Of one alone, 'mid this high revelry,
Of one alone we read, who “walk'd with God;'!
And while sin travellid o'er the world abroad,
Who chose the separate path of piety,
And so

“God took him,” for he did not die !!
O! incident of wondrous beauty, trod
On though it may be, like the unprized clod
By man's coarse foot, yet to the kindling eye
Of childhood most delightful. Never yet,
Amid the musings of that tender age,
Was there before the simple fancy set
One who could so their marvelling faith engage,
As that same Saint, of whom the whole they get
Is that he went to God, pure deathless sage!



Down rush the torrents from above; the deep 2
Opens in all its fountains, ceaseless, still
Ceaseless; - the muddy waters eddying fill
The valleys. High on every mound and steep,
In crowds, men, women, children, cattle, sheep,
Stand shivering with dismay, the horrible
Confusion eyeing; and, from hill to hill,
They shout in agony, or shriek, or weep
In vain !- the waters gain upon them, – lo!
The ark careering past, their hands they stretch
For help, and now you see some drowning wretch
Pursue the sacred vessel : but on wo
No pity must they have: so on they go.
Now all is one wide sea without'a beach.


! " And Enoch walked with God; . úp, and the windows of heaven were and he was not, for God took him." opened.” -Gen. vii. 11. -Gen. v, 24.

3“ And all the high hills, that 2 “ The same day were all the were under the whole heaven, were fountains of the great deep broken covered.” — Gen. vii. 19.



an-tarc-tic, south ; relat-, unti,

ing to the south pole ) arktos.

In-toll-er-a-ble, not to be borne

tolero. arch-an-gel, an angel of archos,

the highest rank -) angelos. ten'-ants, inhabitants teneo. con-tained', held

teneo. re-store', to give back restauro. in-cor-rup-ti-ble, not ca- in, con, pable of decay


hy-per-boy-re-an, north-huper, ern; arctic

-] boreas vague, unfixed; unsettled

vagor. parched, scorched

per, aresco.

The spirit shall return to Him,

That gave its heavenly spark :
Yet think not, Sun, it shall be dim,

When thou thyself art dark !
No! it shall live again, and shine
In bliss unknown to beams of thine,

By Him recall’d to breath,
Who captive led captivity!, -
Who robb’d the grave of victory,-
And took the sting from death.2



He comes ! He comes! the awful trump I hear!
The flaming sword's intolerable blaze
I see: He comes ! the archangel from above.
Arise, ye tenants of the silent grave,
Awake, ye incorruptible - arise :
From east to west, from the antarctic pole
To regions hyperborean, all ye sons,
Ye sons of Adam, and ye heirs of heaven,
Arise, ye tenants of the silent grave 3,
Awake, ye incorruptible-arise.

1 “ When he ascended up on high, 3 “ The hour is coming, in the he led captivity captive, and gave which all that are in the graves shall gifts unto men.” – Eph. iv. 8. ; see hear his voice, and shall come forth," Ps. Ixviii, 18.

&c. - John, v. 28. “ For this cor2 “ () death, where is thy sting? ruptible must put on incorruption.”— 0 grave, where is thy victory?”. 1 Cor. xv. 53. 1 Cor. xv. 55.

'Tis then, nor sooner, that the restless mind
Shall find itself a home; and, like the ark
Fix'd on the mountain's top, shall look aloft
O’er the vague passage of precarious life.

That day of wrath! that dreadful day!
When heaven and earth shall pass away',
What power shall be the sinner's stay,
How shall he meet the dreadful day?
When shrivelling, like a parched scroll,
The flaming heavens together roll? ;
When louder yet, and yet more dread,
Swells the high trump that wakes the dead.
Oh! on that day, that wrathful day,
When man to judgment wakes from clay,
Be THOU the trembling sinner's stay,
Though heaven and earth shall pass away.


Great God! what do I see and hear!

The end of things created!
The Judge of mankind doth appear

On clouds of glory seated!3
The trumpet sounds! the graves restore
The dead which they contained before!

Prepare, my soul, to meet him.
The dead in Christ shall first arise 4

At the last trumpet's sounding,
Caught up to meet him in the skies,

With joy their Lord surrounding.
No gloomy fears their souls dismay;
His presence sheds eternal day,
On those prepared to meet him.

