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17. Another day, we follow to the grave, one, who, in old age, and after a long career of life, has ia full maturity sunk at last into rest. As we are going along to the mansion of the dead, it is natural for us to think, and to discourse. of ail the changes which such a person has seen during the course of his life. He has passed, it is likely, through varieties of fortune. He has experienced prosperity, and adversity.-He has seen families and kindreds rise and fall. He has seen peace and war socceeding in their turns; the face of his country undergoing many alterations; and the very city in which he dwelt, rising in a manger, new. around him.
8. After all he bas beheld, his eyes are now closed forever. He was becoming a stranger in the midst of a new succession of men. A race who knew hiin not, hat arisen to fill the earth, Thus passes the world away. Throughout all ranks and conditions, “ one generation passeth, and another generation cometh; and this great inn is by turns evacuated and replenished, by troops of succeeding pil
9. O vain and inconstant world ! O fleeting and transient life! When will the sons of men learn to think of thee as they ought? When will they learn humanity from the afflictions of their brethren; or moderation and wisdom, from the sense of their fugitive state ?.
Excalted Society, and the renewal of Virtuous Connections,
two sources of Future Felicity.
1. ' Besides the felicity which springs from perfect love, there are two circumstances which particularly enhance the blessedness of that "multitude who stand before. the thrope ;" these are, access to the most exalted society, and renewal of the most tender connections. The former is pointed out in the Scripture, by "joining the innumerable company of angels, and the general assembly and church of the first-born; hy sitiing down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven;" a promise which opens the sublimest prospects to the bac man mind,
2. It allows good men to entertain the liope, that separated from all the dregs of the human mass, from the mised and polluted crowd in the midst of which they now dwell, they shall be permitted to mingle with prophets, patria archs, and aposites, with all those great and illustrions spi. rits who have shone in former ages as the servants of God, or the benefactors of men ; whose deeds we are accustomed to celebrale ; whose steps we now follow at a distance; and whose names we pronounce with veneration.
3. United to this high assembly, the blessed, at the same time renew those ancient connections with virtuous friends, which had been dissolved by death. The pro. spect of this awakens in the heart, the most pleasing and tender sentiment that can fill it, in this inortal state. For of all the sorrows which we are here doomed to endure, nonc is so bitter as that occasioned by the fatal stroke which separates us, in appearance, for ever, from those 1&whom either nature or friendship had intimately joined our hearts.
4. Memory from time to time rerews the anguish; opens the wound which seemed once to have been closed and, by recalling joys that are past and gone, touches every spring of painful sensibility. In these agonizing moments, how relieving the thought, that the separation is only temporary, not eternal; that there is a time to come for re-union with those with whom our happiest days were spent; whose joys and sorrows once were ours; whose piety and virtue cheered and encoura aged ue; and from whom, after we shall have Janded on the peaceful shore where they dwell, no rerolutions of pature shall ever be able to part us more ! Such is the society of the blessed above. Of such are she multitude composed, wbe "stand before the throne." Blair.
The Clemency and amable Character of the Patriarch Joseph
1. No human character, exhibited in the records of Scripture, is more remarkable and instructive than that of the patriarch Joseph. He is one whom we behold tried
in all the vicissitudes of fortune; from the condition of a slave, rising to be ruler of the land of Egypt; and in every station acquiring by his virtue and wisdom, favour with God and man. When overseer of Potipher's house, his udelity was proved by strong temptations, which he honourably resisted.
2. Wher thrown into prison by the artifice of a false woman, his integrity and prudence soon rendered hiin conspicuous, even in that dark mansion. When called into the presence of Pharoah the wise and extensive plan which he formed for saving the kingdom from the mise. ries of impending famine justiy raised him to a high station, wherein bis abilities were eminently displayed in the public service.
3. But in his whole history, there is no circumstance so striking and interestir.g, as his behaviour to bis brethTen who had sold him into slavery. The moment in which he made himself known to them, was the most critical one of his life, and the most decisive of his character. It is such as rarely occurs in the course of human events--and is calculated to draw the highest attention of all who are endowed with any degree of sensibility of heart.
