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sorrow, and an eternal weight of glory be the substitute for the afflictions of a moment."
"Here I am like a ship at anchor in a windbound condition, longing to sail to the haven of eternal rest. O what a day! When I shall behold his face. I now find him the shadow of a great rock for refuge, and as rivers of water for refreshment. I have peace and quietness now; and assurance for ever in that which he calls me to possess."—
—So Spoke Aspasio firm pojsest,
He was a man among the few,
Sincere on virtue's side;
To hourly use apply'd.
That rule he priz'd, by that he fear'd,
He hated, hop'd and lov'd;
But when his heart had rov'd.
For he was frail as thou or I,
And evil felt within;
And loath'd the thought of sin.
Such Liv'd Aspasio; and at last,
'Call'd up from earth to heaven;'"
The gulph of death triumphant pass'd
'' By gales of blessings driven.
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Ilis Joys be mine each reader cries,
_ When my last hour arrives,;
They shall be your'S, my verse replies.
Such only be your lives. . • '
tions have mingled with facts, and the perusal of the whole narrative, will it is hoped, make some useful impressions. Yet knowing that people are generally more disposed to indulge their curiosity, than to aid their improvement, and that there is nothing, to which they are so indifferent as the application of what they either hear or read to themselves.; it may not be improper to'bring together in a distinct form, some additional remarks of practical utility; - ; «•!.
- First. 'What improbable and marvellous changes often take place in the conditions of mankind. Many have reached an eminence towards which, at one period of their lives they could not have aspired. Had the important vicissitudes through which they have passed, been previously foretold, they would have replied with the unbelieving nobleman; "If the Lord should make windows in heaven might such things be." What would have been the surprise of David, if a prophet had approached him when he was in a field sitting on a hillock, with the sheep at his feet and his harp in his hand, and had opened to him the future scenes of his greatness! But by a train of events, led on by the providence of God, he was called to exchange the shepherd's crook, for the royal sceptre, and the cottage for the palace. In revolutions less splendid and striking, but not less strange and unlikely, he has led others by a way that they know not. He has made darkness light before them, and crooked things strait. Difficulties which seemed insuperable have been overcome; and without a design formed by their friends, or a hope entertained by themselves, they have passed from obscurity to honor; from limitation to enlargement; from dependence, to be the support of others; from inability, to be the instruments of good to thousands. "He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; that he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people." "It is the Lord's doing, and it is .marvellous in our eyes." .• •
It should teach us not to disregard those in humble life, especially poor children. "Despise not" said our Lord, "One of these little ones." And three reasons he assigns for it: angels are their attendants "Their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven:" Jesus is their Savior—" The son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost." God is their friend—" It is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish." Is it necessary to add, youiknow not what they may hereafter become; what in the destinations of heaven they already are. See that floating ark of bulrushes; it contains a weeping babe, abandoned to the perils of the Nile, in a state equivalent to the want of father or mother—but it carries the scourge of Pharoah, the deliverer of Israel, the historian of the creation, the legislator miraculously commissioned, the prophet divinely inspired! Behold the brightness of the Father's glory, and the express image of his person. Where shall we originally find him? From what peculiarity of beginning, promissory of his future unexampled grandeur does his illustrious course commence? Where is he that is born king of the Jews, king of nations,