Luther's Hymn. | “But the day of the Lord will 2 “ The heavens shall be rolled tocome as a thief in the night; in the gether as a scroll.”. Isa. xxxiv. 4. which the heavens shall pass away

3 “ Behold he cometh with clouds, with a great noise, and the elements and every eye shall see him,” &c. shall melt with fervent heat; the Rev. i. 7. See Matt. xxiv. 30. earth also, and the works that are 4 6 And the dead in Christ shall therein, shall be burned up." - rise first.” -1 Thes. iv. 16. Read 2 Pet. iïi. 10.

vers. 15, 16, 17.



u-ni-very--sal, the whole unus, verto. qua-ter-nion, four-fold quatuor. cho'ral, belonging to a

ex-ba-la’-tions, vapours halo. choir or band

chorus. me-lo-di-ous, musical melos, odè. sym'-pho-nies, sounds in

as-cend', go up

scando. harmony

phone. dis-perse', to scatter spargo. o'-ri-ent, rising, eastern orior. dis-pel', to drive away pello. mysl-tic, secret, obscure mystes. fountains, springs

fons. Prime, the dawn ; ciri-cle, surround; per-pet/-u-al, continual; aught, any thing; glide, move gently ; state'-ly, majestically ; skirts, the borders.

These are thy glorious works, Parent of good',
Almighty! Thine this universal frame,
Thus wondrous fair ; Thyself how wondrous then!
Unspeakable, who sit'st above these heavens
To us invisible, or dimly seen
In these thy lowest works ; yet these declare
Thy goodness beyond thought, and power divine.
Speak, ye who ? best can tell, ye sons of light,
Angels; for ye behold him, and with songs
And choral symphonies, day without night,
Circle his throne rejoicing ; ye in Heaven,
On Earth', join, all ye creatures, to extol
Him first, him last, him midst, and without end.
Fairest of stars, last in the train of night“,
If better thou belong not to the dawn,
Sure pledge of day, that crown'st the smiling morn
With thy bright circlet, praise him in thy sphere,
While day arises, that sweet hour of prime.

1 “ This hymn is an imitation, or heaven; on earth join, all ye crearather paraphrase of the 148th Psalm, tures,” &c. - Newton. and (of what is a paraphrase upon 3 Earth. By earth is here meant that) the canticle placed after the Te this lower world, in opposition to Deum in the Liturgy, 'O all ye works heaven. of the Lord, bless ye the Lord,” &c.- 4 “ The planet Venus, when she Newton.

rises before the sun, is called Phos2 “ Speak ye who,” &c. “ He is phorus, Lucifer, and Morning Star ; unspeakable, no creature can speak when she sets after the sun, is called worthily of Him as He is; but speak Hesperus, Vesper, and the Evening ye, who are best able, ye angels, ye in Star.” — Newton.


Thou Sun, of this great world both eye and soul,
Acknowledge him thy greater ; sound his praise
In thy eternal course , both when thou climb’st,
And when high noon hast gain'd, and when thou fallst. 2
Moon”, that now meet'st the orient Sun, now fly’st,
With the fix'd stars, fix'd in their orb that flies :
And ye five 4 other wandering fires that move
In mystic 5 dance not without song, resound
His praise, who out of darkness call’d up light.
Air, and ye elements, the eldest birth
Of Nature's womb, that in quaternion run
Perpetual circle, multiform; and mix
And nourish all things ; let


ceaseless change
Vary to our great Maker still new praise.
Ye mists and exhalations, that now rise
From hill or steaming lake, dusky, or gray,
Till the sun paint your fleecy skirts with gold,
In honour to the world's great Author rise ;
Whether to deck with clouds the uncolour'd sky
Or wet the thirsty earth with falling showers,
Rising or falling still advance his praise.
His praise, ye winds, that from four quarters blow,
Breathe soft or loud; and wave your tops, ye pines,
With every plant, in sign of worship wave.
Fountains, and ye that warble ?, as ye flow,
Melodious murmurs, warbling tune his praise.
Join voices, all ye living souls 8 : ye birds,
That singing up to heaven-gate ascend,
Bear on your wings and in your notes his praise.

i In thy eternal course. In thy gularity, and harmony of their mocontinuu course.

tions. 2 Fallst, settest.

6 In quaternion run, that is, “ That 3 Moon, &c. The construc‘ion is, in a four-fold mixture and combi“ Thou moon that now meetest and nation run a perpetual circle, one now fliest the orient sun, together element continually changing into with the fixed stars, and ye five other another.” wandering fires,” &c.

7 Warble, applied to any melo4 Five others, &c., i. e., Mercury, dious sound; as Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus.

“ the flowery brooks beneath, Wandering fires, in opposition to That wash thy hallow'd feet, and fired stars.

warbling flow." 5 Mystic dance, in allusion to the 8 Souls, other creatures besides music of the Spheres, which is understood to mean the proportion, re


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