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&c. inscribed with huge characters, but entire consent of the attitude of his whole really a small square wooden box, bound body, by this man's assumption of repose round the head by a leathern belt, and and dignity shown in his leaning back containing the written promises of the on the dewân. The fifth rabbi, an old, old dispensation. Such is the phylac- mild-visaged man, whose long white tery the second rabbi holds in one hand, beard, divided in two parts, falls nearly while he presses the other upon the to his girdle, sits more erect; his feet, wrist of his neighbour, and seems to be drawn up beneath him, are planted asserting that, whatever might be the flatly before. He holds a shallow glass nature of the reasonings of Christ, they vessel of wine in his hand that has been at least had these promises that were poured out by an attendant behind. written within the phylactery upon He looks at the reunion of the Holy which they might both rely.

Family, and suspends his drinking to Next comes another, in the prime of observe them. A sixth elder leans life, who, having entered eagerly into forward to look also, placing his hand the dispute with the Saviour, unrolls upon

the back of the dewan. The seventh the book of the prophecies of Daniel, and last is as distinct in character and whereby to refute the argument. He is action as all the rest are. Like the fifth, interested, disputatious, and sceptical ; he has an ink-horn in his girdle ; he is leans forward to speak passionately, half corpulent, self-satisfied, and sensuously impatient of the interruption caused by good-natured; he raises his hand from the entrance of Joseph and Mary, to his knee to express an interest in the which the attention of several of the transaction before him ; he sits crossother rabbis is given.

His feet are legged, and quite at ease, nevertheless. drawn up close beneath him upon the This individual completes the semidewân, a characteristic action of such a circle of the rabbis, and brings us again temperament when excited : those of to the figure of Christ. the elder rabbis are placed at ease upon Returning now to the other side of the floor, but with varying and appro- the picture : Immediately above the dispriate attitudes. There is a hard look putatious rabbi, and leaning against one upon this man's face-set passion in his of the gilded columns, is a youth holdmouth, resolute anger in his eye, and a ing a sistrum in his hand-one of the firm, sharp gripe of the hands upon the rings strung upon its wires about to roll he holds ; this is finely in keeping. drop from his fingers. He is handsome, Over his shoulder, from the second row, supercilious-looking, and fair-complexleans a musician, one of the house of ioned. Leaning upon his shoulder is Levi, speaking to him, and with pointed another youth, also a musician, bearing finger making a comment on the words a four-stringed harp; the face of the of Christ, at whom he is looking. The last is quite in contrast to that of his fourth rabbi, who is also concerned in companion, having an ingenuous sweetthis dialogue, wears a phylactery on his ness and gentleness of character about forehead. We presume Mr. Hunt in- it that is almost fascinating. Eagerly tended by this to indicate a supereroga- thrusting his face against the column, tion of piety in this individual, the and peering over the head of the last, is phylactery, in strict propriety, being a third youth, whose large, well-open only worn at time of prayer. He recounts eyes, broad features, and inquisitive look, the arguments, and, holding a reed pen support his active anxiety to see what in one hand, presses its point against a is going forward, admirably. finger of the other, as one does who is In the extreme distance of the vista anxious to secure the premises before he of columns, a money-changer is seen advances further. The overweening cha- weighing gold in a balance. A father racter of this man is thus indicated; let bas brought his firstborn to the Temple, the observer note how the artist makes accompanied by his wife, who bears the the action of each person to be with an child in her arms; the husband has across his shoulder the lamb of sacrifice, garment proper to Pharisees, of pure while a seller of lambs, from whom this white, except that worn by the chief, has just been purchased, counts the which is barred with broad and narrow price in the palm of one hand, and with bands of black upon the sleeves; a dress the other presses back an anxious ewe styled the “Tillith,” worn only when that would follow her offspring. In bearing the Torah, or rolls of the law. another part, a boy is seen with a long The most removed has his under-garscarf driving out the fugitive doves that ment amber-coloured, striped with blue, have entered the Temple. At the door, and a deep-blue robe beneath all. He a lame and blind beggar is chanting a that is about to drink wears an exquiprayer for alms.

