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Take up the lesson, O my heart ;

Thou Lord of meekness, write it there, Thine own meek self to me impart,

Thy lofty hope, thy lowly prayer:

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If ever on the mount with Thee

I seem to soar in vision bright, With thoughts of coming agony

Stay Thou the too presumptuous flight: Gently along the vale of tears

Lead me from Tabor's sunbright steep, "; Let me not grudge a few short years

With Thee tow'rd Heaven to walk and weep:

Too happy, on my silent path,

If now and then allow'd, with Thee Watching some placid holy death,

Thy secret work of love to see ; But oh most happy, should thy call,

Thy welcome call, at last be given“ Come where thou long hast stor'd thy all,

“ Come see thy place prepar'd in Heaven.”

2 St. Matthew xvii. 12. “ Likewise shall also the Son of Man suffer of them.” This was just after the transfiguration.


Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, 1 saw thee under the fig-tree, believest thou ? thou shalt see greater things than these. St. John i. 50.

HOLD up thy mirror to the sun,

And thou shalt need an eagle's gaze,
So perfectly the polish'd stone

Gives back the glory of his rays: :

Turn it, and it shall paint as true

The soft green of the vernal earth,
And each small flower of bashful hue,

That closest hides its lowly birth.

Our mirror is a blessed book,

Where out from each illumin'd page

e see one glorious Image look
All eyes to dazzle and engage,

The Son of God: and that indeed

We see Him, as He is, we know, Since in the same bright glass we read

The very life of things below.

Eye of God's word! where'er we turn

Ever upon us ! thy keen gaze Can all the depths of sin discern,

Unravel every bosom's maze:

Who that has felt thy glance of dread

Thrill through his heart's remotest cells, About his path, about his bed,

Can doubt what spirit in thee dwells ?

66 What word is this? Whence know'st thou me?'

All wondering cries the humbled heart,

b « The position before us is, that we ourselves, and such as we, are the very persons whom Scripture speaks of: and to whom, as men, in

every variety of persuasive form, it makes its condescending though celestial appeal. The point worthy of observation is, to note how a book of the description and the compass which we have rep ted Scripture to be, possesses this versatility of power; this eye, like that of a portrait, uniformly fixed upon us, turn where we will.Miller's Bampton Lectures,

p. 128.

To hear thee that deep mystery;

The knowledge of itself, impart.

The veil is rais'd; who runs may read,

By its own light the truth is seen, And soon the Israelite indeed

Bows down t'adore the Nazarene.

So did Nathanael, guileless man,

At once, not shame-fac'd or afraid, Owning him God, who so could scan

His musings in the lonely shade ;

In his own pleasant fig-tree's shade,

Which by his household fountain grew, Where at noon-day his prayer he made,

To know God better than he knew.

Oh! happy hours of heav'n-ward thought !

How richly crown'd! how well improv'd ! In musing o'er the Law he taught,

In waiting for the Lord he lov’d.

We must not mar with earthly praise

What God's approving word hath seald ; Enough, if right our feeble lays

Take up the promise He reveald;

“ The child-like faith, that asks not sights

“ Waits not for wonder or for sign, “ Believes, because it loves, aright

“ Shall see things greater, things divine.

“ Heaven to that gaze shall open wide,

“ And brightest angels to and fro “ On messages of love shall glide

“ 'Twixt God above, and Christ below.”

So still the guileless man is blest,

To him all crooked paths are straight, Him on his


to endless rest
Fresh, ever-growing strengths await °.

God's witnesses, a glorious host,

Compass him daily like a cloud; Martyrs and seers, the sav'd and lost,

Mercies and judgments cry aloud.

c Psalm lxxxiv. 7. They shall go from strength to strength.

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