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THE SCRIPTURES. A mud cottage with the Scriptures in it, is more ennobled in the view of an angel than the palace of the richest emperor on earth. David would have decended from his throne, and passed his days in a poor-house, to have enjoyed our advantages; Abraham, at the distance of thousands of years, rejoiced to see our day, saw it, and was glad.-Jay.
DIVERSITIES OF GIFTS. The Lord hath saints enough to divide into three bodies ; some to suffer for him, some to destroy Babylon, and some to be for seedl-corn to sow again in the earth.—Powell.
FEELING AND FAITH. We do not live by feeling, but by faith. It is the privilege of a Christian to begin with faith, and so rise up to feeling.–Bridge.
KNOWLEDGE. Religion begins with a knowledge of a man's self, and is perfected with the knowledge of God.-Mason.
REDEMPTION. God is said to have repented that he made man, but he is never said to have repented that he redeemed man.
Mason. COMMUNION WITI GOD, The Christian's fellowship with God is rather a habit than a rapture.-Cecil.
“WATCH AND PRAY." I would pray unto watching, and watch unto prayer.
UNITY. Unity in anything but the truth is not concord, but conspiracy.
THE CHRISTIAN'S HOPE IN DEATH. When sickness in the whirlwind rides
And death sits brooding o'er the land, When the destroying angel guides
His arrows by divine command.
Unterrified he meets his doom,
Nor calls for shelter to the hills, Unshock'd he views the opening tomb
While death cries out for men to kill.
To whom nor sickness hov'ring nigh,
Nor life nor death can anguish give, If death's his lot, prepar'd to die,
If life, alike prepared to live.
When persecution walks abroad,
And thunders loud with pois'nous breath, Charg'd with a monstrous vengeful load,
Of wheels, of racks, of wounds, of death.
When glittering arms tremendous shine,
And willing fiends no longer sleep, When fire and sword, and devils combine,
And bellow from the boundless deep.
Behold the hero fix'd as fate,
As in the foaming waves the rock, Collected, firm, resolv'd, sedate,
He braves the dread impending shock.
With tow'ring thoughts to heaven elate,
He looks with steady calmness down, Scorns all the golden toys of state
The sceptre, and the painted crown.
Untouch'd with guilt he mounts the skies,
Beyond where black’ning tempests burst ; He mocks at shame, and fear defies,
And bids grim danger do its worst.
He views below the tedious maze,
Where sins, and pains, and horrors meet,
And thunders roar beneath his feet.
Uprearing on seraphic wings
He cuts the glad ethereal way,
And wantons in eternal day.
LOVE OF COUNTRY.
Old England ! I love thee, in childhood and youth,
Where'er I go, whatever realms I see,
October 22nd, 1856.
ST. PETER'S. THE Basilica of St. Peter was the first and noblest reli- , gious edifice erected by Constantine. It stood on part of the ' Circas of Nero, and was supposed to occupy a spot consecrated by the blood of numberless martyrs, exposed or
slaughtered in that place of pablic amusement by order of l the tyrant. Bat its principal and exclusive advantage was
the possession of the body of St. Peter, which secured to it || the first lace in the affection and reverence of the Christian
world. Every age, as it passed over the Vatican, seemed to add to it holiness ard dignity; and the coronation of an emperor, or the installation of a pope, gave it so many new claims to the veneration of Christendom. At length, however, after centaries of glory, the walls of the ancient Basilica began to give way, and symptoms of approaching ruin were become 10 visible about the year 1450, that! Nicholas V. conceived the project of taking down the old church, and erecting in its sted a new and more extensive structure. Successive popes have erdeavoured to acquire a share ia its glory und duration by some decoration or improvement. On the whole, it would ro, be exaggeration to assert that three hundred years elapsed from the commencement to the te.pination of this stupendous fabric. To calculate the expense would be difficult; but we may venture to state that it must have amounted at least to twelve millions sterling ; ard when we consider that the marbles, bronze, and other valuable materials employed in its decoration, are not only uncommon, but scarcely known out of Rome, we may add that it would require three times as much to raise a similar edifice in any other capital. When the spectator approaches, he views four rows of lofty pillars, sweeping of to the right and left in a bold semicircle. In the centre of the area formed by this immenwe colonnade, an Egypiian obelisk, of one solid piece of gravite, ascends to the height of one hundred and thirty ! feet: two perpetual fountains, one on each side, play in the uir, and fall in sheets round the basins of porphyry that