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The cheerfu' supper done, wi' serious face,
They round the ingle form a circle wide ; The sire turns o'er, wi' patriarchal grace :
The big ha' Bible, ance his father's pride : His bonnet rey'rently is laid aside,
His lyart haffets, wearing thin an' bare ; Those strains that once did sweet in Zion glide,
He wales a portion with judicious care ; And “ Let us worship God!” he says, with solemn air. They chaunt their artless notes in simple guise,
They tune their hearts, by far the noblest aim : Perhaps Dundee's wild warbling measures rise,
Or plaintive Martyrs, worthy of the name ; Or noble Elgin beets the heav'nward flame,
The sweetest far of Scotia's holy lays : Compared with these, Italian trills are tame :
The tickled ears no heartfelt raptures raise ; Nae unison hae they with our Creator's praise. The priest-like father reads the sacred page,
How Abram was the friend of God on high ; Or Moses bade eternal warfare wage
With Amalek's ungracious progeny ; Or how the royal Bard did groaning lie
Beneath the stroke of Heaven's avenging ire ;
Or rapt Isaiah's, wild, seraphic fire ;
How guiltless blood for guilty man was shed ;
Had not on earth whereon to lay his head : How his first followers and servants sped :
The precepts sage they wrote to many a land : How he, who lone in Patmos banished,
Saw in the sun a mighty angel stand ; And heard great Babylon's doom pronounc'd by Heav'n's
command. Then kneeling down to Heaven's Eternal King,
The saint, the father, and the husband prays :
Hope springs exulting on triumphant wing,
That thus they all shall meet in future days : There ever bask in uncreated rays,
No more to sigh, or shed the bitter tear ; Together hymning their Creator's praise,
In such society, yet still more dear; While circling time moves round in an eternal sphere. Compared with this, how poor Religion's pride,
In all the pomp of method, and of art, When men display to congregations wide
Devotion's ev'ry grace, except the heart! The Pow'r, incensed, the pageant will desert,
The pompous strain, the sacerdotal stole ; But haply, in some cottage far apart,
May hear, well pleased, the language of the soul ; And in his book of life the inmates
enrol. Then homeward all take off their sev'ral way ;
The youngling cottagers retire to rest; The parent pair their secret homage pay,
And proffer up to Heav'n the warm request, That He who stills the raven's clam'rous nest,
And decks the lily fair in flow'ry pride, Would, in the way His wisdom sees the best,
For them and for their little ones provide ; But chiefly, in their hearts with grace divine preside. O Scotia! my dear, my native soil !
For whom my warmest wish to Heaven is sent ; Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil
Be blest with health, and peace, and sweet content! And, oh, may Heav'n their simple lives prevent
From luxury's contagion, weak and vile! Then, howe'er crowns and coronets be rent,
A virtuous populace may rise the while, And stand a wall of fire around their much-loved Isle. O Thou ! who pour'd the patriotic tide
That stream'd through Wallace's undaunted heart ; Who dared to nobly stem tyrannic pride,
Or nobly die,-the second glorious part; (The patriot's God, peculiarly thou art,
His friend, inspirer, guardian, and reward !)
But still the patriot, and the patriot-bard,
1. What are the signs of this chill Nov- 20. With what do they sing, which is ember day's close ?
better than the finest instrument ? 2. Which day of the week, is it ?
21. Name these church tunes and char3. Why is the cotter glad when Satur. acterize them. day night comes ?
22. What favourite portions may the 1. Where is his cot situated ?
father read in the Old Testament ? 5. Who run to meet him ?
23. What portions in the New Testa6. What are the things that make him ment, here called christian volume ? forget his cares and toil ?
24. Which of the Apostles was banished 7. How are the elder bairns employed to Patmos ? during the week ?
25. Who is the saint, the father, and the 8. Name the eldest daughter.
husband ? 9. What may she be bringing with her? 26. What glorious hope fills the bosom 10. Why is she so careful of her wages? of parents and children?