site turquoise green-blue vest of sheeny Thus far we have spoken of the inci- texture, that gathers brightness in the dents of the design, the character and shade ; this is girt to him by a girdle expressions of the personages, and gene- of white and red. The young musicians ral appearance of this marvellous picture. wear green garments and turbans of rich We have endeavoured also to indicate crimson, and purple and green, harmowhat have been the artist's purposes niously blended so as to create exquisite and motives, and the difficulties of its clour. The roof of the Temple is gilt execution. It remains now to speak of like the columns, elaborately decorated the manner in which he has carried this with alternate pines, vine-branches, and out, especially in regard to the noble pomegranates, and lighted from without qualities of colour and drawing. For by small openings, filled with stained the last, let it suffice that the minutest glass. The door of the Temple, visible detail has been wrought out; the very over Joseph's head, bears plates of hamhands of the men are a perfect accom- mered gold riveted upon it; upon these paniment to their eyes and physical is discernible a great circle, from whose aspect; those of the oldest rabbi are centre radiates an ornament of papyrus pallid, full-veined, and slow pulses seem plant, the intersections filled with the to circulate in them. Mary's are ele- unopened buds of the same : guttæ of gantly slender-a little sunken, but very gold are drawn on the flat surface of the beautiful. Each fold in every garment door. The pavement of the Temple is is “accounted for," and duly studied of a deep-tinted marble, in broad veins from nature. The Virgin's dress is grey, of a palish blood-colour and white. dust-stained with travel. She has an It is now time to announce our conunder-garment of white, and a girdle, viction that Mr. Holman Hunt, who has whose red fringes show at the open side, ever been the steadfast centre of the tossed up with the eagerness of her Pre-Raffaelite movement, has in this actions. An elegant head-dress of white, noble work successfully laid down his striped with red, falls back on her idea of art; that by so doing he has put shoulders. Joseph's body-coat is like a crown on to his previous labours; and that of Christ, crimson and purple in that the result is likely to be a great extenvery narrow stripes ; over this is a brown sion of those principles—now, perhaps, and white burnoose, such as the Arabs for the first time fairly elucidated—to wear to this day. The provision for a which is mainly due the remarkable and journey, a row of figs, is strung to his inestimable advance that has of late years girdle. The rabbis have all the over- taken place in English art.



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This, this is Thou. No idle painter's dream
Of aureoled, imaginary Christ,
Laden with attributes that make not God;
But Jesus, son of Mary; lowly, wise,
Obedient, subject unto parents, mild,
Meek—as the meek that shall inherit earth,
Pure-as the pure in heart that shall see God.
() infinitely human, yet divine !
Half clinging child-like to the mother found,
Yet half repelling—as the soft eyes say
“How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not
That I must be about my Father's business ?”
As in the Temple's splendors mystical,
Earth's wisdom hearkening to the all-wise One,
Earth's closest love clasping the all-loving One,
He sees far off the vision of the cross,
The Christ-like glory and the Christ-like doom.

Messiah! Elder Brother, Priest and King,
The Son of God, and yet the woman's seed;
Enterer within the veil ; Victor of death,
And made to us first fruits of them that sleep;
Saviour and Intercessor, Judge and Lord, -
All that we know of Thee, or knowing not
Love only, waiting till the perfect time
When we shall know even as we are known-
() Thou Child Jesus, Thou dost seem to say
By the soft silence of these heavenly eyes
(That rose out of the depths of nothingness
Upon this limner's reverent soul and hand)
We too should be about our Father's business-
O Christ, hear us !

Have mercy on us, Jesus Christ, our Lord !
The cross Thou borest still is hard to bear;
And awful even to humblest follower
The little that Thou givest each to do
Of this Thy Father's business ; whether it be
Temptation by the devil of the flesh,
Or long-linked years of lingering toil obscure,

Uncomforted, save by the solemn rests
On mountain-tops of solitary prayer ;
Oft ending in the supreme sacrifice,
The putting off all garments of delight,
And taking sorrow's kingly crown of thorn,
In crucifixion of all self to Thee,
Who offeredst up Thyself for all the world.
O Christ, hear us !

Our Father's business :-unto us, as Thee,
The whole which this earth-life, this hand-breadth span
Out of our everlasting life that lies
Hidden with Thee in God, can ask or need.
Outweighing all that heap of petty woes-
To us a measure huge—which angels blow
Out of the balance of our total lot,
As zephyrs blow the winged dust away.

O Thou who wert the Child of Nazareth,
Make us see only this, and only Thee,
Who camest but to do thy Father's will,
And didst delight to do it. Take Thou then
Our bitterness of loss,--aspirings vain,
And anguishes of unfulfilled desire,
Our joys imperfect, our sublimed despairs,
Our hopes, our dreams, our wills, our loves, our.all,
And cast them into the great crucible
In which the whole earth, slowly purified,
Runs molten, and shall run—the Will of God.
O Christ, hear us !



