Explain'd, illustrated, and search'd go well
The tender theme, on which they chose to dwell,
That, reaching home, “ The night," they said, " is near,
We must not now be parted, sojourn here.”.
The new acquaintance soon became a guest,
And, made so welcome at their simple feast,
He bless'd the bread, but vanish'd at the word,
And left them both exclaiming, “'Twas the Lord !
Did not our hearts feel all he deign'd to say ?
Did they not burn within us by the way ?”
Now theirs was converse, such as it behoves
Man to maintain, and such as God approves
Their views, indeed, were indistinct and dim,
But yet successful, being aim'd at him.
Christ and his character their only scope,
Their object, and their subject, and their hope,
They felt what it became them much to feel,
And, wanting him to loose the sacred zeal,
Found him as prompt, as their desire was true,
To spread the new-born glories in their view.



vaco. vireo.



THE DYING BOY. in/-fant, young

infans. va-cant, empty cham/-ber, room

verl-dant, green suml-moned, called

tomb, grave; a monuac-cusl-tomed, usual suetum.

ment over a grave be-stowed', gave

be, stow. sa'-vour-y, sweet-smellbe-quest', something left

ing by will

becwaethan. Ol-dours, perfumes suf-fo-cal-tion, the act

disl-cord, want of harof choking


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I knew a boy, whose infant feet had trod
Upon the blossoms of some seven springs,
And when the eighth came round, and called him out
To gambol in the sun, he turned away,
And sought his chainber, to lie down and die !
'Twas night, he summoned his accustomed friends,
And on this wise, bestowed his last bequest :

1 Accoutumer (Fr.), to accustom.

“ Mother! I'm dying now
There is deep suffocation in my breast,
As if some heavy hand my bosom prest;

And on my brow

“ I feel the cold sweat stand :
My lips grow dry and tremulous, and my breath
Comes feebly up. Oh! tell me, is this death?

Mother! your hand

“ Here-lay it on my wrist,
And place the other thus, beneath my head,

say, sweet mother !-- say, when I am dead,

Shall I be missed ?
“ Never beside your

Shall I kneel down again at night to pray,
Nor with the morning wake, and sing the lay

You taught to me!

- Oh, at the time of prayer, When


look round and see a vacant seat, You will not wait then for my coming feet

You'll miss me there!"

“ Father! I'm going home!
To the good home you speak of, that blest land
Where it is one bright summer always, and

Storms do not come.

“ I must be happy then,
From pain and death you say I shall be free
That sickness? never enters there, and we

Shall meet again!"

“ Brother !--the little spot I used to call my garden, where long hours We've stayed to watch the budding things and flowers,

Forget it not!

“ Plant there some box or pineSomething that lives in winter, and will be A verdant offering to my memory,

And call mine!” 1 " And the city had no need of 2 " And there shall be no more the sun, neither of the moon, to shine death, neither sorrow, nor crying; in it; for the glory of God did lighten neither shall there be any more pain." it, and the Lamb is the light thereof." Rev. xxi. 4. - Rev. xxi. 23.

“ Sister! my young rose tree-
That all the spring has been my pleasant care,
Just putting forth its leaves so green and fair,

I give to thee.

“ And when its roses bloom,
' I shall be gone away - my short life done!
But will you not bestow a single one

Upon my tomb ?”

Now, mother! sing the tune
You sang last night, I'm weary and must sleep!
Who was it called my name?- Nay, do not weep,

You'll all come soon!”
Morning spread over earth her rosy wings-
And that meek sufferer, cold and ivory pale,
Lay on his couch asleep!! The gentle air
Came through the open window, freighted with
The savoury odours of the early spring
He breathed it not! The laugh of passers by —
Jarred like a discord in some mournful tune,
But marréd not his slumbers - He was dead!

Mrs. Hemans.



