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That flower, in stately pride,
with a very remarkable degree of fertility. My feet Seem'd loveliest there :
have trod that sacred soil: my eyes beheld many Though bright ones bloom'd beside,
places eminently sanctified by the abode in poverty None might with it compare,
and suffering of the Son of God in the days of his No flow'ret seem'd so fair.
humiliation, where he spoke and taught as never man
did, raised the dead, poured sight on the eyes of the Lily of Palestine! where'er we find
blind from their birth (John ix.), made the dumb Thy form of beauty rise in matchless grace, speak, again, he caused the cripple to leap, fed Bright thoughts and holy will pervade the mind, thousands in a moment by a most stupendous act; Of him who died to save our fallen race.
he rebuked the enraged eleinents, laid prostrate O flower, when, grief oppressed,
at his feet infernal spirits, healed those who had the We look on thee,
palsy and were grievously tormented; further, His name must soothe each breast,
imparted comfort to the broken-hearted, supported His love our anchor be,
the aged and lonely relict in her distress. With reWho died on Calvary.
gard to Jerusalem, I have walked its desolate streets,
M. C. L. ascended its hills “round about,” stood on the ground Llangynwyd Vicarage.
where the Prince of Peace was buffeted, scourged, insulted; when all that could excite our pity and melt the very heart of man was endured without a murmur; and surely no sorrow was like his sorrow.
lle “ was Miscellaneous.
led forth as a lamb to the slaughter; had beun hur
ried to that accursed tree, and shed his peace-speakPALESTINE.—The biblical history concerning ing, divine blood as a voluntary sacrifice to satisfy the patriarchal ages, the particular providence and divine justice; hung upon it a public spectacle to miraculous interpositions of God in the government angels and men, and brought in an everlasting righteof his ancient people, the promulgation of the divine ousness (Gal. iii. 13, 14; Heb. ii. 10; Ps. xxiv. 7);
when silent rocks burst asunder, dead came forth law upon Mount Sinai, the details given by prophets, from the dust, universal nature was moved, and the the predictions delivered by them of a scheme which light of day had vanished. Salvation, may it inspire infinite wisdom and mercy had framed of man's re- our hearts ! for to thee, O bleeding Lamb, all praise covery by the glorious mercy vouchsafed to him in belongs. I have also trod the sacred pinnacle of the miracles wrought to astonished multitudes in con- Olivet, where he had ascended to heaven as a triumphal
conqueror, to take possession of his mediatorial throne, firmation of his divine mission and gospel, the and sits on the riglit hand of God in the glory of the divinity of our Lord, his mission upon earth, ministry Father—a glory infinitely beyond what imagination among cities, hamlets, and families of this most can paint; and who reigns transcendent, encircled highly-favoured land, where be at last expired under with his radiant band through an endless eternity.
“Wonder then, O heavens! and be astonished, o the bitterest agony on the accursed tree, as a sacrifice
earth!”- Rae Wilson's Travels. for sin, his "glorious ascension” to heaven, the signs
DENMARK.--ANTIQUITIES.—A remarkable mode and gifts of the Holy Ghost, which ensued, with the is adopted in this country to discover relics: it is consequent proceedings of his ambassadors, sent forth this. The government some years ago being impressed by him to teach all nations, and tell the generations with a belief there were many antiquities that had unborn; I say, the combination of all these stupendous
never come to light, which it would be highly desira. events, and of such vital importance to the human ble to come at, and even an object of national im. race, added to a voice which seemed, as it were, to portance to rescue from oblivion, adopted an excellent sound in my ears, “Go, walk through the land, and plan for the prosecution of such designs. A royal describe it: my presence shall go with thee, and I commission or proclamation was issued ; and every will show great and mighty things thou knowest not,” clergy man was furnished with a particular set of in. made so powerful an impression on my mind as to structions to give information to his flock of any reexcite an unquenchable desire to visit these illustrious mains of antiquity; and rewards were offered to any regions, in which alone there had been made an
of them, or through them to others, who should disauthentic revelation from heaven, and an immediate