11. Describe the affectionate meeting of 27. Is not true religion a matter of the the brothers and sisters.
heart? 12. What thoughts fill the parents' 28. How are the "parent-pair” employed minds at seeing them all around ? when their family retire ?
13. How is this good mother employed? 29. What is the chief blessing they 14. How is this christian father em- pray for to their children ? ployed ?
30. Repeat the warm wishes of the bard 15. Repeat the several portions of the in regard to his dear native land. father's advice to them.
31. Can there be a fairer sight on earth 16. What is every one's duty morning than a family joining in the worship of and night?
God ? 17. After supper in what holy exercise 32. May not those families expect a do they engage?
peculiar blessing that raise the family 18. Describe the father as he holds the altar ? Bible before him.
33. Who will quote Joshua xxiv, 15. to 19. In what way do they sing God's me? praises ?
dicěre. As-sume', v................suměre. Tran-si'tion, n............ire. Mortal, adj..
....mors. Sub'urb, ņ................. urbs.
Portal, n... .......
porta. Pro-tec'tion, no..... tegěre. Clois'ter's, n.............
..clauděre. Se-cluʼsion, no.............Clauděre. Re-mem'brance, no...... memor. Rap'ture, n............... rapěre. Ex-pan'sion, no..... .panděre. Im-pet'u-ons, adj petěre. Sanc'ti-fy-ing, part......sanctus.
THERE is no flock, however watched and tended,
But one dead lamb is there !
But has one vacant chair!
The air is full of farewells to the dying,
And mournings for the dead ;
Will not be comforted !
Let us be patient! These severe afflictions
Not from the ground arise,
Assume this dark disguise.
Amid these earthly damps,
May be heaven's distant lamps.
This life of mortal breath
Whose portal we call Death.
Bnt gone unto that school
And Christ himself doth rule.
In that great cloister's stillness and seclusion,
By guardian angels led,
She lives, whom we call dead.
Day after day, we think what she is doing
In those bright realms of air ;
Behold her grown more fair.
The bond which nature gives,
May reach her where she lives.
1 Rachel, see Jeremiah xxxi, 15. and Matt. ii, 18.
2 Elysian, of or belonging to Elysium. Elysium, in ancient mythology, was a place assigned to the pious souls after death, furnished with rich fields, groves, shades, streams, &c.; the seat of happiness. Heaven.
Not as a child 1 shall we again behold her,
For when with raptures wild
She will not be a child ;
Clothed with celestial grace ;
Shall we behold her face.
And though at times, impetuous with emotion
And anguish long suppressed,
That cannot be at rest,
We may not wholly stay;
The grief that must have way. Longfellow. 1. Is there any family that escapes the
10. In what circumstances was she visit of death ?
there? 2. What have you to tell me about 11. Do the sorrowing parents ever think Rachel ?
about her ? 3. Who are represented by her ?
12. What thoughts about their daughter 4. What are severe afflictions to the often pass through their mind ? believer in Christ?
13. What mean you by the “bond which 5. Do we see things clearly in our nature gives” ? present imperfect state ?
14. What do the parents expect she will 6. What does the poet call Death ? have become before they meet her in 7. What does he call our present state heaven ? of existence ?
15. Is there any word in Scripture to 8. Where was his young daughter now, countenance such an idea? who had been snatched from them by the 16. Though a Christian feels deeply the hand of Death ?
loss of those he loves, need he despair ? 9. What mean you by the great cloister? 17. What do you mean by “sleeping in
XXXII.-THE VILLAGE PREACHER.
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..docēre. Va'grant, adj. .....vagari.
Fawn, v. Re-lieved', v....... ..levare.
Al-lured', v. De-spair', n....... •sperare.
En-dear'ment, n. Ven'er-a-ble, adj..... .venerari.
New-fledged', adj. Pre-vail, v............... ..valēre.
1 “Not as a child," - see, Isaiah lxv, 20. and 1 Cor. xiii, 11.