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Jews. The robe of the ephod, in the which God had denounced against those splendid dress of the high priest, was of who continued to reject him, says: this colour, and it appeared prominently

“ In that day the Lord will take away among the hangings of the tabernacle.

The bravery of their tinkling ornaments about In modern times, the whole dress of the their feet, Arab female of humble rank was of this And their cauls, and their round tires like the tint, ornamented with differently coloured

The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and needlework. Mr. Harmer supposes the the headbands, art of dying blue was discovered in

And the tablets, and the earrings,

The rings, and nose jewels, countries more to the east or south than

The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, Tyre, and that the dye had by no means

And the wimples, and the crisping pins,

The glasses, and ihe fine linen, become common in the days of Ezekiel ;

And the hoods, and ihe veils. while others think that some of the per And it shall come to pass, that, instead of sweet sons employed in the construction of the

smell, there shall be stink;

And instead of a girdle, a rent; tabernacle, and some of the Tyrians in And instead of well-set hair, baldness; the time of Solomon, seemed to have And instead of a stomacher, a girding of sack

cloth; the art of dyeing with blue. These blue

And burning instead of beauty.”—Isa. iii. 18-24. cloths were manufactured in remote countries; and to those who wore scarcely

Here Isaiah enumerated the articles anything but woollens and linens of the composing the female toilet in his day, natural colour, they formed very magni- and comparatively little alteration has ficent vestments. It does not appear,

been made by those Jewesses who are however, that the Jews ever wore gar- splendidly dressed in modern times in the ments wholly of this colour ; and perhaps countries of the east. The vice of paythey abstained from it as sacred and mys- ing too much attention to dress is, unterious, from its use about the tabernacle happily, not confined to the limits of and the temple, in the curtains, veils, and Asia; but, when a better knowledge of vestments belonging to these sacred edi what is really beautiful is spread abroad, fices. The blue, or hyacinth colour, was

and the mind and heart are brought unextracted from the cuttle-fish, which der a right influence, it will rapidly debears in Hebrew the same name with the tint, and was highly esteemed, especially among the Assyrians.

CHRIST IS GOD. The hykes, or blanket, as we should call it, was a loose but troublesome gar The following striking incident is taken ment, continually falling with its ends on from the Memoirs of Dr. Joseph Fletcher: the ground, so as to oblige the wearer to One morning he received a letter from be constantly tucking it up. A girdle one of the members of his church, stating was, however, used whenever the wearer that a neighbour of his, an intelligent was about to engage in any active em man, professedly a sceptic, was apparently ployment. Under this garment many very near his end ; and though he refused wore a close-bodied frock, or tunic, with to see any other Christian visitor, was or without sleeves, differing probably but willing—he could scarcely say wishful-to little from the coat of our Saviour, which see Dr. Fletcher, whom he had seen, and

was without seam, woven from the top once heard, and whom he thought a sinthroughout,” John xix. 23. The fisher's

Dr. F. went, as requested, in coat with which Peter girded himself was the afterpart of the day, before the doubtless a similar article of apparel. prayer-meeting at Stepney, and was so The girdle was usually of worsted, art much overcome by the interview as to be fully woven into a variety of figures, and almost unfitted for that service. On entermade to fold several times round the ing the chamber of this apparently dying body; while one end, being doubled sceptic, he beheld the attenuated form of back, served as a purse,--and this plan one who had been a tall, athletic man, was so generally adopted, that when a struggling under the ravages of a disease Roman said, “ I have lost my girdle,” he at once the most painful and incurable. meant his purse. To loose the band and Dr. F. commenced by some kind inquigive it to another was a mark of peculiar ries respecting his disease ; after suggestregard and love, and David received one ing some little things calculated to soothe from the hands of Jonathan as an his pain, and, in his own peculiar way, expression of cordial affection.

pressing his sympathy, alluded to the sufIsaiah, when declaring the punishments ferings of Christ, who died for us, and


cere man.


