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A HYMN.
Love between Brothers and Sisters.
WHATEVER brawls disturb the street,

There should be peaee at home,
Where Sisters dwell and Brothers meet,

Quarrels should never coine. Birds in their little nests agree;

And 'tis a shameful sight,
When children of one family

Fall out and chide and fight.
Hard names at first, and threat’ning words,

That are but noisy breath,
May grow to clubs and naked swords,

To murder and to death.
The devil tempts one Mother's Son

To rage against another;
So wicked Cain was hurried on

Tiủl he had kill'd his brother.
The wise will let their anger cool,

At least before 'tis night ; But in the bosom of a fool,

It burns till morning light. Pardon, O Lord, our childish rage,

Our little brawls remoye ; That as we grow to riper age, Our hearts may all be love.

Watis. LECTURE

REBEKAH'S NURSE.

Gen 35. 8. But Deborah, Rebekah's nurse,

died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak.

IT is very remarkable that only three nurses are mentioned in the Bible. The first is Rebek ah's nurse

The second is the nurse of Mephiboshethi “He was but five years old when his father and grandfather" were killed.” His nurse heard of the Victory which the Philistines had gained over the Israelites. Saul and Jonathan were slain in battle. Mephibosheth was the sou of Jonathan. As soon as the nurse heard the news, she was afraid they would send a party of men to the house of Jonathan to kill his son, because he was next heir to the crown. She took up the child in her arms and was hastening with him to some place of safcty, but making more haste than good speed, she fell, by which means either the child's ancle bones were broken or put out

of

of joint, so that he was lame for the rest. of his life.

The third was the nurse of. Joash, who was taken by his aunt wlien he was only a year

old and concealed with his purse in one of the chambers of the temple for six years, so that by this we may suppose there were but few nurses among the Jews.

Let us then proceed to speak of Rebekah's Nurse, I shall notice. Her NAME, CHARAC TER, OFFICE, DEATH and BURIAL.

1. Her NAME, and CHARACTER,

Her name. Deborah means a Bee. A little in. sect that is very industrious. Nurses must be jódustrious, for they have generally plenty of work to do. - At least I know that nurses in England have not much time to spare. The character of Deborah seemed to have been such as to have gained not merely the respect, but the love of: all Jacob's family. When Rebekah was grown up to years of maturity, she was still kept in the family. of Bethuel. She went with Rebekah to Abraham's dwelling place and ap, pears to have remained witla Rebekah till her

death.

death. Jacob seems to have paid a visit to his father, and finding that his mother Rebekah was dead and her nurse advanced in years, he took her into his own family. She must have been dear to Pachel and Leah on many accounts, having lived in their father's family, she was no doubt much res, peeted and beloved by them. They were able to repay her, services by their kinda ness, and attention to her in her old age. There is nothing recorded concerning her from the time she left Padan-aram with Rebekah till she died. She seems to have been a worthy character, or else there would not have been so much we ping at her death as to give a name to the place where she was buried.

II. Her OFFICE.

This seems to have been that of attending on Rebekah in the capacity of a friend and companion. It is said “ That when circumstances compel the Egyptian women to take a nurse, she is not looked

a stranger. She becomes part of the family, and passes the rest of her life in the midst of the children she has suckled.

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apon as

She is honoured and cherished like a second mother."

A nurse in an Eastern family is a person of the greatest importance. It is scarcely possible where there are children to do with out one.

Sometimes three or four are kept in the same family. They are of two kinds or classes. Wet nurses who are called Dai's, and Nurses for children that are past infancy who are weaned from the breast, these are called Ayahs. Their wages are from 6 to 8 or 10 rupees per month. A Dai receives hur food and clothes and jewels to the amount of 50 or 100 rupees. Modern tra. vellers inform us that in Syria they are considered as a kind of second parent. That the nurse accompanies the Bride to the house of her husband, and remains there ever afterwards as a useful and honoured person. They are held in the highest estimation and considered as entitled to a constant and lasting regard. There are various kinds of nurses in England. Some attend on persons who are

sick.

* Harmer's Observations, 4th vol. p. 287.

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