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Glanced through his thoughts, what deep and cureleis wound ' * Fate had already given.—Where, man of wo! 20 Where wretched father! is thy boy? Thou callest His name in vain :——he cannot answer thee.— '
Loudly the father called upon his child:— No voice replied. Trembling and anxiously He searched their couch of strawz—with headlong haste 25 Trod round his stinted‘limits, and, low bent, Groped darkling on the earthr—no child was there. Again he calledt—again, at farthest stretch Of his accursed fetters,——till the blood Seemed bursting from his ears, and from his eyes 30 Fire flashed—he strained with arih extended far, And fingers widely spread, greedy to touch Though but his idol’s gitrment. Useless toil! Yet still renewedz—sti und and round he goes, And strains, and snat _with dreadful cries 35 Ciills on his boy. 1V e es him now: He plants against th ll hi t;-—his chain Gritsps;—-tugs with giant‘stren th tofm'ce away The deep-driven staple;—yells and shrieks with rage. And, like a desert lion in the snare a 40 Raging to break his toils,-—t0 and fro bounds. But see! the ground is opening :—a blue light Mounts, gently waving,—noiseless:—thin and cold It seems, and like a rz‘tinbow tint, not flitme; But by its lustre, on the earth outstretched, 45 Behold the lifeless childl—his dress is singed, And o’er his face serene a darken’d line Points out the lightning’s track.
The father saw,—
he ground lifts like a séa:--he knows it not:—
he strdng walls grind and gZipez—the vaulted roof
It will be given. Look! how the rolling ground,
The huge pile sunk down at once
Into the opening earth. ( -- ) Walls—arches—roof—
can on, and swift,
2 Poor, foolish child‘! how pleased was I -
3 The people’s shouts were long and loud! '
My mother, shuddering, closed her ears;
“ Rejoice! rejoice!” still cried the crowd— My mother answered with her tears!
“ Oh! why do tears steal down your cheeks,”
is, Cried I, y“ while others shout for Joy!”
She kissed me, and in accents weak,
4*“ What is an orphan boy?” I said;
l Jesus—I my cross have taken,
2 Go, then, earthly fame and treasure——
Q Storms may howl, and clouds may gather—
3 Soul! then know thy full salvation—
Rise o’er sin, and fear, and care;
Joy to find in every station
Think, what spirit dwells within thee-
Think that Jesus died to save thee— , 5’
4 Haste thee on, from grace to glory, J
Armed by faith, and wing’d by prayer—
God’s own hand shall guide thee there.
Soon shall pass thy pilgrim-days,
Faith to sight, and prayer to praise.
I would not enter on my list of friends, (Though grac’d with polish’d manners and fine sense, Yet wanting sensibility,) the man Who needlessly sets foot upon a worm. 5 An inadvertent step may crush the snail, That crawls at evening in the public path; But he that has humanity, forewarn’d, Will tread aside, and let the reptile live. The creeping vermin, loathsome to the sight, ~ 10 And charg’d perhaps with venom, that intrudes A visiter unwelcome into scenes Sacred to neatness and repose, th’ alcove, The chamber, or refectory, may die.. A necessary act incurs no blame. 5» 15 Not so, when held within their profit“ bounds, And guiltless of offence they range the air, Or take their pastime in the spacious field.
There they are privileg’d. And he that hurts
The cardinal fact of Christianity, without which all her other facts lose their importance, is the resurrection,' from the dead, of a crucified Saviour, as the prelude, the pattern, and the pledge of the resurrection of his
5 followers to eternal life. Against this great fact the “children of disobedience,” have levelled their batteries. One assails its roof; ,another its reasonableness; all, its truth. When aul asserted it before an audience of Athenian philosoph s, “some mocked”-—a short
10 method of refuting the spel; and likely, from its convenience, to colinue in favor and in fashion.
Yet with such doctrines and factflid the religion of Jesus make her way through the world. Against the