gave himself a ransom for sinners; who, clude this most remarkable interview by equal with the Father, and one with prayer, and a promise to renew his visit him, humbled himself, and became obe- next day: referring him, before he left, to dient unto death, even the death of the some suitable portions of Scripture on cross, that, through his blood, we might which to rest bis faith and his hope. The have peace with God. Hearing this, the next day he found him propped up in dying man said, “Sir, I do not believe bed, literally a new man," with all the that; I wish I could, as my dear wife eagerness of a hungry man seeking to be does there : she believes all you say.” fed with the bread of life,” and yet, “Well,” said Dr. F.,," but you say you with all the simplicity of a child, trusting wish you could, and that is a great point in the promises of God, which are "yea towards attaining it, if you are sincere. and amen in Christ Jesus." He candidly Now, what do you believe concerning confessed, that, though he had rejected Jesus Christ?“Why,” said he, very the gospel as unworthy of credit, he had inarticulately, “I believe that such a never before read it, which Dr. F. had man once lived, and that he was a very generally found to be the case with infidel good, sincere man; but that is all.” It objectors. The mind of this dying man was a principle with Dr. F., when reason seized upon each successive truth as it ing with unbelievers, if they acknow was unfolded to his enraptured view with ledged the smallest portion of truth, to an avidity indescribable. He almost formake it a position from which to argue got the previously insupportable sufferings with them. This mode he adopted in the of his body in the overwhelming expresent case, and said, “ You believe that perience he enjoyed of the love of Christ Jesus Christ was a good man-a sincere in his soul, and in proportion as his man. Now, do you think that a good bodily frame decayed, his faith triumphed. man would wish to deceive others ? or a He had one little girl, bis eldest child, sincere man use language which must capable of reading. He gave her a copy mislead?Certainly not,” said he. of the New Testament, with all the pas“ Then bow do you reconcile your admis- sages marked by his own hand, which sion that he was a good man with his bad been specially useful to him in the saying to the Jews, 'I and my Father are way of instruction or consolation; and

When they took up stones to kill he desired her, as the last request of her him, because he had made himself equal dying father, to read it daily, never to with the Father, he did not undeceive part with it, but to make its blessed conthem, but used language confirmatory of tents her guide through life, that they his Godhead; and he further said, "My might prove her comfort in death. After sheep hear my voice, and they follow me, this he desired that all his infidel books and I know them, and I give unto them might be committed to the flames beeternal life. Now, could any mere man fore his eyes, that the poison might be say, 'I give unto them eternal life? destroyed and the plague stayed. He Could any angel, even, however exalted ?" lived just one fortnight after Dr. F.'s first

-“Stop!” cried the dying man, with an interview, and every succeeding one was excited voice; “stop! sir, I never saw confirmatory of his hopes. this before; a new light breaks in upon me,---stop! sir.” Holding up his emaciated hand, as if fearing that a breath might obscure the new light breaking in upon his benighted soul, and with a countenance lighted up with a sort of preter Among the thousands and tens of thounatural expression, quite indescribable, sands of words of which our language is but with eyes intently fixed upon Dr. F., composed, there are many that have a after a short but most solemn pause, he much greater influence with us than exclaimed, the big tears rolling down others. Some produce but little emotion his almost transparent face, “Sir, you are or interest, while others are full of signia messenger of mercy, sent by God

him- ficance and power. I will refer to a few self to save my poor soul! Yes! Christ that call up within us pleasurable associis God, and he died to save sinners ! yes, ations. even me!” His feelings were so excited The word spring is extremely grateful, as to be almost too much for the poor surrounding us in a moment with imawasted body; and Dr. F. was so power- ginary fresh air, green leaves, blooming fully affected as to be only able to con- flowers, and singing birds. We see the




verdant fields and budding trees, smell, thereof,” cried out Elisha, when Elijah them, enjoy them, and revel in them. went up by a whirlwind into heaven; and The cheerful and beautiful creation ani- the exclamation arrests our very souls. mates and delights us, and puts a song of Few who have felt the kindly correcting, joy in our mouths, and a psalm of thanks- sustaining, and fostering influence of a giving in our hearts.

father, but must feel, at the name, someAs a tree shoots out into branches and what in the way that I have described. sprays without number, so the word books No sooner is the word oak spoken, spreads its numberless pleasant associa- thau it calls up in a moment before me a tions in our minds. At the sight or goodly park, wherein deer are quietly sound of the word, the books of our boy- cropping the herbage, and here and there hood, and those of after-days, that have an antlered stag proudly stalks along unwon our regard, are heaped and huddled der the trees, or among the withered fern. together in delightful confusion. Piles There stand in avenues the giant Anaks of juvenile works, in gay bindings, are of the forest, the aged oaks with enormixed with folios and quartos, and sober- mous trunks, stretching wide their spreadbacked, black-letter tomes. Histories, ing branches, rich in leaves of autumnal Travels and Voyages, Adventures, wood- brown and ruddy oak-balls. Yonder is cuts and engravings, appear endless. Nor the old turretted hall, partly hid, and is the Book of books forgotten-the Holy partly seen in the distance. The grey Scriptures of truth, the ever blessed word stones of which it is built are mossgrown, of the Most High.

and tell a tale of other times. Old sir The word riches is a dazzling word to Everard has long mouldered beneath the the eye and the heart, and though dif- marble pile in the chancel of the neighferent people attach to it different signifi- bouring church, and cations, with most it is a medley of fine estates, fine mansions, fine carriages, fine

