of Paul, signifying worker ; indicating that as he was a chosen vessel to bear the name of Christ to the gentiles, he should labour more abundantly in preaching the faith which once he destroyed. St. Paul was beheaded in the year 67, in the reign of the

emperor Nero.

Bishop Sparrow observes, “whereas other saints' martyrdoms, or at least the days of their death, are celebrated by our holy church, St. Paul's conversion is made the holy-day. For these reasons : first, for the example of it; that no sinner, how great soever, might hereafter despair of pardon, seeing Saul a persecutor made St. Paul. Secondly, for the joy which the church had at his con version. Thirdly, for the miracle wrought at his conversion.” This feast is held on the 25th of January.


Methinks it is good to be here,
If thou wilt, let us build; but for whom ?

Nor Elias nor Moses appear ;
But the shadows of eve that encompass the gloom,
The abode of the dead, and the place of the tomb.

Shall we build to Ambition ? Oh, no!
Affrighted he shrinketh away ;

For see, they would pin him below,
In a small narrow case, and begirt with cold clay,
To the meanest of reptiles a peer and a prey.

To Beauty ? Ah, no! she forgets
The charms that she wielded before ;

Nor knows the foul worm, that he frets
The skin that but yesterday fools could adore,
For the beauty it held, or the tint that it wore.

Shall we build to the Purple of Pride,
The trappings that dizen the proud ?

Alas! they are all laid aside ;
And here's neither dress nor adornment allow'd,
But the long winding sheet, and the fringe of the shroud.

To Riches ? Alas! 'tis in vain.
Who hid, in their turns have been hid :

The treasures are squandered again;
And here in the grave are all metals forbid,
But the tinsel that shines on the dark coffin lid.

To the Pleasures that Mirth can afford,
The Revel, the Laugh, and the Jeer?

Ah, here is a plentiful board !
But the guests are all mute as the pityless cheer,
And none but the worm is a reveller here.

Shall we build to Affection and Love ?
Ah, no! they have wither'd and died,

Or fled with the spirit above.
Friends, brothers, and sisters are laid side by side ;
Yet none have saluted and none have replied.

Unto Sorrow? The dead cannot grieve:
Not a sob nor a sigh meets mine ear

Which compassion itself could relieve.
Ah! sweetly they slumber, nor hope, love, or fear;
Peace! peace is the watch-word, the only one here.

Unto Death, to whom monarchs must bow ?
Ah, no! for his empire is known,

And here there are trophies enow;
Beneath the cold earth, and around the dark stone
Are the signs of a sceptre that none can disown.

The first tabernacle to HOPE we will build,
And look for the sleepers around us to rise :

The second to Faith, which ensures it fulfilled ;
And the third to the LAMB, the great sacrifice,
Who bequeathed us them both when he rose to the skies.

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CALSTOCK Church, situated on the neck of a bold peninsula formed by the winding and romantic Tamar, presents more attractions through its command of the surrounding picturesque scenery, than from its 'architectural decorations. Its date is, probably, not much anterior to the Reformation, and its inward plainness and simplicity correspond with its unadorned but solid outward structure. The tower, of fine massive granite, contains a belfry with six well-sounding bells, and those who ascend its narrow spiral staircase, will be impressed by the imposing spectacle of hill and dale, extending from the distant tors of Dartmoor to the Cornish chain of moors, and the varied succession of wood and river which mark the course of the intervening valleys.

Near the tower, on the south side of the building, a fine old Norman archway conducts into the porch, also chiefly of granite, and thence into the nave, consisting of three aisles, and supported by two rows of arches, slightly pointed. The baptismal font stands nearly opposite this entrance, and is as little distinguished by ornamental workmanship as the rest of the church. The pulpit, with the reading desk annexed, stands facing the middle aisle, and has a handsome canopy, in modern taste, suspended above. A small portion of ancient carved wood-work was found, not long ago, in an obscure part of the reading desk, which seems to indicate that the church

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