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Village Pastor.

BY THE AUTHOR OF

THE RETROSPECT, OCEAN, MORNING MEDITATIONS,

VILLAGE OBSERVER, VILLAGE CHURCH YARD, &c.

FORMERLY A LIEUTENANT IN THE ROYAL NAVY, AND NOW

A MINISTER IN THE ESTABLISHED CHURCH.

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At even time it shall be light."-Zech. xiv. 7.
" Their sun went down in cloudless skies,
Assur'd upon the morn to rise

In lovelier array;
But not like earth's declining light,
To vanish back again to night.
The zenith where they hence shall glow,
No bound, no setting beam, can know;
Without a cloud or shade of woe

Is that eternal day.”

In my last paper, I mentioned that the above prediction of Zechariah presented itself to my mind so strongly, on my return from the deathbed of poor old widow S., that I determined, with the divine permission, to improve it the next Sunday at church. The day arrived ; and I was enabled and permitted to fulfil my intention, with some feelings of gratitude for what I had previously heard and seen in those cases which were brought forward as illustrative of the text, and, I believe, with some comfort to a few poor timid souls, whuse night of weeping had not yet given way to the promised joy of the morning, when the Father of mercies and God of all consolation lifts up the light of his countenance on them. I will now give some general account of that discourse, at least of

VOL. 11.

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