There's rust on the trophied lance and sword

That rests in the ancient hall, horses, fine clothes, and fine jewels, with

And a spider has woven her web on the helm much money in the bank, many servants, That hangs on the western wall. and an opportunity of living in style, and enjoying life. Talk of living in style These old halls are, no doubt, goodly and enjoying life! Why, where is there dwelling-places, but they are but for a a lord or a lady in the land, who has half season. Look out! look out ! ye owners as much enjoyment as the wild roamers of halls and castles, for more enduring of the woods and lanes ? If I did not habitations, whose builder and maker is believe the Bible," said one, “I would God. close it at once for ever, join a gang of What family gatherings and friendly gipsies to-morrow, and so lead a merry greetings the word Christmas brings belife in the fields." That the rich are free fore us! We see the sparkling eyes from many cares to which the poor are of long-absent friends, and we feel the subject, is certain ; but that they are hearty shake of their hands, while the happier than others, is a belief which I warm glow of the cheerful hearth spreads am very much inclined to question. The through our conscious frames. Sometimes word of God would rather incline us to a it is a country scene that starts before us, contrary opinion. “Labour not to be and the farm-house, the hearty host, the rich,” Prov. xxiii. 4. “ Better is little plenteous board, the village church bewith the fear of the Lord, than great decked with mistletoe and holly, and the treasures and trouble therewith,” Prov. simple manners of the rustic throng, by xy. 16.

turns present themselves ! And their city Father is a word, with me, wondrously scenes of gathered relatives, and festive influential, nor can I think of it without board and carol singers, and schoolboys mingled reverence and filial affection. with Christmas pieces, and charities and “As a father pitieth his children,” says aged widows, occupy our thoughts, not Davidmand we feel the pity he describes. altogether unmingled with the remem

Hear, ye children, the instruction of a brance of Him who came “ to seek and father,” says Solomon-and we acknow- to save that which is lost.” ledge the authority with reverence. “I Where is there a heart, young or old, will arise and go to my father,” said the that is not in some degree affected by the poor prodigal, and his words thrill through word ocean? Who hears not at the word the heart. “My father! my father! the roar of the mighty deep, or sees not the chariots of Israel, and the horsemen the billows break on the sandy or pebbly

shore? Over the spirit of the young moon gliding silently through the heacomes a dream of white sails, blue-jackets, vens, and thought of the absent and the cabin-boys, porpoises, and foaming waves, loved, that were dear to our hearts ! The sunny islands, flying fish, coral reefs, word moonlight has in it much that is cocoa-nuts and macaws—sharks, ship- pensive and lonely; but it has also a wrecks, and savages; while with the more thousand pleasurable remembrances with mature prevail fleets, ships, merchan- profitable reflections. dize, voyages of discovery, storms in the Few words are more cheering and joyBay of Biscay and in the West Indies, ous than that of holiday, making, as it and a general sense of the presence of does, the eyes of the young sparkle with the world of waters--vast, restless, unfa- pleasant anticipations, and supplying the thomable--mysterious, awful, and su more advanced in years with agreeable blime.

remembrances. It speaks in a breath of

liberty, light-heartedness, hilarity, laughThe sea it is deep, the sea it is wide,

ter, and delight. Our thoughts of holiAnd it girdeth the world on every side; Oh! ancient, wide, unfathom'd sea,

day are social, and not selfish; for who Ere the mountains were God fashion'd thee." ever spends a holiday alone? Loved and

sprightly companions, cheerful sounds, What a rest, a peace, a repose there is and pleasurable and exciting scenes, are all in the word sabbath! The church bells associated with holiday. How many byappear not to break the stillness that gone seasons again start into being at reigns around, and the quietude is only the word, and what mirthful moments rendered more impressive by the solemn and hours of happiness rush onwards to voice of prayer, the arresting exhortation, occupy our thoughts ! and the burst of praise. The big, old Welcome is a warm and pleasant word. family Bible almost opens of its own ac Who is there that has not felt its sunny cord, and we read in the Old Testament, glow, and been gladdened by its plea“The law of the Lord is perfect, convert- surable influences? It seems a word ing the soul; the testimony of the Lord fashioned to express, in the briefest way is sure, making wise the simple,"—or, in possible, the kind cordialities of life. It the New, “All Scripture is given by in- dissipates doubt, confirms confidence, and spiration of God, and is profitable for imparts unmingled satisfaction. doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.'

A welcome should suddenly start

With emotions of joy and surprise; Mother is a word to which every bosom Triumphantly rush from the heart, responds. It finds its way to our hearts

And exultingly beam from the eyes. in our youth, and retains its hold upon us

The word country, in its rural signifiin our age. If fathers are looked up to

cation, is a source of unbounded pleasure, for precept, principle, and example, mothers are relied on for tenderness and presenting us at once with hills, valleys,

fields and brooks, heaths, lanes, woods, enduring affection. Fathers are strongholds of safety, mothers are sources of waterfalls, hospitable farm-houses and

goodly cheer. The word breathes of love and consolation. The word mother is as a soft and balmy breeze coming up

health, and ease, and roaming, and high from the valley, sweet, soothing, and

spirits, and happiness; and when it is

used to signify our native land, it stirs up grateful ; cooling the fevered brow, calm

within us a love of the spot that gave us ing the ruffled spirit, and tranquillizing the agitated heart. What voice was ever

birth. England is dear to our affections,— like the soft voice of a mother?

