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This simple sentence soothed with magic power
Which first accompanied that touching tale.
In those dark hours, the whisper, "Peace, be still,”
She listened faint and fainter grew each breath,
How soon and easily a little child
Acquainted grows with father, mother, sister,
H. M. W.
With day and night, with sunshine and with moonlight,
"Thus is it in my Father's house," thinks he,
And never wonders at the already done,
Easier to him seems life than A. B. C.
So willingly he sees funereal trains,
It grieves him not when, in pale harvest time,
Thus lives the child unbounded and immortal,
Thus let the man this holy bond of union
The dew drops tell us of serenest love;
The shade a flower casts, tells of holy light;
A child's glad laughter tells Heaven's happiness,
To learn of life, however humble, true,
And in the mind of God your life-day spend.
THE SINNER'S REFUGE.
[The following fine argument, in which the interlocutors are, Jesus, Justice, and the Sinner, was written more than two centuries ago, and is so well known, that we should apologize for reprinting it, were not its subject one of those which is always grateful to the renewed mind. It is an epitome of the Way of Salvation, told with much truth, feeling, and power; and, as such, ought to find its way to the hearts of all our young charge.]
JESUS. BRING forth the pris'ner, Justice!
Justice. Thy commands
Are done, just Judge: See, here the pris'ner stands.
JESUS. What has the pris'ner done? Say; what's the cause
Of his commitment?
Justice. He hath broke the laws
Of his too gracious GOD; conspir'd the death
Of that great Majesty who gave him breath;
JESUS. How know'st thou this?
Justice. E'en by his own confession:
His sins are crying; and they cry'd aloud;
They cry'd to heav'n, they cry'd to heav'n for blood.
JESUS. What say'st thou, sinner? Hast thou aught to plead
That sentence should not pass? Hold up thy head,
And show thy brazen, thy rebellious face!
Sinner. Ah me! I dare not: I'm too vile and base
Than my indictment styles me! Ah! if Thou
What flesh can stand? I have transgressed thy laws;
My merits plead thy vengeance, not my cause.
Justice. LORD, shall I strike the blow?
JESUS. Hold! Justice, stay!
Sinner, speak on; what hast thou more to say?
Sinner. Vile as I am, and of myself abhorr'd,
Justice. Thy fault's the greater,
LORD, shall I strike the blow?
JESUS. Hold! Justice, stay!
Speak, sinner: hast thou nothing else to say?
Sinner. Nothing but mercy, mercy, LORD;-my state Is miserably poor and desperate;
I quite renounce myself, the world, and flee,
From LORD to JESUS, from Thyself to Thee!
Justice. Cease thy vain hopes! my angry GoD has vow'd, Abused mercy must have blood for blood:
Shall I yet strike the blow?
JESUS. Stay! Justice, hold!
My bowels yearn, my fainting blood grows cold,
Justice. I cannot hold !
JESUS. Then turn thy thirsty blade
Into my sides: let there the wound be made.
Cheer up, dear soul! redeem thy life with mine:
My soul shall smart, my heart shall bleed for thine.
Sinner. O groundless deeps! O love beyond degree! Th' offended dies to set th' offender free.
LORD JESUS, take my spirit!
I trust thy love and merit;
Take home this wandering sheep,
For thou hast sought it:
This soul in safety keep,
For thou has bought it!
"LORD, WHAT IS MAN?"
[In the following verses, scripture proofs are adduced for every line.
Those on the left-hand of the page contain the doctrine; those on the right, the illustration of that doctrine by actual example. Our young friends will find it a profitable exercise to refer to the several texts.]
Is. ii. 22. Matt. MAN is a finite creature of an hour,
Ps. xc. 2. Rev. iv. 9.
Gen. iii. 19.
But God, the great I AM,-the Infinite.
1 Cor. xv. 47. We, form'd from dust, to dust shall soon return;
Ps.xlv.6. Heb. i. 12.
Is.xl. 29. Heb.
Job viii.9. Heb.
Prov. iii. 15.
But His unnumber'd years are ever new.
As He that power withdraws,—so sure we fall.
1 Cor. iii. 18. And write down all the wisdom of the world,
2 Chron. xvi.9. Heb. iv. 13. Is. xl. 17.
1 Cor. iii. 19. A single atom,-vanity itself.
vii. 11. Job.iv.18. Rev.. vii. 11.
Angels, those holy spirits round the throne,
Veil their resplendent faces with their wings; Matt. iv. 11. While they bow down to worship at His feet.
Ps. ciii. 20.
Jer. x. 7. Rev.
Is.vii.14. Rom. v. 8.
1 Chro. xvi. 31.
And shall not man adore his Maker too?
For whom he sent his Son to bleed and die?
2 Kings iv. 20.
1 Kings, iv. 29.
Is. vi. 2. Rev.
Is. vi. 3. Rev.
Phil. ii. 9, 10 Yes; could all heav'n and earth conspire to form Rev. v. 13.
Ps. cxlv. 21.
1 Peter,iv. 11. One chorus of eternal praise,-their songs
Ps. cvi. 2.
2 Cor, ix. 15.
Would be too feeble to express his love.
Is. xi. 4, Rev. Altho' the highest heaven is his throne,
Nah. i. 5. 2 Pet. iii. 10.
Isa. lvii. 15.
And the wide universe at his control,
Matt.xviii.20. A meaner throne he loves to form below;
Is. lxvi. 2.
Mic. vi. 8.
It is within the contrite sinner's heart,
1 Pet. v. 5, 6. Who humbly feels his own unworthiness,
Prov. xiv. 26.
Acts iv. 12. And flies for refuge to the Lord alone.
Job xxxvii.3-6( Then, should the lightnings dart, and thunders Į
2 Pet. iii. 10.
Joel ii, 1-11. While sinners stand, and tremble at the sound,
Is. xlvi. 1--5.
Heb. xiii. 6. Those who confide in God, need nothing fear.
xii. 7. 'Tis but their Father speaks; they know his voice,Act. xxvii.21-25 Ps. xxiv. 3, 4. And following him,they soon shall reach that land Deut.i.36.Acts
Job xix. 26, 27.
1 John iii. 2. Where they will see their Jesus face to face,
Ps.xvi.11.Rev. And live, and reign, with him for evermore !
vii. 54-60. Gen.xxxii. 30. Lu, xvi. 23. Gen. v.24. Rev.