The future historian of the literature of he a pure physiologist ? His latest prothe nineteenth century will have con- ductions turn largely on physiological siderable difficulty in ticketing M. considerations; yet I suspect that a real Michelet according to his proper class physiologist will be as little disposed to and order. Is he to rank among the admit him for such, as a lawyer would historians ? He has

written many

deem him a jurist in virtue of his volumes of so-called histories, but volume “On the Origins of French which are generally valuable and in- Law.” Is he a political writer? His teresting precisely by that in them lectures had to be stopped by command which is not really historic. Is he a of Government; yet I doubt if even naturalist? He has taken to natural his invocation to the “Holy Bayonets history in later life; but his two pleasant of France" ever raised him in any one volumes on "The Bird,” and “The madcap's mind to the rank of a political Insect,” contain the blunders of a tyro, leader. Is he a philosopher? He cernor should I advise any student to tainly has translated the “Scienza assert anything as a fact in nature, Nuova” of Giambattista Vico; but I because M. Michelet has stated it. Is pity the man who should seek to evolve

a connected philosophy from his writings. universities those survivors of an Is he a theologian? a religious inno- earlier age, trained either by Jesuit or vator? He has seemed everything by Jansenist, before the first Revolution turns—at one time writing “ Luther's and Empire had deprived Frenchmen, Memoirs ;" at another professing his for a time, of the leisure to learn Greek, attachment to the “ poor old Catholic

-stood utterly aghast at the pranks of Church ;" at a third attacking Jesuitism a young professor of the Normal School, in the name of Voltaire ; at last setting who talked of Sanscrit poetry and up Egyptian mythology as the most Welsh triads ; quoted at first hand the perfect of religious symbols.

legendary romances of the middle ages; “ Unstable as water, thou shalt not gave extracts from Dante ; referred to excel." Reuben's lot seems to have Walter Scott; and constantly mixed up been his. With marvellous gifts of style, the experiences of the present with the an imagination of singular vivacity, narratives of the past. Still Michelet's active faculties of observation, occa- works,- although of course read with sional keen flashes of insight, very con- avidity wherever they were treated, or siderable and varied acquirements, quick supposed to be treated, as forbidden sympathies at once with the beautiful fruit,- did not bear their full effect at the and with the good, and the most sincere comparatively early age at which the desire for the welfare of his fellow-crea- ordinary French college is usually fretures,-with powers, in a word, sufficient quented. The school-boy in all counfor the creation of half-a-dozen master- tries is in general an essentially practical pieces, and much of that universal creature. He soon found that for schoaptitude which, if it be not genius lastic purposes for the cram of exitself, seems yet as it were the bulb out aminations-Michelet's works were of of which it springs,-M. Michelet has far less use to himn than much duller not produced, and I believe will not ones, but better stored with the right leave behind him, one single great work facts, and more methodically treated. -one really beautiful-one really good It was at a later age, and in that much one ; although he will leave few which higher theatre of the “Collége de are not replete with interest; not one France," where the vulgar stimulus of which does not present us with beautiful competition disappears, and the student thoughts, attractive pages, often chapters learns for the sake of learning, that the at a time.

brilliant eloquence of the man really Yet M. Michelet's influence over his took hold of the Parisian youth. Here generation in France has been consider- the variety at once, and the mobility of able, and has not ceased to be such. Michelet's mind—which will preserve Not a little, probably, on this account, for him a kind of youth even in his that few men have opened a greater dotage-seemed exactly to correspond number of new paths, for the time with the like qualities in his hearers. being, to their countrymen. He brought Here was a man who appeared to have back to them, from Italy, the great handled everything, looked into every. Neapolitan thinker, Vico. He was for thing, thought about everything, sympaFrance one of the first discoverers of thized with almost every human tenmodern Germany. He first, in his dency; who brought up the past into Roman History, popularized some of the pictures as living as those of the present; Niebuhrian views as to Roman origins. who yet was essentially a Frenchman, Older professors stood aghast ; the book and a Frenchman the nineteenth and its fellows were for a time nearly century, full of national prejudices and as much tabooed in the history classes national vanities, carried away with all of French colleges as a novel, or were the dominant impulses of the day. only used in otherwise desperate cases, Who can wonder that when he came to kindle an interest in the subject. to deliver, simultaneously with his colLearned men, the very pillars of the league, M. Quinet, his famous course

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