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And listing, bow their sacred heads with fear,
O wouldst thou learn, indeed, with chasten'd joy, To see the sin-embitter'd years go by— To list their going as they onward move, And bear thee nearer to thy home aboveEach coming year more welcome than the past, And better, because nearer to the lastPut off the folly that so long has stood Between thy erring spirit and its God. With thoughts of seriousness and holy awe, Near to his throne in meek devotion draw, And while the parting season sounds farewell, Alone with him in pensive accents tell Thy deep contrition for each wasted hourTrace back the moments that are thine no more-Each sipful word, each sinful thought retrace, And ask for all his pardon and his grace: That as the fleeting years receding move, Thy soul may drink more deeply of his loveMore grateful in the sense of sins forgiven, Of earth less mindful and more meet for heaven. So the far-sounding of that midnight bell, E'en though the last, shall whisper thee no ill; And they who wait for thee in heaven, will share Thy joyful welcome of each new-born year.
LORD, give me grace to do thy will,
In thought, in word, in deed,
And sow thy holy seed.
Give me, O Lord, indifference
To all things here below;
My greatest comforts flow.
The soul is yet confined on earth,
Within a house of clay,
Ah! who would wish to stay?
A Christian! he whose heart and word
Are filled with grateful praise, And resignation to his Lord, · Thus pours his rapt'rous lays.
“ I have no will but thine, O God,
“ My hope is fix'd on thee, “ That when the path of life I've trod,
“ My soul to heaven will flee.
“ Content to stay, resign'd to go
“ To seek my kindred skies, “Or, happy I'll remain below
« Till thou shalt bid me rise.
“ And then, O God, through Christ the Lord,
“ My soul thou wilt receive, “ To sing and praise thy name ador'd,
“ And ne'er thy presence leave.”
That thought sublime, too great for man,
To be for ever blest!
The Godhead manifest!
BY LORENZO DE MEDICIS.
Lo spirito talora a se ridutto,
TRANSLATION The refug'd spirit, worn and tempest tost, Serenely pausing o'er its dangers past, Looks inward, as the troubled waters cease, And, doubtirg, questions why it is at peace. If all that is, must come of power divineIf all is God's, except the creature's sin— If by his grace it has indeed been given To sow on earth, that we may reap in heavenAnd if that grace be wont to do its part Upon the soften'd and the willing heartWhat is it makes it willing ? Would I knew Which first upon the alter'd bosom grew, The inclination or the grace it soughtSay, if thou knowest-and answer to the doubt.
ANSWER. The morning's icy bosom does not melt Till the first sun-beam kindles in the east Yon orb opaque, that lights the midnight sky, 'Gan not to shine ere it received the beam. Opaque, and cold, and lifeless more than they, Ill could the bosom in itself enkindle A spark of holiness where all was sin. Springs the fresh grain, or e'er it has been sown ? God is the husbandman-he brake the ground, He gave the culture, and he sow'd the seedAnd if it bear us e'en but one poor thought, But one faint wish of goodness, one desire For grace and holiness, it is trom him. Since it is good, of us it could not come, For we are evil ---Goodness does not come Of evil-God alone is good. To him Be all the glory, for the gift is his.
BAKER AND SON, PRINTERS, SOUTHAMPTON.
ASSISTANT OF EDUCATION.
- FEBRUARY, 1824.
A SKETCH OF GENERAL HISTORY. "
HISTORY OF THE HEATHEN WORLD TO THE DEATH OF MOSES, B.c. 1751.
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We have observed that the Israelites on arriving in the neighbourhood of Canaan, B.C. 1451, found the country already possessed and fully inhabited. Several nations are mentioned by their historian, and the whole tract of country being small, the possessions of each separate state must of course be very inconsiderable. We shall name them slightly for some time forward, as they come in continual contact with the people whose history we have been writing, and shall have hereafter to pursue.
The kingdom of Moab is supposed to have extended not more than forty miles in either direction. The Moabites were governed by kings, and employed themselves chiefly in pasturage and the rearing of cattle, in which their wealth consisted. More of their customs is not known; neither is it known what language they spoke. Some remembrance of the religion of Lot, their progenitor, they probably retained, as they used circumcision; but had corrupted it with the grossest idolatry, and the Israelites were forbidden to intermarry with them. As the Moabites were not, like some of the nations, subdued and exterminated, to make room for the wanderers, they continued to be their neighbours, and were frequently, at