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THE RAME EMANUEL.
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."
. . . . . . . . . . . . . Mart. i. 23
“God with us—Emmanuel !”
Rightly call the news “good-spell”;*
And God Himself our griefs hath borne:
On One who counteth every hair :
When we are smitten to the dust :
And on the Lord our guilt is laid :
* Gospel, i.e. good-spell.
CHE SONG OF NATURE AND THE SONG
OF THE SAINTS.*
“ All Thy works shall praise Thee, O Lord; and Thy saints shall bless Thee.”—Psalm cxlv. 10.
THE SONG OF NATURE AND THE SONG OF THE SAINTS.
And every flash of lightning
That gleams from lurid skies,
With glorious, gorgeous dyes,
And daisy-spangled sod,
Glows to the praise of God :
And every lion roaring,
And every humming bee,
And every rustling tree,
And every cooing dove,
Proclaims Thy might and love.
And every moss and lichen,
And every spray of fern,
Our wondering eyes discern,
And every wild gazelle,
Thon doest all things well.
And angels and archangels
In wondrous spheres unknown-
Who Thy dominion own;
But in our hearts we feel,
Before Thy presence kneel.
Then, help us swell the chorus,
Our Maker and our King,
Our Hallelujahs sing ;
Thy majesty and power,
Made clear through every hour
Above all things we bless Thee
For Thy surpassing love,
A home for us above;
Onward and upward soar,
And shout it evermore.
REDEEMING THE TIME.
“ See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
Ephes. v. 15-16.
I DECADE AND I SEPTENRATE.
DECEMBER THE FOURTEENTH
1861. 1871. 1878. “ She that hath borne seven languisheth : she hath given up the ghost ; her sun is gone down while it was yet day.”—
JER, Xv. 9.
With loyal hearts and warm God-speed we sent thee on thy way,
Cast shadows on thy bridal robe and mingled black with white.
Which filled thy maiden heart with woe, and dulled thy radiant skies,
A decade and a septennate hath joined what once hath been.
For England and the world at large with solemn lessons fraught;
But ordered for a purpose high by wise decree of Heaven.
Have intertwined through all the web of those seventeen short years !
The roseate dyes of sweetest bliss and sable hues of pain !
THE AGE OF REASON.
And teaching that there is no God vociferously hailed;
And want of conscience is made up by large excess of lung :
Denying truths that shine as shine the sunbeams at noonday ;
Preferring to the Fall of Man the shrewder Rise of Ape!
Not wholly unlike apes themselves to see the sense they lack;
And whence they sprang, they may, perhaps, at length some day return.
And, restless, seek to rule the world on some superior plan ;
And each one do what seemeth best in his short-sighted eyes.
The PowerS THAT BE.
Therefore it is but right by them their place should be maintained ;
How often grossly misapplied, and grievously abused !