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How little yet they knew, how much was learned in vain.
For human guilt and mortal wo,
Their sympathising sorrows flow;
They mourned the narrow bounds assigned
The great Eternal had made known,
And oft the starry cope of heaven beneath,
With fixed feet, as rooted there,
While sliding o'er their head,
In solemn silence dread,
A Star appears : they marked its kindling beam
The lesser lights that deck the sky,
At the fair stranger seemed to gaze,
The blame less men the wonder saw,
They knew 'twas none of all the train
Monsters of earth and of the main,
Remote from nature as from truth,
Nor e'er did wandering planet stoop so low
The heavenly impulse they obey,
The new-born light directs their way;
The silver clue unerring led,
Thus passed the venerable pilgrims on,
And soon their feet her hallowed pavements prest;
Not in her marble courts to rest,
And points their path, and points their view,
There the bright sentinel kept watch,
For there, within its humble thatch,
Now, sages, now your search give o'er,
Believe, fall prostrate, and adore !
No more the fond complaint renew
Of human guilt and mortal wo,
What angels wished to see, ye view;
What angels wished to learn, ye know ;-
o Zion! lift thy raptur'd eye,
Cold on his cradle the dew-drops are shining,
THE STAR OF THE MORNING.
Angels adore him in slumber reclining,
Say, shall we yield him in costly devotion, | Star of the morn, whose placid ray Odours of Edom, and offerings divine ? Beam'd mildly o'er yon sacred hill, Gems of the mountain, and pearls of the While whisp'ring zephyrs seem'd to say, ocean,
As silence slept and earth was still, Myrrh of the forest, or gold from the mine? | Hail, harbinger of gospel light !
Dispel the shades of nature's night! Vainly we offer each ample oblation; Vainly with gifts would his favour secure : I saw thee rise on Salem's tow'rs, Richer by far is the beart's adoration; I saw thee shine on gospel lands, Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor. And Gabriel summon'd all his puw'rs,
And waked to ecstacy his bands; BRIGHTEST and best of the sons of the
Sweet cherubs hail'd thy rising ray,
And sang the dawn of gospel day!
Shine, lovely star! on ev'ry clime,
For bright thy peerless beauties be;
And shed thy rays from sea to sea ;
Then shall the world from darkness rise,
Millennial glories cheer our eyes !
The glittering host bestud the sky;
UPON THE CIRCUMCISION.
MILTON. Hark! bark! to God the chorus breaks,
From every host, from every gem; | YE flaming powers, and winged warriors But one alone the Saviour speaks,
bright, It is the Star of Bethlehem.
That erst with music, and triumphant song,
First heard by happy, watchful shepherd's Once on the raging seas I rode,
ear, The storm was loud,--the night was dark, So sweetly sung your joy the clouds along The ocean yawn'd--and rudely blow'd Through the soft silence of the listening night ; The wind that tossed my foundering bark. Now mourn; and, if sad share with ns to
bear Deep horror then my vitals froze,
Your fiery essence can distil no tear,
Seas wept from our deep sorrow :
He, who with all heaven's heraldry whilere
Enter'd the world, now bleeds to give us ease It was my guide, my light, my all,
Alas, how soon our sin
Sore doth begin
O more exceeding love, or law more just?
Just law indeed, but more exceeding love ! Now safely moor'd-my perils o'er, For we, by rightful doom remediless, I'll sing, first in night's diadem,
Were lost in death, till he, that dwelt above, For ever and for evermore,
High-throned in secret bliss, for us frail dust The Star--the Star of Bethlehem ! | Emptied his glory, even to nakedness;
And that great covenant which we still / Our Saviour meek, and with untroubled transgress
mind, Entirely satisfied ;
After his airy jaunt, tho' burried sore, And the fall wrath beside
Hungry and cold betook him to his rest, Of vengeful justice bore for our excess; Wherever, under some concourse of shades And seals obedience first, with wounding Whose branching arms thick intertwin'd smart,
might shield, This day; but, 0! ere long,
From dews and damps of night, his shelter'd Huge pangs and strong
head, Will pierce more near his heart. But shelter'd slept in vain ; for at his head,
The tempter watch'd, and soon with ugly
dreams Disturb’d bis sleep; and either tropic now
'Gan thunder, and both ends of heaven the CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE.
