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'In that mansion used to be
Free-hearted hospitality;
Its great fires up the chimney roared;
The stranger feasted at its board ;
But like the skeletons at the feast,
That warning time-piece never ceased, -

For ever-never !
Never-for ever!

There groups of merry children played,
There youths and maidens dreaming strayed.
O precious hours! O golden prime !
And affluence of love and time!
Even as a miser counts his gold,
Those hours the ancient timepiece told,-

For ever-never !
Never-for ever!

From that chamber, clothed in white,
The bride came forth on her wedding night;
There, in that silent room below,
The dead lay in his shroud of snow !
And in the hush that followed the prayer,
Was heard the old clock on the stair,-

For ever-never !
Never—for ever!

All are scattered now, and fled,
Some are married, some are dead;
And when I ask with throbs of pain,
Ah! when shall they all meet again !
As in the days long since gone by ?
The ancient time-piece makes reply,

For ever-never !
Never-for ever!

Never here, for ever there,
Where all parting, pain, and care,
And death and time shall disappear, -
For ever there, but never here !
The horologe of eternity
Sayeth this incessantly,-

For ever-never !
Never-for ever!

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'Them that honour Me, I will honour.'—1 SAM. II. 30.

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IN the General Assembly of the Free

Church of Scotland, June, 1, 1855, Dr.
M'Kenzie of Birmingham, as one of the

commissioners from the Synod of the Presbyterian Church in England, spoke as follows: While many of the Disruption elders have been taken away from the Free Church, their sister church in England had likewise to utter her lamentation for that stanch friend of Presbyterianism and of missions, James Nisbet of London-a man who, on the memorable day of the Disruption, stood up in his place in that house, and, with a tearful eye and a grateful heart, tabled his thousand pounds, in testimony of his love for them, and of his admiration of the grace then granted them. All these bereavements are fitted to humble the one church and the other, and constrain them right

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heartily and unitedly to say: "Help, Lord, for the godly man ceaseth, for the faithful fail from among the children of men.”'

The moderator, Dr. Henderson, of Glasgow, in returning thanks to the deputation, made special reference to the same bereavement : 'I cannot conclude without referring to an event which my friend Dr. M'Kenzie made allusion to the removal of a beloved friend and townsman of my own ; but of whom I speak here, not so much as my friend, but as the friend of our church and your church,—the late Mr. James Nisbet, who, as you have reminded us, stood on that step on the first night of the Disruption Assembly, and with a gushing heart and tearful eye, laid on the table, or rather put into the hands of Dr. Chalmers, his munificent offering. That event has not passed from our memory. The man will live long in the remembrance of those who knew him. He was a man, in some respects peculiar ; a man of strong feelings, of strong prejudices, and of strong affections. He had a most intense love of presbytery, and yet

he had a heart which took into the embrace of its affections every man whom he recognised as a brother in Christ, whatever his denomination. Many are the servants of God who had experience of his Christian hospitality. He received many a righteous man as a righteous man.

He received many a prophet in the name of a prophet ; and I believe that

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17. He has left behind him a splendid name, and though now he be the foremost to sing, as he was on earth, “ To Thy name be all the glory," yet doubtless his loving Lord and Master has vouchsafed him his fitting and full reward.'-A. T.

18. •The remembrance of his friendship and affection for myself for more than twenty years

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very pleasant, and will remain so while I live. The last thing I heard him do was, in the name of the session, to thank Mr. Main for his ministrations amongst you during the month of August. He spoke like a man not only gratified by the preacher, but edified by the word, and overflowing with gratitude to God for the season of refreshing he had enjoyed.'— J. H.

19. ‘I, for my part, cannot realize to my mind London without my friend Nisbet. Ah! beloved friend, allow your tears to flow, and bless the Lord who has enabled that child of God to be not only esteemed and consistent in his faith, but also devoted to the service and honour of Jesus.'-C. M.

20. It was my privilege in early life to form acquaintance with Mr. Nisbet under his own hospitable roof, and whenever Providence brought us afterwards together, I always experienced the warmth and faithfulness of his Christian friendship. I never, to the latest day of my life, can forget the kindness which pressed me to make the same hospitable house my home, at a time when the Lord's chastening hand

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