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And thou that brighter home to bless,

Concerning the condition of our children Thou wast so like a form of light,

That heav'n benignly call'd thee hence, after death, we are permitted to entertain E'er yet the world would breathe one blight,

O'er thy sweet innocence. the most delightful hopes. They not only live though they are dead, but they live Art pass'd with all thy loveliness. in a state of the highest holiness and bliss. After a separation, more or less short, They are exempt from the trials and temp- you will be re-united with your child again. tations that beset them here. There they David said, concerning his deceased endure no pains - they shed no tears— child, “I shall go to him, but he shall not they utter no groans. There they are return to me." He will not return to you chilled by no winter's cold, and parched on earth, but you can go to him in heaven. by no summer's heat. There no mephitic You can yet go to his coffin that contains vapors poison the atmosphere, or carry | his body, and weep over his corpse, but it with them disease and death—and no will not awaken nor return to you. You mortal body is there to suffer the thou- / will go to his grave and plant the flower, sand ills that flesh is heir to. No death- and shed the tear of affection there, but he bed scenes are there, where children will not return to you. You will lie down struggle in convulsive throes; and no by his side at last, and sleep in a grave mother there bends with bursting, break- near to his, and thus you will go to him, ing heart over a dying babe. There “God but he will not return to you. But there shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, is a higher and nobler sense in which you and there shall be no more death, neither will go to him. The humble believer in sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be Christ, who trusts in the atonement of any more pain." Your child is now with Jesus-partakes of his Holy Spirit and the blest ones in heaven. It is a com- walks in the way of his commandments, panion of angels--itself an angel too. It will ascend at death to the regions of the is clad in light, and arrayed in immor- blessed, and become an associate with the tality. Its countenance radiates with the holy angels. The spirit of your child is highest happiness and love. Its heart an inhabitant of bliss, for Jesus has said, swells with unutterable gladness and joy. “Of such is the kingdom of God.” It is Its voice is attuned to the song of the now an angel in heaven. You may then redeemed as it is wafted to the throne of rejoin it there. A life of faith, and piety, God from the lips of myriads of happy and holiness, will bring you to it. In due spirits 1 ke itself, who went before it to time, when God in his providence shall disthe skies. It has made a blessed ex-solve the connection between your bodies change. It has left behind all sorrow, and souls, and release you from earth, you and all cause of sorrow, and ascended to shall ascend to the presence of your child. the regions of life and bliss, where peace, | You will meet it again. You have parted and rest, and glory, and pleasures for from its spirit, and you will now part evermore are prepared for it by the Fa- from its body, but you will meet it again. ther's hand that has borne it hence. It will rise again. Death cannot hold the Surely when we take this view of the occupant of the grave for ever. It will case, and look at it in the light which come forth—“This corruption having put the Gospel throws upon it, we may ex- on incorruption, and this mortal having change the doleful notes in which we de- put on immortality.” You will again press scribed hope destroyed, for the joyful tones it to your hearts in everlasting re-unionin which we would sing of hope restored. there, where the parting tear is never shed, No bitter tears for theo be shed,

and the parting pang is never felt. The Blossom of being, seen and gone! With flowers alone we strew thy bed,

present parting, though painful-for even O blest departed one!.

short separations are painful-is yet not Whose all of life & rosy ray, Blush'd into dawn and passed away.

final. You will go to him. Your meeting

will be a joyful and happy one. You will | anxious soul in the boldest and most glowknow and recognize him, and be with him ing prayer. Words passed through his for ever. You will meet him not in sor- soul and crossed his lips which, coming row and pain—not on a sick bed, nor as from another mouth, might be condemned a corpse—but you will meet him as a as blasphemy, but which in him arose smiling, holy, happy spirit - a bright from the very depth of a sublime concherub arrayed in the glories of immor- fidence in God, and from an unconditional tality. Let this gracious assurance com- | faith in the Scriptures. “This time I befort you. Let it reconcile you to the pain sought the Almighty with great vigor; I of parting from him now. Think not of attacked him with his own weapons, quothope destroyed, but of hope restored. You ing from Seripture all the promises I could will, therefore, resign the dear body of remember, that prayers should be granted, your child to the grave without a murmur, and said that he must grant my prayer, if having the assurance that you will receive I was henceforth to put faith in his prohim again. His flesh shall rest in hope, mises." He then took the hand of the and you will cherish and insure the hope, sick man, saying, “Be of good courage, that at your death you will go to him, Philip, thou shalt not die; although the never to part again.

Lord might see cause to kill, yet wills he

not the death of the sinner, but rather LUTHER AT THE SICK BED OF that he should turn to him and live! MELANCTHON.

