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and irrepressible flood of grief. The effect was inconceivable. The whole house resounded with the mingled groans, and sobs, and shrieks of the congregation.

It was some time before the tumult had subsided, so 60 far as to permit him to proceed. Indeed, judging by

the usual, but fallacious standard of my own weakness, I began to be very uneasy for the situation of the preacher. For I could not conceive, how he would be

able to let his audience down from the height to which 65 he had wound them, without impairing the solemnity

and dignity of his subject, or perhaps shocking them by the abruptness of the fall. But the descent was as beautiful and sublime, as the elevation had been rapid

and enthusiastic. 70 The first sentence with which he broke the awful

silence, was a quotation from Rousseau : “ Socrates died like a philosopher, but Jesus Christ, like a God ! !" Never before did I completely understand what Demosthenes meant by laying such stress on delivery.


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Joel .-1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain : let all the inhabitants of the land tremble : for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; 2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains : a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. 3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. 4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen so shall they run. 5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle-array. 6 Before their face the people shall be much pained; all faces shall gather blackness. 7 They shall run

like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks : 8 Neither shall one thrust another ; they shall walk every one in his path : and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. 9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses ; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. 10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble : the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: 11 And the Lord shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word : for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

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2 Samuel i.-17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul, and over Jonathan his son : 18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow : behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.) 19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places : how are the mighty fallen ! 20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon ; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. 21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain upon you, nor fields of offerings : for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil. 22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty. 23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided : they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions. 24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights; who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel. 25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle ! Q Jonathan, thou wast slain in thy high places. 26 I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan; very pleasant hast thou been unto me : thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women. 27 How are the mighty fallen and the weapons of war perished !

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All truth is from the sempiternal source
Of light divine. But Egypt, Greece, and Rome,
Drew from the stream below. More favour'd, we

Drink, when we choose it, at the fountain-head. 5 To thein it flow'd much mingled and defild

With hurtful error, prejudice, and dreams
Illusive of philosophy, so call’d,
But falsely. Sages after sages strove

In vain to filter off a crystal draught
10 Pure from the lees, which often more enhanc'd

The thirst than slak'd it, and not seldom bred
Intoxication and delirium wild.
in vain they push'd inquiry to the birth

And spring-time of the world ; ask'd, Whence is man? 15 Why form’d at all ? and wherefore as he is ?

Where must he find his Maker ? with what rites
Adore him ? Will he hear, accept, and bless ?
Or does he sit regardless of his works?

Has man within him an immortal seed ? 20 Or does the tomb take all ? If he survive

His ashes, where ? and in what weal or wo ?
Knots worthy of solution, which alone
A Deity could solve. Their answers, vague

And all at random, fabulous and dark,
25 Left them as dark themselves. Their rules of life,

Defective and unsanction'd, prov'd too weak
To bind the roving appetite, and lead
Blind nature to a God not yet reveal'd.

Tis Revelation satisfies all doubts,
30 Explains all mysteries except her own,

And so illuminates the path of life,
That fools discover it, and stray no more.
Now tell me, dignified and sapient sir,

My man of morals, nurtur'd in the shades 35 of Academus-is this false or true ?

Is Christ the able teacher, or the schools ?
If Christ, then why resort at ev'ry turn
To Athens or to Rome, for wisdom short

Of man's occasions, when in him reside
40 Grace, knowledge, comfort-an unfathom'd store ?

How oft, when Paul has serv'd us with a text,
Has Epictetus, Plato, 'Tully preach'd ?
Men, that, if now alive, would sit content

And humble learners of a Saviour's worth, 45 Preach it who might. Such was their love of truth, Their thirst of knowledge, and their candour too !

Cowper. 88. Daniel 9: 3-19.

Dan. ix.—3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes : 4 And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; 5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments : 6 Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. 7 O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day : to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are afar off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee. 80 Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. 9 To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against him; 10 Neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. 11 Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is pour

ed upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him. 12 And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil : for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem. 13 As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us : yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth. 14 Therefore hath the Lord watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us : for the Lord our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth : for we obeyed not his voice. 15 And now, O Lord, our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.

16 O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain : because for our sins and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us. 17 Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake. 18 O my God, incline thine ear, and hear ; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name : for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousness, but for thy great mercies. 19 O Lord, hear; o Lord, forgive ; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God : for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.

89. Success of the Gospel. The assumption that our cause is declining is utterly gratuitous. We think it not difficult to prove that the distinctive principles we so much venerate, never swayed so powerful an influence over the destinies of the human race, as at this very moment. Point us to those nations of the earth to whom moral and intellectual cultivation, inexhaustible resources, progress in arts and


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