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Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the Sabbath day. 4 Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such mira
cles ? And there was a division among them. They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes ? He said, He is a prophet. But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the paents of him that had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? How then doth he now see ? His parents answered them
and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was 5 born blind ; but by what means he now seeth, we know
not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not; he is of age, ask him : he shall speak for himself. These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews : for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue Therefore said his parents, He is of age, ask him. Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise : we know that this man is a sinner.
He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I 6 know not : one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind,
now I see. Then said they to him again, What did he to thee ? how opened he thine eyes? He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear : wherefore would ye hear it again? Will ye also be his disciples ? Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples. We know that God spake unto Moses; as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is. The man answered and said unto them, Why, herein
is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence ho is, 7 and yet he hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that
God heareth not sinners : but if any man be a worshipper of God and doeth his will, him he heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing. They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us ?' And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out : and when he had found him, he said unto him,
Dost thou believe on the Son of God ? He answered and 8 said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And
Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee'. And he said, Lord, I believe: and he worshipped him.
And Jesus said, For judgment I am co.ne into this world ; that they which see not might see, and that they which see, might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also ? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin : but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
As when from mountain tops, the dusky clouds
Scowls o'er the darkened landscape, snow or shower ; , If chance the radiant sun with farewell sweet,
Extend his evening béam,—the fields revive,
And muttered of his hardships :-“I have been
Have heard the warning voice of the lee-shore 2 Speaking in breakers ! Ay, and I have seen
The whale and sword-fish fight beneath my bows ;
But never yet, upon the stormy wave,
3 Cat-head, or beain, or davit has it none;
Starboard nor larboard, gunwale, stem nor stern!
I have of láte (but wherefore I know not) lost all my mirth, foregone all customs of exercises, and indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition, that this goodly frame the earth, seems to me a sterile promontòry; this most excel lent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o’erhanging firmamènt, this majestic roof, fretted with golden fire-why it appears no other thing to mé, than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapors. What a piece of work is màn! How noble in reason ! how infinite in faculties! in form and mov ing, how express and admirable ! in action, how like an angél ; in apprehension, how like a Gòd! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals ! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust ? Man delights not me.—Shakspeare.
* The Bridgeport paper of March, 1823, said: “ Arrived, schooner Fame, from Charleston, via New London. While at anchor in that harbor, during the rain storm on Thursday evening last, the Fame was run foul of by the wreck of the Methodist meeting-house from Norwich, which was carried away in the late freshet.”
Passages selected from the Bible. 1 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all
the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory : And before him shall be gathered all nations : and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the king say unto them on his right hand, Come ye blessed of my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world : For I was an hungered
and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink :I 2 was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me:
I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in ? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily, I say unto you, Inasmuch as have done it unto one of the least of
these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall 3 he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye
cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels : For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat : I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink : I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not : sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did 4 it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And
these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others : Twomen went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself: God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this
publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that 5 I possess. And the publican standing afar off, would not lift so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon
his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other : for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way-side begging; and hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And
they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he 6 cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.
And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace : but he cried so much the more, Thoù son of David have mercy on me.
And Jesus stood and commanded him to be brought unto him; and when he was come near, he asked him, saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight : thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.
Education of Knights and their Induction into the
Order-JAMES. 1 VERY soon after the first institution of Chivalry, every one became covetous of the distinction, and it naturally followed that the object of each boy's aspirations, the aim of every young man's ambition, was one day to be a knight. Those, however, who had already received the order, were scrupulously careful to admit none within its fellowship who might disgrace the sword that dubbed them ; and knighthood gradually became as much the reward of a long and tedious education, as the bonnet of the doctor or
the stole of the clerk. 2 Till they reached the age of seven years the youths, af
lerwards destined to arms, were left to the care of the females of the household, who taught them the first principles of re