Om-nip-o-tent, all

0/-dours, perfumes odor. powerful

omnis, potens. in-dig-na-tion, anger dignus. com-mand/-ed, ordered mando. plumes, wings pluma. can'o-py, covering over

re-pose', rest; quietthe head



angels, messengers angelos. glory

radius. tombs, sepulchres ; vist-i-ble, that can be


tumbos. seen

visum. sil-lent, calm ; without pre-pare', to make


sileo. ready

sphere, world

For thou wast born of woman?, thou didst come,
O Holiest! to this world of sin and gloom,

1 "When Stephen had said this he many bodies of the saints which slept fell asleep." - Acts, vii. 60. “ Those arose.” - Matt. xxvii. 52. who sleep in Jesus, will God bring

2 " When the fulness of the time was with him.” — 1 Thes. iv. 14. “ And come, God sent forth his Son, made

Not in thy dread omnipotent array;

And not by thunders strew'd

Was thy tempestuous road;
Nor indignation burnt before thee on thy way.

But thee, a soft and naked child,
Thy mother, undefiled,
In the rude manger laid to rest

From off her virgin breast.
The heavens were not commanded to prepare
A gorgeous canopy of golden air ;
Nor stoop'd their lamps th' enthroned fires on high ;

A single silent star 1

Came wandering from afar,
Gliding uncheck'd and calm along the liquid sky;

The eastern sages leading on,
As at a kingly throne,
To lay their gold and odours sweet ?

Before thy infant feet.
The earth and ocean were not hush'd to hear
Bright harmony from every starry sphere;
Nor at thy presence break the voice of song

From all the cherub choirs,

And seraph's burning lyres
Pour'd through host of heaven the charmed clouds

One angel troop the strain begano,
Of all the race of man,
By simple shepherds heard alone,

That soft hosanna's tone.
And when thou didst depart, no car of flame,
To bear thee hence, in lambent radiance came;
Nor visible angels mourn'd with drooping plumes :

Nor didst thou mount on high

From fatal Calvary
With all thine own outbursting from their tombs ;

of a woman, made under the law." - 3“ And suddenly there was with Gal. iv. 4.

the angel a multitude of the heavenly 1 “ And, lo, the star, which they host praising God, and saying, Glory saw in the east, went before them, tiil to God in the highest, and on eartă it came and stood over where the peace, good will toward men.”. young chill was.” - Matt. ii. 9. Luke, ii. 13, 14.

2 “ They presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”

Matt. ii. 11.

For thou didst bear away from earth
But one of human birth,
The dying felon by thy side, to be

In Paradise with thee. 1
Nor o'er thy cross did clouds of vengeance break;
A little while the conscious earth did shake 2
At that foul deed by her fierce children done;

A few dim hours of day,

The world in darkness layo,
Then bask'd in bright repose beneath the cloudless sun:

Whilst thou didst sleep beneath the tomb,
Consenting to thy doom,
Ere yet the white-robed Angel shone 4

Upon the sealed stone.
And when thou didst arise, thou didst not stand
With devastation in thy red right hand,
Plaguing the guilty city's murderous crew;

But thou didst haste to meet

Thy mother's coming feet,
And bear the words of peace unto the faithful few;

Then calmly, slowly didst thou rise 6
Into thy native skies.


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“ And Jesus said unto him, Ve- and sat upon it. His countenance rily I say unto thee, to-day shalt was like lightning, and his raiment thou be with me in Paradise."-Luke, white as snow. Matt. xxviii. 2, 3. xxiii. 43.

5 “ And as they thus spake, Jesus 2 " And the earth did quake, and himself stood in the midst of them, the rocks rent." - Matt. xxvii. 51. and said unto them, Peace be unto

3 “ And there was darkness over you.” – Luke, xxiv. 36.; see also all the earth until the ninth hour.". Mark, xvi. 14.; John, xx. 19—24. Luke, xxiii. 44.

6 “ While they beheld, he was 4 " For the angel of the Lord de- taken up; and a cloud received him scended from heaven, and came and out of their sight." - Acts, i. 9. rolled back the stone from the door,

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