4, From the whole tepour of the narration, it appears, that though Joseph, upon the arrival of his brethren in Egypt, made himself strange to them, yei from the beginning he intended to discorer himself-and studied so to conduct the discovery, as might render the surprise of joy complete. For this end, by affected severity, he took measures for bringing down 10 Egypt all his father's children.
5i They were now arrived there; and Benjamin among the rest, who was his younger brother by the same mother, and was particularly beloved hy Joseph. Him he threatened to detain; and seemed willing 10 allow the rest to departa This incident renewed their distress. They all koeir their father's extreme anxiety about the safety of Benjamin and with wbit difficulty he had yielded to his undertaking this journey.
6. Should he be forever ted from returning, they dreaded that grief would overpower the old man's spirits, and prave fatal to his life. Judah, therefore who had particua larly urged the necessity of Benjamio's accompanying,
brothers, and had solemnly pledged himself to their father for his safe return, cravec,opon this occasion, an audience of the governor; and gave him a full account of the circumstances of Jacob's family.
7. Nothing can be more interesting and pathetic than this discourse of Judah. Little knowing to whom be spoke, he paints in all the coinors of simple and natural eloquence, the distressed situation of the ageit patriarch, hastening to the close of life; tung afflicted for the loss of a favoraite son, whom he supposed to have been torn in pieces by a beast of prey-labouring now onder anxious concern about his youngest son, the cbild of his old age, who alone was left alive of his mother, and whom nothing but the anlamities of severe famine could have moved a tender father to send from home, and expose to the dangers of a foreign land.
8. “If we bring him not back with us, we shall bring down the grey heirs of thy servant, our father, with sorrow to the grave. I pray thee, therefore, let thy servant abide, instead of the young man, a bondman to our lord. For how shall I go up to my father, and Benjamin pot with me? leat I see the evil that shall come on my father."
9. Upon this relation Joseph could go longer'restrain him. self. The tender ideas of his father, and his fathers house, of his ancient home, his country and his kindred, of the disa tress of his family, and his own exaltation, all rushed 100 strongly upon his mind to bear
any farther concealment.6. He cried, Cause every man to go out from me and he wept aloud,"
10. The tears which he shed were not the tears of grief. They were the barst of affection. They were the effusions of a heart overflowing with all the tender sensibilities of nature. Formerly he had been moved in the same mander, when he first saw his brethren before him. His bowels yearned upon them--he sought for a place where
He went into his chamber--and then washed his face and returned to them."
11. At that period his generous plans were not compleled. But now, when there was no further occasion for constraining himself, he gave free vent to the strong emoof his heart. The first minister to the king of Egypt was mot ashamed to show, that he felt as a man and a brether:
He wept alond-and the Egyptians, and the house of Pharaoh heard him."
12. The first words which bis swelling heart allower! him to pronounce, are the most suitable to such an affecte ing situation that were ever uttered :-“I am Joseph; drth my father yet live ?"What conld he, what ought he, in that impassjoped moment to have said more? This is the voice of nature herself, speaking her own language ; and it penetrates the heart; nr pomp of expression ; no parade of kindness; hot strong affection hastening to utter what it strongly felt.
" His brethren could not answer him ; for they were troubled at liis presence." Their silence is as expressive of those emotions of repentance and shame, wbich on this amazing discovery filled their breasts, and stopped their utterance, as the few words which Joseph speaks, are expressive of the generous agitations which struggled for vent withio him.
14. No painter could seize a more striking moment for displaying the characteristical features of the human heart, than what is here presented. Never was there a situation of more tender and virtuous joy, on the one hand, nor, on the other, of more overwhelming confusion and conscious guilt. In the simple narration of the saco red historian, it is set before us, with greater energy and higher effect, than if it had been wrought up with all the colouring of the most admired modern eloquence. Blotto.
The following account of an affecting, mournful exit, 23 met
luted by Dr. Young, who was present at the enelancholy
1. The sad erening before the death of the roble youth, whose last hours suggested the most solemn and awful reflections, I was with him. No one was present, but his physician, and an intimate whom he loved, and whom he had ruined. At my coming in, he said 66 You and the physician are come to late.
I have neither life nor hope. You botb aim at miracles.
You would raise the dead!"