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MULTUM IN PARVO.
There is a three-fold knowledge of God :-Ist. Natural from his works—2d. Literal from his word—3d. Spiritual, from his Spirit.
The ancient hieroglyphic for God, was the Figure of an eye upon a sceptre, to denote that he sees and rules all things.
An infidel conversing with a plain honest Christian, and thinking to silence by banter, and knotty questions, asked him, “What his God was ?" He answered, “ A Spirit !” He then inquired, “ How large he was ?” He replied, “So large as to fill immensity, and yet so small as to dwell in an humble and contrite heart!"
A believer has matter enough for converse with God, to wear out time, and fill up eternity.
A family without prayer, is like an house without a roof, exposed to all the injuries of the weather, and to every storm that blows.
AN AWFUL WORD.
A lady having spent the evening in gay company and cards, when she came home, found her servant reading a pious book; she looked over her shoulder and said, "Poor melancholy soul, what pleasure canst thou find in reading that book.”
That night the lady could not sleep, but lay sighing and weeping very much. Her servant asked her what was the matter. At length she burst into a flood of tears, and said, “O! it was one word I saw in your book that troubles me; there I saw the word eternity. O, how happy should I be, if I was prepared for eternity.” The consequence of the impression was, that she laid aside her cards, forsook her gay company, and set herself seriously to prepare for another world.
THE FARMER'S FAITH FOR ME! The late King of Sweden was under great impressions of spiritual religion for some time before his death. A peasant being once on a particular occasion, admitted to his presence, the king knowing him to be a person of
singular piety, asked him, “ What he took to be the true nature of faith." The peasant entered deeply and experimentally into the subject, and much to the king's comfort and satisfaction. The king, at last, lying on his death-bed, had a return of his doubts and fears as to the safety of his soul, and still the same question was perpetually in his mouth to those about him, “what is real faith.” His attendants advised him to send for the Archbishop of Upsal, who coming to the king's bed-side, he, in a very learned and logical manner, entered into the subject, and especially into a scholastic definition of faith. The prelate's disquisition lasted an hour, and when it was done, the king said with much energy,
“All this is ingenious, but not comfortable—this is not what I want; nothing after all but the farmer's faith will do for me.”
How sweet the moon extends her cheering ray,
O Christianity! thou charm divine,
With thee, the Christian joys to lose his breath, Nor dreads to find his mortal strength decay;
But dear in friendship, shakes the hand of death, And hugs the pain that gnaws his life away.
Beauty, how changing and how frail,
As skies in April showers,
Or as the morning flowers.
As summer's gales, so beauty flies ;
So beauty's tender blossom dies.
People of the living God,
We turn to Babylon-a city to which the traditions of history give an almost unrivalled interest. Its site is occupied by the modern town of Hillah. Here, over a space extending five or six miles in every direction, are spread the undoubted remains of that ancient "glory of nations,” which none of the proud capitals of the ancient world ever rivalled in magnitude and the grandeur of its structures ; and which is rendered still more imposing by the awful antiquity to which its origin ascends. It owed its foundation, or at least its splendour, to Semiramis. Large additions were subsequently made, especially by Nebuchadnezzar. Babylon was thus the work of successive ages. The magnitude assigned to it by ancient writers is so immense as to stagger belief. According to one account, the area within the walls was upwards of 72 square miles, or nearly three and a half times that of London
with all its suburbs ! According to another calculation, it was 188} square miles, OR NINE TIMES THAT OF LONDON !! The population has been proportionately estimated at 5,000,000, or nearly treble that of London : but this is upon the supposition that the two cities resembled each other in structure, as well as in size, which was not the case. Babylon was an inclosed district, rather than a regular city. Perhaps, on the whole, we may estimate the population at from 1,000,000 to 1,200,000. This supposition derives support from the fact that Seleucia, with a population of 600,000, is stated to have been about half the size of Babylon, in the days of her greatest glory.
But though a population at all commensurate to the magnitude of the city, calculated on a scale of European density, be thus improbable, it does not by any means follow, seeing the way in which the area was partially filled up, that the magnitude itself is to be disbelieved. Herodotus visited the city in person, and while it was still in tolerable preservation; and his account has been, with trivial exceptions, amply corroborated by the testimony of all succeeding writers, as well as by the investigations of modern travellers.
According to him, the city was built on both sides the Euphrates, and connected by a bridge. The streets were parallel, and the houses from three to four stories in height. It was surrounded by a deep and broad ditch, and by a wall of extraordinary dimensions, flanked with towers, and pierced by 100 gates of brass, 23 on each side. The walls were 365 feet high, and so broad, that six chariots might drive abreast along the top.
Among the structures, three were pre-eminent, and ranked among the Wonders of the Old World. One was the Palace, eight miles in circumference, enclosed within three successive walls ; the interior of which was covered | with paintings. Near it was the second wonder, that of the Hanging Gardens : these were raised, it is said, by Nebuchadnezzar, to gratify a Median queen, accustomed to the bold scenery of her native country, and disgusted with the tame uniformity of the Babylonian plain. Having