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With herbs and plants, a flow'ry birth,

The naked globe he crown'd,
Ere there was rain to bless the earth,

Or sun to warm the ground.
Then he adorn'd the upper skies:

Behold! the sun appears ;
The moon and stars in order rise,

To mark our months and years.
Out of the deep th' Almighty King

Did vital beings frame,
And painted fowls of every wing,

And fish of ev'ry name.
He
gave

the lion and the worm
At once their wondrous birth;
And grazing beasts of various form

Rose from the teeming earth.
Adam was formed of equal clay,

The sov’reign of the rest ;
Design'd for nobler ends than they,

With God's own image blest.
Thus glorious in the Maker's eye

The young creation stood;
He saw the building from on high,
His word pronounc'd it good.

Watts.

LESSON II.

wor

oro.

A CHILD'S HYMN FOR THE CLOSE OF THE WEEK. ac-cept, receive

capio. .

guar-di-an, watchful garder. e-ter-ni-ty, duration

a-dore', reverence; without end; for ever- æternitas. ship frame, state of mind fremman. an-gel, messenger angelos. em-ploy', use; spend employer. a-stray', out of the right ver-i-ty, truth; integ

way

a, stray. rity

veritas.
de-form', disfigure

forma. pro-claim', make known clamo. hum--ble, lowly; not proud humilis.

Before thy footstool, God of truth,

A humble child bows down,
To thank thee for the joys of youth,

And errors all to own. 1 “ For the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth.”Gen. ii. 5.

I know thou art the fountain-head

Whence all my blessings flow;
But all thy glory and thy good,

I dare not seek to know :
Whether thy way is on the wind,

The pathway of the storm ;
Or on the waste of waters wide,

Which rolling waves deform" :
But this I know, by flood or wild,

Thou seest me night and day ?,
And grievest o'er the wayward child

That goes from thee astray.
Through all this week thy kindly sway

Has round me been for good –
At task or play, by night or day,

In wilderness or wood.
And when I lay me down to sleep,

Thy guardian shield be spread 3 ;
And angel of thy presence keep

A watch around my bed.
O teach me to adore thy name,

For all thy love to me:
Thy guardian goodness to proclaim,

Thy truth and verity!
And through the darkness of the night

Watch o'er my thoughts that stray,
And lift mine eyes upon the light

Of a new Sabbath-day.
And in a holy frame employ

Thy day, due praise to give
To Him who wept that I might joy,

And died, that I might live 4 :

1 “ Who layeth the beams of his 3 “I will both lay me down in chambers in the waters; who maketh peace, and sleep; for thou, Lord, only the clouds his chariots; who walketh makest me dwell in safety.” – Pš. upon the wings of the wind.”- Ps. iv. 8. civ. 3. See also Ps. xviii, 10, &c. 4 “Who died for us, that we should

2 “ The eyes of the Lord are in live together with him.” — 1 Thes. every place, beholding the evil and the good.” - Prov. xv. 3.

v. 10.

Who rose again and went above,

That sinful ones, like me,
Might glory in redeeming love,

To all eternity
For all thy blessings show'r'd around

My kindred and my race,
I bless thee, Lord, but most of all

For riches of thy grace.
For peace of mind, and health of frame,

And joys — a mighty store,
Accept my thanks, and to thy name
Be glory evermore!

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Turn, O turn a pitying eye-
Hear our solemn litany!
By the sacred grief that wept
O'er the grave where Lazarus slept';
By the boding tears that flow'd 2
Over Salem's loved abode;
By the anguish'd words that told,
Treachery lurk’d within thy fold 3 ;
From thy seat above the sky,
Hear our solemn litany!
By thine hour of dire despair,
By thine agony of prayer 4,
By the cross, the nail, the thorn,
Piercing spear, and torturing scorn;
By the gloom that veil'd the skies 5,
O'er that dreadful sacrifice,
Listen to our humble cry,
Hear our solemn litany!
By the deep expirirg groan,
By the sad sepulchral stone,
By the vault whose dark abode
Held in vain the rising God?;
O! from earth to heaven restored
Mighty re-ascended Lord,
Listen, listen to the cry
Of our solemn litany!

Grant.

1 “ Jesus wept.”—John, xi. 35. 5 “ And there was darkness over

2 « And when he was come near, all the earth until the ninth hour.”_ he beheld the city, and wept over it.” Luke, xxiii. 44. Luke, xix. 41.

6 « And when Jesus had cried with 3 “ And as they did eat, he said, a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy Verily, I say unto you, that one of hands I commend my spirit ; and you shall betray me.” Matt. xxvi. having said thus, he gave up the 21. See also vers. 22, &c.

ghost.”—Luke, xxiii. 46. 4 « And being in an agony, he 7 “ Whom God hath raised up, prayed more earnestly; and his sweat having loosed the pains of death; bewas as it were great drops blood cause it was not possible that he falling down to the ground.” — Luke, should be holden of it.”-Acts, ii. 24. xxii. 44.

LESSON IV.

THE LAMENTATION OF DAVID OVER SAUL AND JONATHAN.

val-iant, brave

valeo. arms, weapons ex-cite', rouse up

cito. sal-cred, holy dire, dreadful

dirus. di-vide', separate tor'-rent, rolling like a

la-ment, mourn rapid stream

torreo. in'-crease, produce cym'-bal, a musical in

re-flect', throw back strument

kumbalon. de-voured', consumed pæ-ans, songs of triumph pæan. savl-age, cruel of'-fer-ings, sacrifices ob, fero. wan, did win

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2 SAMUEL, CA, I.
Thy beauty, Israel, is filed,

Sunk to the dead;
How are the valiant fall'n! the slain

Thy mountains stain
Oh! let it not in Gath be known,
Nor in the streets of Askelon ! 2
Lest that sad story should excite

Their dire delight!
Lest in the torrent of our woe,

Their pleasure flow :
Lest their triumphant daughters ring
Their cymbals, and their Pæans sing.
Yon hills of Gilboa", never may

You offerings pay:
No morning dew, nor fruitful showers,
Clothe

you

with flowers;
Saul and his arms there made a spoil,
As if untouch'd with sacred oil.
The bow of noble Jonathan

Great battles wan:
His arrows on the mighty fed,

With slaughter red.
Saul never raised his arm in vain,
His sword still glutted with the slain.

| Sauvage (Fr.), wild ; unculti- principal cities of the Philistines. See vated.

Geography of Palestine, p. 81. 2 Gath and Askelon, two of the 3 Geography of Palestine, p. 6.

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