From many a horrid rift abortive pour'd
Fierce rain with lightning mixt, water with ABASH'd be all the boast of Age! Be hoary Learning damb!
In ruin reconcil'd : Nor slept the winds Expounder of the mystic page,
Within their stopy caves, but rush'd abroad Behold an Infant come!
From the four hinges of the world, and fell
On the vexed wilderness, whose tallest pines, Oh Wisdom, whose unfading power
Tho' rooted deep as high, and sturdiest oaks Beside th' Eternal stood,
Bow'd their stiff necks, loaden with stormy To frame, in nature's earliest hour,
blasts, The land, the sky, the flooil;
Or torn up sbeer: Ill wast thou shrouded
then Yet didst not Thon disdain awhile
O patient son of God, yet only stood'st An infant form to wear ;
Unshaken ; nor yet staid the terror there, To bless thy mother with a smile,
Infernal ghosts, and bellish furies, round And lisp thy falter'd prayer.
Environ'd thee, some howld, some yellid,
some sbriek'd, But, in thy father's own abode,
Some bent at thee their fiery darts; while With Israel's elders round,
thou Conversing bigh with Israel's God,
Sat'st unappallid in calm and sinless peace. Thy chiefest joy was found.
Thus pass'd the night so foul, till morning So may our youth adore Thy name! And, Saviour, deign to bless
Came forth with pilgrim steps in amice gray; With fostering grace the timid fame
Who with her radiant fingers still'd the roar Of early holiness!
Of thunder, chas'd the clouds, and laid the
winds, And grisly spectres, which the fiend had
rais d CHRIST IN THE WILDERNESS. To tempt the son of God with terrors dire.
DARKNESS now rose 1 JESUS TEACHING THE PEOPLE. As day-light sunk, and brought in low'ring!
BOWRING. night Her shadowy offspring, unsubstantial both, How sweetly flow'd the gospel's sound Privation mere of ligbt, and absent day. From lips of gentleness and grace,
When listening thousands gather'd round, | To strangers' hands: the innocents alarmed And joy and reverence fill'd the place. Amid the throng of faces all unknown,
Sbrink, trembling,-till their wandering From heaven he came-of heaven be spoke, eyes discern
To heaven he led his followers' way; The countenance of Jesus, beaming love Dark clouds of gloomy night he broke, And pity; eager then they stretch their arms, Unveiling an immortal day.
And, cowering, lay their beads upon his
breast. " Come wanderers, to my Father's home,
“ Come, all ye weary ones and rest!" Yes! sacred Teacher, we will come Obey thee,- love thee, and be blest!
MIRACLES OF CHRIST.
Full of mercy, full of love,
Look upon us from above!
The parched crust of leprosy
Return'd unto its infancy ;
The dumb amazed was to bear
His unchain's tongue to strike his ear: GRAHAME.
Thy powerful mercy did even chase Who is my Mother or my Brethren? The Devil from his usurped place, He spake and looked on them who sat Where Thon Thyself should'st dwell, not he: around,
Oh let thy love our pattern be ! With a meek smile of pity blent with love, Let thy mercy teach one brother More melting than ere gleamed from human To forgive and love another ; face,
That, copying Thy mercy here, As when a sunbeam, through a summer Thy goodness may hereafter rear shower,
Our souls onto Thy glory, when
THE POOL OF BETHESDA.
AROUND Bethesda's healing wave,
Waiting to hear the rustling wing LITTLE CHILDREN BROUGHT Which spoke the angel nigh, who gave TO JESUS.
With earnest, fix'd solicitude,
Were seen th' afflicted multitude.
The bitter sigh of hope deferr'd;