cover fragments of this description, and carry them and direct intercourse had existed, as though Jacob's
the museum. In consequence of so simple ladder were no more a vision, but a waking and com- a mode, the institution in Copenhagen has met mon reality. In the course of this undertaking 1 with a success equal to the expectations of the most found ample reason to say, in the language of the enthusiastic antiquarian; since numerous relics have wise man,
I saw many things--more, indeed, than been obtained, through ploughmen and others turning I can express;” nor was I deceived in apprehensions, up the soil, which have proved highly curious and inhaving been exposed to many perils and dangers by teresting accessions to the collection; and strangers land and sea, in the crowded mart, as in the solitary who visit the capital are astonished to see the place so wilderness from robbers. Hunger, thirst, weariness, much enriched with works of old. Such a proceeding watching, besides numberless privations and bodily was most judicious on the part of the Danish governpains, were among the lesser evils of this pilgrimage, ment, and ought to be adopted in our country, since which, however, by frequency occasioned nearly in it would stimulate enterprize, and lead to the dis. sufferable distress, and presented almost insurmount, covery of many striking pieces of antiquity, that will able obstacles to my progress; and the “God and otherwise perhaps remain for ever concealed in the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, blessed for evermore, bowels of the earth.-Ibid. knoweth that I lie not.” Palestine is more interesting than any other country, and may still assert its claim to be described as a goodly land, abounding in rich pastures and corn-fields, in picturesque beauty and HUGHES, 12, Ave-Maria Lane, St. Paul's; and to be
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STATUE OF PETER THE GREAT. land, and thence fourteen by water to the im
perial city. There was a convenient crack in one One of the ornaments of the city of St. Peters- part, by which a portion could be broken off, so burgh is the statue of its founder, the emperor as to give the remainder the steepness desired for Peter the Great. This monument is the work of the position of the horse. “The expense and difFalconet, a French artist. The monarch is re- ficulty of transporting it were no obstacles (says presented mounting a precipitous rock, the summit Coxe) to Catherine the Second : the morass was of which he has nearly reached : his head is un drained, the forest cleared, and a road formed to covered and crowned with laurel, while his right the gulf of Finlund. It was set in motion on hand is stretcbed out.
huge friction balls, and grooves of metal, by means The granite mass which composes the pedestal of pulleys and windlasses worked by five hundred is unrivalled. It is the remnant of a huge rock mon. In this manner it was conveyed, with forty which the engineer found covered with moss men seated on the top, 1,200 feet a day to the about four miles from the shore of the gulf of Fin- shore, then embarked on a nautical machine, VOL. XXV.
transported by water to St. Petersburgh, and and consideration cf others, in the midst of his landed near the spot where it is now erected.” own bitter trials and intense sufferings, the Son of Six months were occupied in this undertaking; man leaves immeasurably behind God's holiest for the rock weighed 1,500 tons. Had less of it saints. Let us consider this, in a few instances out been more imposing'; but those who blame the Our blessed Lord suffered from hunger, probably artist for what he has taken from it seem to for- intense hunger, after his forty days' fast, when get how much has been left, and how difficult of he resisted the temptation to relieve by a miracle management such an enormous mass of stone must the cravings of that nature he had condescended have been.
to take on himself. It is likely that the pangs of The inscription is in good taste. It is simply, hunger were often felt by him in his wearisome “To Peter the First, Catherine the Second,” with life of poverty. On one occasion, it is said, the the date of erection, marked on opposite sides of multitudes so pressed on him and his disciples, the pedestal, in Latin and Russ.
that “they had no leisure so much as to eat." At another time, when urged to take food, after, as it would appear, a long abstinence, his delight
in doing his Father's will was such as to render JESUS CHRIST OUR EXAMPLE.
bim indifferent to the supply of his bodily wants:
“I have meat to eat,” said the holy Jesus to his No. IX.