God hath called the greatest sinners unto (See Frontispiece.)

mercy; how much less then will he cast I UTHER by the side of the suffering off thee, my Philip, or destroy thee in sin 1 Melancthon, raising the almost broken and sadness! Therefore, do not give way spirit of the sick man with the powerful to grief; do not become thine own murwords of life, was a most touching illus- derer, but trust in the Lord, who can kill tration of Luther's faith and power in and bring to life, who can strike and heal prayer. Melancthon had suddenly fallen again.” Melancthon would rather have sick at Weimar, while on his way to the passed away in sleep to eternal peace, monastery at Hagenau. Presentiments ! than have returned to earthly strife; but of death had accompanied him thither; the spiritually powerful words of Luther and a mental affection, which undermined recalled him. “No, no, Philip! thou must his strength, threatened the speedy disso serve the Lord our God still further!” lation of the almost exhausted powers of He recovered; “recalled from death unto life ;-his delicately strung mind was tor- life,” he says himself, “by divine power;" mented by the bitterest pain that can assail and Luther rejoicingly said, “He would a poor mortal; he was at war with himself, I bring back the Magister Philip, with the for his conscience could not find rest from help of God, from the grave to cheerthe reproach that he had not resisted more fulness.” heroically the desires and demands of the Landgrave of Hesse, and had thus, it might Every tree, be it cedar or blackthorn, be said, sanctioned, in part at least, a pub- can harbor its singing bird ; and few are lic slight offered to the evangelical church. the homes in which, from nooks least sus

At the call of the Elector, Luther and pected, there starts not a music. Kreuziger came to him; the former saw with terror the corpse-like form of his

There is much virtue which is like the friend, the failing eyes, the fleeting sense.juice of the grape, which has to be squeezed "God preserve me!” he cried, “how has before you can get it: not like the generous the devil destroyed this organon!—and drop of the honey comb, distilling willingly turning to the window, he poured out his and fresh.—Spurgeon's Sermons.

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THE ASCENSION FROM MOUNT OLIVET-A SABBATH DAY'S JOURNEY

FROM JERUSALEM.
SACRED LOCALITIES.* over which a portion of the monumental
BY DR. J. T. BARCLAY.

church of the Empress Helena still stands, TNEW spots in all the domain of sacred is only about one thousand and thirty-five T topography are more interesting to yards, or rather more than half a mile the Gentile believer than the place of the from St. Stephen's Gate, by the path usuassumption: and although we are entirely

ally traveled, and the same distance from dependent upon a few merely allusive

the “Golden Gate” in the Haram wall, paragraphs in the Scriptures for all we

now closed. Now this is only half the usual know concerning this interesting spot,

estimate of a Sabbath-day's journey, and yet fortunately the language is so specific considerably less than the smallest comthat its location can be ascertained with putation made upon any data whatever. great certainty. From this indisputable We must, therefore, look for some spot on authority we learn that the spot whence

Mount Olivet, thus distant from the wall the Saviour ascended on high was on

of Jerusalem: and several such places can Mount Olivet;that it was not only on be found, both north and south of the prethis mountain but from a portion of it sent traditionally accredited station. But lying a Sabbath-day's journey from Jeru- the sacred narrative requires that it should salem; and that it was “as far as to Be- be not only a Sabbath-day's journey, but thany,(Luke sxiv. 50.) Now the place “as far as to Bethany”—“even unto Beto which tradition awards the honor of thany”—“EWS ELS Broavias.” Now, it so being the last to receive the impress of happens that there is not a more decidedly our Divine Master's feet, is on Mount Oli- marked prominence on all Mount Olivet vet, it is true (and so are many other ele- than the hill impending over the ancient vations just as eligible;) but is neither“as “City of Dates,” to the top of which is far as to Bethany,” nor is it a “Sabbath-exactly one mile from St. Stephen's Gate, day's journey from Jerusalem.” The spot the present place of egress from the city now venerated as the place of ascension, to Bethany, and from the Golden Gate

also in the ancient Temple wall. The • The illustrations are taken from the splendid work, “The City of the Great King." For sale at the Lutheran

secluded shelter afforded by one of the Publication llouse. See advertisement on cover.

