposed to have been derived, as the Tuscan, from Tuscany, the Doric, from Doria, the Ionic, from Ionia, the Corinthian, from Corinth, and the Composite, or Roman, from Rome; the preceding are five in number, yet three only are to be received as such in the Grecian style of architecture. The Tuscan is merely a variation

* Vitruvius, Elemes, Nicholson, &c.



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