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There's not a strain to Memory dear',

Nor flower in classic grove,
There's not a sweet note warbled here,

But minds us of thy Love.
O Lord, our Lord, and spoiler of our foes,
There is no light but thine : with Thee all beauty

glows.

FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT.

Joseph made haste, for his bowels did yearn upon his brother; and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there Gen. xliii. 30.

There stood no man with them, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren. Gen. xlv. 1.

WHEN Nature tries her finest touch,

Weaving her vernal wreath,
Mark ye, how close she veils her round,
Not to be trac'd by sight or sound,

Nor soil'd by ruder breath?

y See Burns's Works, i. 293. Dr. Currie's edition.

Who ever saw the earliest rose
First
open

her sweet breast ? Or, when the summer sun goes

down, The first soft star in evening's crown

Light up her gleaming crest ?

Fondly we seek the dawning bloom

On features wan and fair,
The gazing eye no change can trace,
But look

away

little

space,
Then turn, and, lo ! 'tis there.

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But there's a sweeter flower than e'er

Blush'd on the rosy spray-
A brighter star, a richer bloom
Than e'er did western heaven illume

At close of summer day.

'Tis Love, the last best gift of Heaven;

Love gentle, holy, pure :
But tenderer than a dove's soft eye,
The searching sun, the open sky,

She never could endure.

Even human Love will shrink from sight

Here in the coarse rude earth : How then should rash intruding glance Break in upon her sacred trance

Who boasts a heavenly birth ?

So still and secret is her growth,

Ever the truest heart,
Where deepest strikes her kindly root
For hope or joy, for flower or fruit,

Least knows its happy part.

God only, and good angels, look

Behind the blissful screen-
As when, triumphant o'er his woes,
The Son of God by moonlight rose,

By all but Heaven unseen :

As when the holy Maid beheld

Her risen Son and Lord : Thought has not colours half so fair That she to paint that hour may dare,

In silence best ador’d.

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The gracious Dove, that brought from Heaven

The earnest of our bliss,
Of many a chosen witness telling,
On many a happy vision dwelling,

Sings not a note of this.

So, truest image of the Christ,

Old Israel's long-lost son,
What time, with sweet forgiving cheer,
He call’d his conscious brethren near,
Would

weep

with them alone.

He could not trust his melting soul

But in his Maker's sight-
Then why should gentle hearts and true
Bare to the rude world's withering view

Their treasure of delight !

Now let the dainty rose awhile

Her bashful fragrance hideRend not her silken veil too soon, But leave her, in her own soft noon,

To flourish and abide.

FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT.

And Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burned. Exodus iii. 3.

TH' historic Muse, from age to age,
Thro' many a waste heart-sickening page

Hath trac'd the works of Man:
But a celestial call to-day
Stays her, like Moses, on her way,

The works of God to scan.

Far seen across the sandy wild,
Where, like a solitary child,

He thoughtless roam'd and free,
One towering thorn? was wrapt in flame-
Bright without blaze it went and came :

Who would not turn and see?

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