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So when th’ Archangel's word is spoken,
And Death's deep trance for ever broken,

In mercy thou may'st feel the heavenly hand, And in thy lot unharm’d before thy Saviour stand".

GOOD FRIDAY.

He is despised and rejected of men.

Isaiah liii. 3.

Is it not strange, the darkest hour

That ever dawn'd on sinful earth Should touch the heart with softer power

For comfort, than an angel's mirth ? That to the Cross the mourner's eye should turn Sooner than where the stars of Christmas burn?

Sooner than where the Easter sun

Shines glorious on yon open grave, And to and fro the tidings run,

66 Who died to heal, is ris'n to save.” Sooner than where upon the Saviour's friends The very Con

Comforter in light and love descends. h Dap. xii. 13. Thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.

Yet so it is : for duly there

The bitter herbs of earth are set, Till temper'd by the Saviour's prayer,

And with the Saviour's life-blood wet, They turn to sweetness, and drop holy balm, Soft as imprison'd martyr's deathbed calm.

All turn to sweet-but most of all

That bitterest to the lip of pride,
When hopes presumptuous fade and fall,

Or Friendship scorns us, duly tried,
Or Love, the flower that closes up for fear
When rude and selfish spirits breathe too near.

Then like a long-forgotten strain

Comes sweeping o'er the heart forlorn What sunshine hours had taught in vain

Of Jesus suffering shame and scorn, As in all lowly hearts he suffers still, While we triumphant ride and have the world at will.

His pierced hands in vain would hide

His face from rude reproachful gaze, His ears are open to abide

The wildest storm the tongue can raise,

He who with one rough word', some early day,
Their idol world and them shall sweep for aye away.

But we by Fancy may assuage

The festering sore by Fancy made,
Down in some lonely hermitage

Like wounded pilgrims safely laid.
Where gentlest breezes whisper souls distress’d,
That Love yet lives, and Patience shall find rest.

O shame beyond the bitterest thought

That evil spirit ever fram’d,
That sinners know what Jesus wrought,

Yet feel their haughty hearts untam’d-
That souls in refuge, holding by the Cross,
Should wince and fret at this world's little loss.

Lord of my heart, by Thy last cry,

Let not thy blood on earth be spentLo, at thy feet I fainting lie,

Mine eyes upon thy wounds are bent, Upon thy streaming wounds my weary eyes Wait like the parched earth on April skies.

i Wisdom of Solomon xii. 9.

Wash me, and dry these bitter tears,

O let my heart no further roam, 'Tis thine by vows, and hopes, and fears,

Long since–O call thy wanderer home; To that dear home, safe in Thy wounded side, Where only broken hearts their sin and shame may

hide.

EASTER EVE.

As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water. Zech, xi. 11.

AT length the worst is o’er, and Thou art laid

Deep in thy darksome bed;
All still and cold beneath yon dreary stone

Thy sacred form is gone;
Around those lips where power and mercy hung,

,
The dews of death have clung;
The dull earth o'er Thee, and thy foes around,
Thou sleep’st a silent corse, in funeral fetters wound.

Sleep’st Thou indeed ? or is thy spirit fled,

At large among the dead ?
Whether in Eden bowers thy welcome voice

Wake Abraham to rejoice,
Or in some drearier scene thine

eye

controuls The thronging band of souls; That, as thy blood won earth, thine agony Might set the shadowy realm from sin and sorrow free.

Where'er Thou roam’st, one happy soul, we know,

Seen at thy side in woek,
Waits on thy triumph-even as all the blest

With him and thee shall rest.
Each on his cross, by Thee we hang a while,

Watching thy patient smile,
Till we have learn'd to say, “ 'Tis justly done,
Only in glory, Lord, thy sinful servant own.”

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Soon wilt Thou take us to thy tranquil bower

To rest one little hour,
Till thine elect are number'd, and the grave

Call Thee to come and save :

k St. Luke xxiii. 43.

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