disciples, “that ye know not of. My meat is to
do the will of him that sent me, and to finish lis W1Ex we would enable the mind to comprehend work.” But, while the Saviour thus subunitted to any fact, whose circumstances lie beyond the the pains of hunger, he compassionated this feelregion of ordinary observation, our usual mode is ing in others, and put forth his wonder-working to illustrate it by things familiar, and in this man- power to relieve it. “I have compassion on the ner to bring it within the sphere of our commion multitude,” was the remark of the tenderthoughts. Thus only can we apprehend scientific bearted Redeemer, after his laborious teaching, truths; and thus must we proceed, if we would in “because they have now been with me three any measure conceive the infinite love of our ado- days, and have nothing to eat; and, if I send them rable Lord and Saviour. The most glorious and fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the blessed truth, that the Son of God, who was
way. With his unvarying consideration be the beginning with God, who is indeed very God, overlooked not the circumstance that “ divers of emptied himself of lis inconceivable glory, and them came from far." came down to this narrow spot of earth, to suffer Our Lord suffered from weariness. We reand to die for his own rebellious creatures, is a mar- member how he sat, wearied with his journey, on vel so far beyond our finite comprehension, that, the well of Samaria ; and again, the affecting inviewed abstractedly, our minds are utterly unable cident mentioned in my last, of his disciples bearto grasp it: it floats on their surface; and our ing him, “ as he was," into the ship. in his conhearts remain untouched, because the very great tinual fooi journeys through the hot country of ness of the love disables us from realizing it. But Judæa, how often must be have undergone esour merciful God has provided a way by which, treme bodily fatigue! He chose the path of weaaccording to our measure, we may realize it: he riness, and rested not from his labours; but this has given us the record of our Saviour's holy path did not make him less considerate for the wearion earth ; and by studying the marks of that ness of others : “Come ye yourselves apart into wonderful love, which, shining through suffering, a desert place, and rest awhile," was his pitying filled with tenderness the words and actions of his language to his disciples. daily life, we may in some slight degree obtain an Jesus suffered the extremity of bodily agony; insight into that infinite love which led him to die yet we never hear of his beholding pain in others for us. In my last paper I endeavoured to draw without exerting his divine power to relieve it; instruction from our Lord's perfect submission and and the evangelists frequently accompany their unfailing patience: now I would make some re- account of such exertion with the touching reflections on the entire unselfishness, the invariable mark, was moved with compassion." love and consideration for others, which accom- Again, we read: “Looking up to heaven, he panied that patience; how, in the midst of his own sighed.” He considered every circumstance of endurance, he deeply sympathized with and the affliction; as, when healing the woman bowed eagerly relieved their far lighter sufferings. Af- together by 'a spirit of infirmity, be mentioned fiction is, we all know, one of God's appointed her having been eighteen years thus suffering, as ways of producing and perfecting in us holiness : a reason for giving her immediate relief; and in through his divine grace it becomes a powerful the case of the poor sufferer who had lain thirtymeans of subduing and softening the heart. But eight years at the pool of Bethesda, it is said, this is not its natural effect; so far from it, expe- " When Jesus saw him lie, and knew he had been rience continually proves tbat misfortune irritates now a long time” tlus. rather than subdues, hardens the heart instead of The Son of man for our sakes endured such exsoftening it. Bodily and mental suffering, un- treme mental agony as surpasses our power of consanctified by the grace of God, increases our ception. What must have been the tortures of bis natural selfishness. We should enc eavour con- pure and holy soul, under that mysterious sufferstantly to bear this in mind when assailed by sick- ing which caused his sweat to fall to the ness or sorrow, that our earnest efforts may be put gronnd “as it were great drops of blood”! or, forth to struggle against the depraved propensity again, that which wrong from him the agonized of our evil nature. In his constant remembrance cry of “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Yet he never inflicted one unne heart; when he looked for some to take pity, and cessary pang. In the beautiful narrative of his there was none; for comforters, and found none; raising Jairus's daughter, when certain persons at that moment of sore trial did the graciuus Lord came to inform the anxious father that his child remember his denying apostle, Peter, and cast on was dead, and therefore it was useless to trouble him the look which melted him into tears of penithe Master any further, it is related, “ As soon as tential sorrow. In the midst of the anguish of Jesus heard the word that was spoken," or, as it the cross the Son of God provided for the tempois said the passage might be translated, “While it ral comfort of his mother. was being spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the But it was not only of those who loved him synagogue, Be not afraid : only believe.” He that the suffering Saviour was mindful. His would not leave him an instant in doubt either of thoughtful consideration extended to his bitterest his power or will to relieve him.