of this sterile, desolate eminence is just except perhaps a small portion of Mount such a retired spot as it might be sup- Zion. Here a meeting with His disciples posed the great Teacher would select for would have been altogether in consonance the delivery of his last charge to the with the custom he seems to have observed Apostles — sufficiently retired yet easily after his resurrection-of appearing only accessible. It may be objected, however, to his disciples, and to them only in the that this spot is not "even unto Bethany” recesses of mountains, on the retired sea—the town lying about five hundred yards shore, or in closed rooms. But such rebelow. But may not the evangelist have tirement could never be found in such a meant the boundary of Bethany, instead fertile, prominent, and public spot as that of the village itself? Such a view of the now regarded as the place of ascension. matter would amply satisfy the demands of It is not a little singular, that a spot posthe case. But still I incline to the opinion sessing so fully all the requisites indicated that Luke meant either the village itself or by the case, should never before have been its immediate suburbs. And fragments regarded as the place of ascension. So of columns lying about the remaining satisfactorily demonstrable is the proposifoundations of houses in the scarped rock tion, that I never feel better assured of just below the south-east brow of the hill, occupying ground once trodden by the which is here rather precipitous, indicate adorable Redeemer, than when I am here; that the suburbs of Bethany once extended unless it may be, when passing over the rather farther towards Jerusalem in this narrow neck of land which connects this direction than at present, so that the tra- elevation with the main body of Olivet; veler on foot would alınost reach it at the for over this thin isthmus, where all the end of a mile; while to go around the varying paths between Jerusalem and broad road, he must travel nearly two Bethany necessarily become coincident, miles, for the distance is as of old, just he must have passed many an evening fifteen furlongs. In the expression "Ews and morning in journeying between the ELS Broaviav,” Luke therefore would ap- two places, as his custom was. It is thus pear to exhibit his usual accuracy of perceived that the physical features of the diction, instead of having committed a neighborhood singularly concur with the serious blunder, as some conclude that testimony of the inspired eye-witness, to this heaven-guided historiographer has prove that in this instance (as well as in done. How preposterous is the idea others when tested by reason and Revelaentertained by some of the out-and-out tion) oral tradition is as groundless and advocates of tradition—that the suburbs

| unreliable as the “baseless fabric of a of the village of Bethany should extend vision;" for if Luke knew any thing of three-fourths of the way to Jerusalem the matter, it is utterly impossible that thus making the suburbs of the capital the site pointed out by the finger of tradionly one-fourth as extensive as those of a tion can be the true place of the ascension. little village! The summit whence I cannot Perhaps there is not, on all the wide but believe the Redeemer to have ascended earth, another Sabbath-day's journey so on high, is within a hundred yards of the richly suggestive of the future, or so redirect foot-path leading from Jerusalem to plete in soul-stirring reminiscences of the Bethany, but yet is quite retired and out of past, as the foot-path from the Holy City the way. Instead of being conspicuously to the Mount of Ascension. situated, and in full view of all Jerusalem, American Christian Mission - Perched like the site now reputed the place of as- upon a bold, rocky promontory of Mount. cension, it is entirely out of view of the Zion, at an elevation of ninety-one feet present city, and could never have been above the present level of the Tyropoean, seen from any part of ancient Jerusalem, is a cluster of rudely-constructed houses,

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now occupied as the premises of the Ame- | the city. But not only did Herod Agrippa rican Christian Mission. This spot is (called king) have his magnificent palace on undoubtedly one of the most notable lo- this identical spot, but also built by its side calities about the Holy City, though here- another for his beautiful but meretricious tofore it has failed to attract the attention sister, Berenice, so unsparingly satirized by not only of tourists and pilgrims, but of Juvenal, before both of whom, as well as professed antiquarians and topographers. Festus, Felix and Drusilla, Paul delivered

This lofty cliff was the great bulwark of his celebrated address at Cæsarea. Here the ancient city of the Jebusites, being un- also, was the famous hall “for feasting and questionably the “stronghold” of Zion, compotations," to which the great Jewish where King David was so derided by the historian and priest thus alludes : “King king of Jebus in the taunting language of Agrippa built himself a very large dininginsult and defiance—“Except thou take room in the royal palace in Jerusalem, near away the blind and the lame, thou shalt to tho portico.” And truly it was a most denot come in hither-thinking David cannot lightful prospect. The beautiful, purplish, come in bither."

chatoyant mountains of Moab and Ammon This commanding situation must ever bounding a part of the horizon at the dishave been a very important one, whether tance of twenty-five or thirty miles; the in the possession of heathen, Jew or Chris-hallowed ridge of Olivet forming the retian; and accordingly we learn from Jo- mainder at the distance of a mile. Then, sephus that it was successively the site of only one hundred and fifty yards distant the royal palaces of the Davidian, Asmo- was the gorgeous Temple, “exceeding magnean, and Herodian dynasties of Israel. - nifical, and of fame and glory throughout Herod the Great, however, required a lar- all countries,” crowning Mount Moriah. ger area for the display of his magnificent The deep gorge of the Tyropæon, at that designs; and hence he erected another, and time, perhaps, about two hundred feet beperhaps still more sumptuous palace near low the palace, adorned by the magnificent the Tower of Hippicus, (which he seems Xystus Porticos which lay below—the towmainly to have occupied,) on the site of the ering Castle of Antonia loomed aloft on the present splendid Anglican Church and north and on the right were Ophel, Kedron, Consulate-quite on the opposite side of Siloam, En-rogel, &c. Immediately adja

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