We love it in age, as we loved it in youth

The homestead of honours, religion, and truth. Nor is moonlight a word that has no influence on our minds and our hearts; May we estimate it more for its justice, for who has not wandered in the fields

generosity, and benevolence, than for its and the grove in the tranquil hour when riches and power, and ever desire that the bright beam and the deep shadow its goodness may eclipse its greatness have relieved each other! And who has and its glory. not stood on the sea-shore at eventide, Sunshine is a very influential word, when the silver flood of light from above and light and brightness appear to break has fallen on the wide-spread waters ! in upon us while it is uttered. It not We have, all of us, at some period of our only brings sunny skies before us, but lives, looked up from our casement, in creates also sunny thoughts. How often the lonely midnight hour, to the pale has sunshine scattered our cloud of cares,

added to the hoard of our enjoyments, Brave and terrible in arms, wise in and lit up our hearts as well as the earth their municipal laws, just in their civil and heavens. While noting down these relations, enlightened in their views of passing thoughts, I see, or fancy that I the public good, fond of their domestic see, a sunlit scene, and the bright beam hearths, and devotedly attached to their that is spread over the whole landscape wives and children, they were, nevertheglitterson the church weathercock, less, restless wherever they were located. sparkles in the running brook, and blazes Urged on, as if by some invincible force, like fire in the windows of the old hall. they had suffered, bled, fought, had con

And how sweetly does that dear word quered or had been defeated, till they home sink into our hearts, and blend with made their way from the Danube to the our affections !

Elbe, peopling the whole distance with There

may be many, very many, who their descendants. At length, the North talk and sing about

Sea checked their progress, and com“ Home ! sweet home !"

pelled their noblest families, for several

centuries, to locate themselves in East who have never enjoyed the tranquil Anglia, (the country between the Elbe peace and delightful luxury of a happy and the Weser,) and also in Anglia household; but to those who have, the word home is as music, soft and sweet, Sleswig, Holstein, Lunenburg, and Meck

Proper, comprehending the provinces of low and loud, cheerful and solemn by lenburg, while the whole of Saxony turns; calling forth pleasant remem

formed the base of their operations. brances, gentle affections, and holy as

From East Anglia they made many pirations. Blot out the word home, and I know not how you are to supply its piratical incursions on the coast of Albion, place, for palace will be but a paltry selves, after Rome had, in a great mea

till, being invited by the Britons themsubstitute.

sure, withdrawn its armies from this “ Home is home, be it never so homely.” island, to aid them to resist the Scots, I could go on in this way for some time, who had invaded them, the Anglo-Saxons but had much rather that the subject overcame both parties, and made themshould be pursued by my readers. After selves masters of the greater portion of pondering, then, a little on the words I the two kingdoms. Their posterity still have given you, see if you cannot add to form the staple of the population of the them a list of your own; and as, when you British Empire; while the name of their have done so, you may sum them up all, Saxon province, Angleland, is transay, more than all, a thousand times told, formed into England. Their intermingin the word heaven ; let heaven be your ling with various foreign races has not hope, your home, your desire, and your worn out the blood, nor greatly changed expectation. Seek it humbly! seek it the features or personal qualities derived heartily! seek it through Him who has from their Teutonic ancestors. said, “ I am the way !" and seek it with The pure descendants of that renowned all your soul !

race still inhabit the countries through which the stream of colonization passed till it reached the British shores; and the

river, which was their outlet, remains the The extensive forests, beautiful mea same as it has been for a thousand years. dows, and fertile fields, bordering on the It cannot surely be regarded without inriver Elbe, from where it empties itself terest by those who trace to these people into the sea, to the eastern extremities of their common origin; especially when it the duchies of the Lunenberg and Meck- is considered, that, though concentrated lenburg, were, about the fourth or fifth in the British isles, their onward course centuries, the dwelling-places of that re is in progress to the present day. The markable people who poured into Britain wide Atlantic has been left behind them and possessed themselves of the inherit- for ages; the Pacific Ocean beholds their ance of Boadicea in England, and Kenneth banners waving almost from every island; in Scotland. They were to be the color the Indian seas have opened to the keels nizers of the earth; and, possessing the of their vessels; and neither mountains, blessings of free institutions themselves, nor rivers, nor jungles, nor wild and they were filled with an insatiable thirst savage warriors, nor barriers, of whatever to impart, through whatever means, these description, have been able to stop them institutions to others.

“pushing to the ends of the earth."


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