enemies. After his ineffable condescension in I might give many other instances of the Sa- washing the feet of the traitor Judas, we find the viour's regard for the feelings of others, but will holy Jesus deeply moved at the thought that it pass over them, to dwell on the most striking of would be one of those who had eaten bread with all--his earnest care to prepare the minds of his him who should lift up bis heel against him ; but disciples for the great trial that was about to come it was for the base deceiver be especially soron them, in their loss of him. How exquisitely rowed, as shown in his pathetic lamentation : tender is his discourse, as related by St. John,“ Woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is when he was himself about to enter on that bitter betrayed ! it had been good for that man if he had conflict which made him "sore amazed, and ex- never been born.” His last miracle of mercy was ceeding sorrowful, even unto death;" that con- performed on one of those who had seized him. The flict, of which he knew beforehand every sad woes about to come on the guilty city of his murparticular! Yet, so far from his soul being en- derers, which had before drawn tears from his heagrossed by his own sufferings, his blessed words venly eyes, occupied some of the rejected Saviour's are employed in comforting the infinitely lighter lacest thoughts. When led forth, assisting to bear sorrows of those who were about to desert, and his heavy cross, to the women bewailing and laone, alas ! to deny bim: “Let not your heart be menting him he turned and said: “Daughters of troubled ; weither let it be afraid. I go to pre- Jerusalem, weep not for me; but weep for yourpare a place for you. I will come again, and selves and for your children. For, behold, the receive you unto myself ; that where I am ye may days are coming, in which they shall say, Blessed be also. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, I will do it. Ask, and receive, that your joy and the paps wbich never gave suck.” may be full. I will not leave you comfortless : Such are a few instances of the adorable Redeem. I will come to you. Peace I leave with you: er's care and consideration of others, in the midst of my peace I give unto you. As my Father hath his own sufferings, and which may help to give loved me, so have I loved you. Greater love hath us some idea of that infinite love which brought no man ihan this—that a man lay down his life him down to die for us; but let us also deeply for his friends. Ye are my friends if ye do what study them, as affording us a perfect pattern of soever I command you. Because I have said unselfishness. We saw, in my last paper, how, these things, sorrow bath filled your heart. as followers of him, we should bow down with Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is expedient submissive reverence under the hand of our God: for you that I go away; for, if I go not away, here we have the lovely example of the holy One's the Comforter will not come unto you; but, if I constant thought of others, while undergoing the depart, I will send him unto you. Ye now have most agonizing trials, and this not for a time sorrow; but I will see you again; and your heart only, but through the whole course of his lite. shall rejoice ; and your joy no man taketh from Let us examine how far we imitate him in conyou. The Father himself loveth you, because ye siderate thoughtfulness. have loved me. These things have I spoken unto We are all vividly alive to the feeling of our you, that in me ye might have peace. In the own wants. Are we equally mindful of the wants world ye shall have tribulation ; but be of good of others ? Are we moved with compassion for cheer: I have overcome the world.” Such were the sufferings of the hungry poor around us, who, some of the loving words with which the sorrow-though raised above starvation, must yet coning Saviour comforted those who were about to tinually undergo those painful sensations which be scattered, every man to his own, and to leave arise from deficiency of nourishment? Do we him alone; followed by his no less touching sympathize with, and as far as lies in our power prayer, in which he supplicated that they all relieve, them? Do we deny ourselves, in order may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in to supply their necessities? And are we active in thee, that they also may be one in us. Father, I our exertions for them? will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be Again, with regard to bodily fatigue. Are with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, we tenderly mindful of the weariness of others ? which thou hast given me;" concluding with the Are we careful to exact from those dependent on memorable words, " I have declared unto them thy us no greater portion of labour than what is quite name, and will declare it; that the love where consistent with their health and comfort ? We, with thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in who are generally so careful of ourselves, so senthem.” When delivered into the hands of his sitive of our own teelings of weariness, so reasy merciless enemies, still did the considerate Re- to take rest, are we equally considerate for deemer provide for the safety of his followers : others ? Are we ready to exert ourselves to save "If ye seek me, let these go their way." At that them, and occasionally' to sacrifice our own ease, bitter moment, when reproach had broken bis in order to promote theirs.
Then as to bodily pain, to which all, both richtain ; and he opened his mouth, and taught them.” and poor, are equally liable. Do we seek to soothe He took advantage of so many being present, to the bed of sickness ? to relieve, by our sympathy declare fully his pure and holy, doctrine. He and kind attention, the sufferers around us? It showed them the character which those must afflicted by illness ourselves, can we yet be con- possess who would be his disciples, and the siderate for others? can we still regard their wants expectations they must entertain. He spoke of rather than our own?
