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“ 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.”
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God with us-Emmanuel !”
Rightly call the news “good-spell ” ;*
And God Himself our griefs hath borne:
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.
REDEEMING CHE TIME.
“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, Inut as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
EPAES. v. 15-16.
DECEMBER THE FOURTEENTH
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 !