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For ever,” still those lips repeat,

Their closing evening prayer ; “For ever,” floats in music sweet

High ʼmidst the angels there!

Thine be the glory evermore ;

From Thee may man ne'er sever, But every Christian land adore Jehovah !—God !-for ever!



WHEN Israel, of the Lord beloved,

Out from the land of bondage came, Her father's God before her moved,

An awful guide in smoke and flame. By day along the astonished lands

The cloudy pillar glided slow; By night Arabia's crimsoned sands

Returned the fiery pillar's glow.

There rose the choral hymn of praise,

And trump and timbrel answered keen; And Zion's daughters poured their lays,

With priests and warriors' voice between. No portents now our foes amaze,

Forsaken Israel wanders lone;
Our fathers would not know Thy ways,

And Thou hast left them to their own.

But present still, though now unseen!

When brightly shines the prosp'rous day, Be thoughts of Thee a cloudy screen,

To temper the deceitful ray.
And, oh! when stoops on Judah's path,

In shade and storm, the frequent night,
Be Thou, long suffering, slow to wrath,

A burning and a shining light.

Our harps we left by Babel's streams,

The tyrant's jest, the Gentile's scorn; No censer round our altar beams,

And mute are timbrel, trump, and horn. But Thou hast said, “The blood of goat,

The flesh of rams, I will not prize; A contrite hea an humble thought, Are mine accepted sacrifice.”

Sir WALTER Scott.


Two children stood at their father's gate,

Two girls with golden hair; And their eyes were bright, and their voices glad,

Because the morn was fair.
For they said, “We will take that long, long walk,

To the hawthorn copse to-day;
And gather great bunches of lovely flowers

From off the scented May;
And oh! we shall be so happy there,

'Twill be sorrow to come away!”

As the children spoke, a little cloud

Passed slowly across the sky;
And one looked up in her sister's face

With a tear-drop in her eye.
But the other said, “ Oh! heed it not;

'Tis far too fair to rain;
That little cloud may search the sky

For other clouds, in vain.”
And soon the children's voices rose

In merriment again.

But ere the morning hours had waned

The sky had changed its hue,
And that one cloud had chased away

The whole great heaven of blue.
The rain fell down in heavy drops,

The wind began to blow,

And the children, in their nice warm room,

Went fretting to and fro; For they said, “When we have aught in store,

It always happens so!"

Now these two fair-haired sisters

Had a brother out at sea;
A little midshipman, aboard

The gallant“ Victory;"
And on that self-same morning,

When they stood beside the gate,
His ship was wrecked! and on a raft

He stood all desolate,
With the other sailors round him,

Prepared to meet their fate.

Beyond, they saw the cool green land

The land with her waving trees,
And her little brooks, that rise and fall

Like butterflies to the breeze:
But above them the burning noontide sun

With scorching stillness shone;
Their throats were parched with bitter thirst,

And they knelt down one by one, And prayed to God for a drop of rain

And a gale to waft them on.

And then that little cloud was sent,

That shower in mercy given! And as a bird before the breeze,

Their bark was landward driven. And some few mornings after,

When the children met once more,
And their brother told the story,

They knew it was the hour
When they had wished for sunshine,

And God had sent the shower !



Oh, weep no more, sweet mother!

Oh, weep no more to-night! And only watch the sea, mother,

Beneath the morning light.

Then the bright blue sky is joyful,

And the bright blue sky is clear ; And I can see, sweet mother,

To kiss away your tear.

But now the wind goes wailing

O'er the dark and trackless deep; And I know your grief, sweet mother,

Though I only hear you weep.

My father's ship will come, mother,

In safety o'er the main;
When the grapes are dyed with purple

He will be back again.

The vines were but in blossom

When he bade me watch them grow; And now the large leaves, mother,

Conceal their crimson glow.

He'll bring us shells and sea-weed,

And birds of shining wing; But what are these, dear mother

It is himself he'll bring.

I'll watch with thee, sweet mother,

But the stars fade from my sight : Come, come and sleep, dear motherOh, weep no more to-night!


I LOOKED upon his brow,- no sign

Of guilt or fear was there;
He stood as proud by that death-shrine

As even o'er despair
He had a power; in his eye
There was a quenchless energy,

A spirit that could dare
The deadliest form that death could take,
And dare it for the daring's sake.

He stood, the fetters on his hand,

He raised them haughtily; And had that grasp been on the brand,

It could not wave on high With freer pride than it waved now. Around he looked with changeless brow

On many a torture nighThe rack, the chain, the axe, the wheel, And, worst of all, his own red steel.

I saw him once before: he rode

Upon a coal-black steed; And tens of thousands thronged the road

And bade their warrior speed. His helm, his breast-plate were of gold, And graved with many a dent, that told

Of many a soldier's deed; The sun shone on his sparkling mail, And danced his snow-plume on the gale.

But now he stood, chained and alone,

The headsman by his side;
The plume, the helm, the charger gone;

The sword that had defied
The mightiest, lay broken near ;
And yet no sound nor sign of fear

Came from that lip of

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