purity, and meekness, and lowliness; that they It will be well if our conscience acquit us
us o must not only be ready to forgive, but to bless these points ; but let us further examine ourselves their enemies, returning good for evil. And he as to our careful avoidance of wounding the minds showed them, too, of their expectations, that they of our fellow-creatures, and our anxiety to soothe were not to look for, or lay up, treasures upon and lessen mental disti ess. Alas ! of what sins earth ; but their treasure was to be in heaven. of omission and commission must the greater num- He bade them not only to expect persecution for ber of us accuse ourselves in these respects? We righteousness' sake, but to regard it as a blessing, complain of our fellow-creatures as selfish and to rejoice at it. Thus did the Lord embrace this cold-hearted; but let us look into our own hearts : precious opportunity of showing the multitudes let us compare the interest we take in whatever the true nature of his religion ; that it was to concerns ourselves with that which we feel in the make men holy, and prepare them not to be great affairs of others. Are we ready to rejoice with in this life, but happy in the life to come.
to , Luke, weep? Does not a trifle immediately affecting when great multitudes followed him, expecting, ourselves engage us more deeply than an affair in all probability, earthly advantages, the Saviour of the deepest import to another? How small a took the opportunity of testing their discipleship portion of pain and suffering is apt to make by declaring the self-denial that would be reus forgetful of the feelings even of our friends, quired. They must be ready for his sake to give while our blessed Lord in the severest agony up the nearest and dearest ties, nay, even life it. was considerate for his bitter enemies! Again; self, to take up their cross daily, or they could not how regardless, generally speaking, are be his disciples. Calling their attention to the of wounding by neglect or by inconsiderate folly of that man who should commence building words, while deeply sensitive of such conduct a tower without considering his means of finishtowards ourselves! We are cortinually thinking it; and the king who with ten thousand ing of our own feelings, and at the same time men should make war against another with careless of those of others. And what is it that twenty thousand, he showed them how before makes us so sensitive of neglect, or want of con- following him they too should count the cost, sideration, in those with whom we associate, but and in the most forcible words exhibited the sacriour thought and care for ourselves, in a word, our fice that would be required : “Whosoever he be selfishross ? It is our own selfishness which makes of you that forsaketh not all that he bath, he canus alive to the selfishness of others : it would be not be my disciple." well for us to remember this, instead of attri- The same principle seems to have actuated our buting, as we are apt to do, our proneness to take Lord in his address to the scribe, recorded by St. offence to our great sensibility. Such feelings as Matthew, when again great multitudes were folI have been describing are, indeed, natural to us ; lowing him: “The foxes have holes, and the for selfishness is an inherent part of our nature ; birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man but they are the very opposite to the mind of nath not where to lay his head.”. What worldly Christ.
advantages could be gained by following å Having thus endeavoured to derive instruction muster thus utterly destitute ? from a consideration of our Saviour's tender care In our Redeemers conduct to his disciples we for the minds and bodies of others, while he was find a similar ecubracing of opportunities. When leading a life of intense hardship, and even while asked to teach them to pray, be not only comhe was preparing for and undergoing an exqui- plied with their request by giving them a comsitely painful death, let us now consider a little prebensive form of prayer, but went on to instruct his unceasing care for their spiritual interests: let them by a parable with what importunity they us see how he was ever on the watch to take ad-should pray, how persevering should be their supvantage of every opportunity to administer that plications. They were not only to ask, but to divine instruction which would, it rightly re- seek ; not only to seek, but to knock; encouceived, make them wise unto salvation. A very raging them to expect an answer, by appealing to few instances, of course, can only be selected out one of the tenderest feelings of our nature, the of the multitude that occurred in bis holy life love of a father for bis child. Jesus went about doing good ; but it was with He taught them humility by setting in the the wisdom of the serpent, as well as the harm- midst of them a little child, an exemplification of lessness of the dove : bis words and actions were belplessness and dependence, assuring them they never out of place, but always exactly fitted w must humble themselves as that little child, if they the occasion.
would be great in the kingdom of heaven. The first long discourse recorded of our Lord, Watchfui of every occasion on which pride might as addressed to the people in general, is that com- arise in their hearts, when the seventy returned monly called “the rermon on the mount”; and it with joy, that even the devils were subject to them seems to bave been drawn torth by the observant through his name, he uttered in their hearing a Saviour's having remarked the concourse of peo- thanksgiving to his father, that, while he had ple assembled together; tor it is said, “ And sie- bid these things from the wise and prudent, he ing the multiiudes, he went up into a moun- had revealed them unto babes; and that not for