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Bright and more bright the circling halo beamed
JESUS CALMS THE TEMPEST.
Matt. viii. 23–27. The roaring tumult of the billowed sea Awakes him not: high on the crested surge, Now heaved, his locks flow streaming in the blast; And, now descending, 'tween the sheltering waves, The falling tresses veil the face divine : Meek through that veil, a momentary gleam, Benignant, shines ; he dreams that he beholds The opening eyes,-that long hopeless had rolled, In darkness,-look around bedimmed with tears Of joy; but, suddenly, the voice of fear Dispelled the happy vision : awful he rose, Rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be thou still! and straight there was a calm. With terror-mingled gladness in their looks, The mariners exclaim,-- What man is this, That even the wind and sea obey his voice!
ADDRESS TO THE SUNDAY SCHOOL
CHILDREN AND TEACHERS BELONG-
BY THE Rev. ISAAC HITCHEN, M.A. DEAR CHILDREN AND FRIENDS,--To detain you, longon such an occasion and on such a day (New: Year's Day, 1843) would be as ill-judged as to : dismiss you without any exhortation at all. I shall therefore be brief in my remarks ; but I re-, quest from you most serious attention while they: last.,
In times of old, men differed in their determi-: nation of what was the chief good, or of what: mankind ought principally to strive for; and this i variety of- opinion arose from the fact that the: immortality of the soul, or the incapability of the : soul's dying, and a future state of rewards and punishments, were facts only indistinctly guessed: at by some, and entirely unknown to others. i Among the lesser interests of mankind (for all other interests are small), therefore, as it wasi most difficult to select an universally predominant one-one passing without exception all others, in i importance so such attempted selection was ever varying.
Some placed the greatest human good in mili-: · tary renown-fame as great warriors; some in
the acquirement of letters the being accounted learned above other men; some in the accumula-, tion of wealth ; some in sensual gratification-in the unrestrained indulgence of appetite; some in general apathy-a deadness to all feeling. Recollect that these doubts and differences, existed