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the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers, unto which promise our twelve tribes,instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope's fake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.
4. Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead? I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
5. Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut
in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I. gave my voice against them. And I punished them oft in every fynagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme ; and being exceedingly mad against them, I perfecuted them even unto strange cities.
6. Whereupon, as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, at mid-day, o king, I saw in the way a light from heaven,above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me, and them which journeyed with me.
7. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And I faid; Who art thou Lord; And he said I am Jesus, whom thou persecutest.
8. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of trcie ihings, which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee.
9. Delivering thee from the people, and from the te
unto whom now I send thee, to open their eyes, and to turn them from
darkness to light, and from the power of Satan Inh:ritance ? unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of fins, and inheritance among them who are sanctified by faith that is in me.
fan&ified? 10. Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision; but disobedient. Bewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of vision? Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should
repent and turn to God, and do works perved. meet for repentance.
11. For there causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me. caught. Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnelling both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Mofes did prophets? say should come.
12. That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that thould rise from the dead, and thould thew light unto the people, suffer? and to the Gentiles. And as he thus fpake for himself, Ferus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art belide thyfelf; much learning doch make thee mad,
13. But he said, I am not mad, most noble knoweth, Feftus ; but speak forth the words of truth and foberness. For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely. For I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden. hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.
14. King Agrippa, believest thou the proph. ets? I know that thou believest. Then A- believesta grippa said unto Paul, Almoft thou persuadelt me to be a Christian.
persuadeft. 15. And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as altogether. I am, except these bonds. And when he had
thus fpoken, the king rose up, and the gover nor, and Bernice, and they that fat with them.
16. And when they were gone afide, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doth nothing worthy of death, or of bonds. Then faid Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been fet at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Cæsar.
The beauty of the Northern Lights in Lapland.
HOUGH in this climate the earth Ilorrille.
is horrible, the heavens present
most beautiful prospects. The short days campensate?
are no sooner closed, than fires of a thousand
colours and figures light up the sky, as if al fence. designed to compensate for the absence of the
fun in this season. luminous ? 2. These fire's have not here, as in the
more southerly climates, any constant fitueshemisphere? tion. Tho a luminous arch is often seen fixed
towards the north, they seem more frequently
to possess the whole extent of the hensisphere. sxtremities? 3. Sometimes they begin in the form of
a great scarf of bright light, with its extrem. borizon? ities
upon the horizon, which with a motion
resembling that of a fishing net, glides swiftmeridian ?
ly up the sky, preserving in this motion a
direction nearly perpendicular to the meridi. preludes? an; and most commonly after those preludes,
all the lights unite at the zenith, and form zenith?
the top of a kind of crown.
4. Arcs, like those seen in France torrards fummits?
the north, are here frequently situated to. wards the fouth, and often towards both the north and south, at once.
Their summits approach each other, and the distance of
their extremities widens towards the horizon. opposite? 5. I have seen some of the opposite arcs,
whose fummits almost join at the zenith ; and
both the one and the other have frequently Concentric ? several concentric arcs beyond it. Their tops are all placed in the direction of the meridian, tho with a little declination to the west, declination which I did not find to be constant, and which is sometimes sensible.
6. It would be endless to mention all the meteors ? different figures these meteors assume, and the various motions with which they are agitated. Their motion is most commonly afume ? like that of a pair of colours, waved in the air, and the different tints of their light give them the appearance of so many valt stream- agitated? ers of changeable taffeta. Sometimes they line a part of the sky with scarlet.
7. On the eighteenth of December, I saw phænomenon? a phænomenon of this kind, that in the midst of all the wonders to which I was now every day accustomed, raised my admiration. To corftellation? the south a great space of the sky appeared tinged with lo lively a red, that the whole eonstellation of Orion looked as if it had dipped. been dipped in blood.
8. This light, which was at first fixed, foon moved, and changing into other colours, dome? violet and blue, settled into a dome, whose top stood a little to the south-west of the zenith. The moon thone bright, but did not efface? in the leaft efface it.
9. In this country, where there are lights of so many different colours, I never saw but presages ? two that were red; and such are taken for presages of some great misfortune.
10. After all, when people gaze at these fiery. phænomena with an unphilofophic eye, it is not surprising if they discover in them armies engaged, fiery chariots, and a thousand prodigies ? other prodigies.
Of the Periods and Uses of Human Life.
eye of the morning to the lark,
as the shade of the evening to the owl, as honey to the bee, or as the carcafe to. the vulture ; even fuch is life unto the heart of man.
Tho bright, it dazzleth not; tho obscure, it displeaseth not ; tho sweet, it cloyeth vot ; tho corrupt, it forbiddeth not ; yet who is he that knoweth its true value.
2. Learn to esteem life as it ought; then art thou near the pinnacle of wisdom. Think not with the fool, ihat nothing is more valuable ; nor believe with the pretended wise, that thou oughtest to contemn it.
Love it not for itself, but for the good it may be of to others. Gold cannot buy it for thee, neither can mines of diamonds purchase back the moment thou hast now loft of it. Employ the succeeding ones in virtue.
3. Say not, that it were best not to have been born ; or, if born, that it had been best to die early. Neither dare thou to ask of thy Creator, where had been the evil, had I not existed ? Good is in thy power ; the want of good is evil ; and, if thy question be juít, lo ! it condemneth thee.
4 Would the fish swallow the bait, if he knew the hook was hidden therein? would the lion enter the toils, if he knew they were prepared for him ? So neither, were the soul to perish with this clay,would man with to live; neither would a merciful God have created him: Know hence thou shalt live afterward.
5. As the bird inclosed in the cage before he feeth it, yet teareth not his flesh against its fides; fo neither labour thou vainly to run