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wenn the sunny south, and that the stranger of the “It is she! It is they! Bid them hasten!" wood, had become to her
was spoken, with the assurance of answered
| prayer, by the dying saint. Softly moved the “The fair fulfilment of her poesy,
door, yet the light step on its threshold had When her young heart first yearned for sympathy !" now the weight of sorrow in its tread-felt,
| rather than heard—as it advanced to the bed
side. In "a dim religious” twilight of October, “Aunt Rachel!” and “ It is thou !"' were the lay the almost sainted Quakeress, on a bed simultaneous words, followed by tears that whose pillows and covering of stainless white, warm and fast mingled with the cold drops not only spoke the purity of her character and that circled the brow of the dying. sect, but reminded the beholder of the “linen “I have come for thy last embrace—for thy clean and white, which was the righteousness departing blessing on us, who will stand as one of the saints” in the beatific vision. Her by thy sacred grave !" moments were ebbing away as rapidly, as “My daughter, I have seen ye together in silently, as fall the sands of the hour-glass; my visions—it is well—the spirit says amen to yet her spiritual sight was growing “ brighter the bride!” and brighter unto the perfect day.”
They knelt, hand in hand, at her sign-the "Hear'st thou wheels approaching, faithful already cold palm was laid on that "united nurse ?” said the voice that had been silent head”-silence brooded over the scene, and for hours, with a tone of intense interest. with that unuttered but deep-felt blessing,
“Yea," was the reply, “and now they have passed imperceptibly a spotless spirit to the stopped at thy door!”
realms of PEACE.
Lo! she, the bright-eyed one, whose glance about
Hopes, fears, affections, mixed in Passion's rout. The lit page plays, and lights up answering eyes :
Oh! beautiful in tumult or in peace, Lol she, the beautiful, whose spirit sighs
Thou life-pervading spirit of the world, Where Shakespeare's spell-wand calls the heart-tones out; That look'st on all, and giv'st to all a light, Lol be, the mightiest, at whose trumpet-shout
Whose nightless glory's beaming ne'er shall cease; A Milton's wingéd words soar from earthly ties;
Thou'st robed the earth in splendour, and unfurled Lol she, enchantress, stirred by whom arise
The scroll of beauty to man's dazzled sight.
THE MOUNT OF ASCENSION.
BY THE REV. J. P. DURBIN, D.D.
For thirty-six hours, from three o'clock on | priests and our rulers delivered him to be conFriday afternoon until the following Sunday demned to death, and have crucified him. But morning, the most painful suspense and the in- we trusted it had been he who should have retensest anxiety peryaded the city of Jerusalem; deemed Israel: and besides all this, to-day is for, during these thirty-six hours the Lord of the third day since these things were done. Life and Glory was in the grave. Hope and Yea, and certain women also of our company fear agitated the hearts of his enemies, for they made us astonished, which were early at the had witnessed his miraculous powers when sepulchre ; and when they found not his body alive, and remembered his declaration, that in they came saying, that they had seen a vision three days he would rise again from the dead, of angels which said that he was alive. And if they should slay him. Confidence and doubt certain of them which were with us went to the alternately swayed the minds of his few faith- sepulchre, and found it even as the women had ful disciples as they communed concerning said; but him they saw not. Then He said the Lord Jesus, and his promises to them unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe that he would rise from the dead. If one might all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not ask for what the Divine Providence has been Christ to have suffered these things, and to pleased to withhold, I feel strongly inclined to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses wish that a full and faithful record of these and all the prophets, he expounded unto them conversations of the disciples had been given to in all the Scriptures the things concerning the world. It seems to me that they would himself. And they drew nigh unto the village have been the most beautiful and convincing whither they went, and he made as if he would evidence of the truth of the sacred story. This have gone further. But they constrained him, is evident from the naturalness of so much of saying, Abide with us; for it is toward evening these conversations as has been preserved to us. and the day is far spent. And he went in to Who can read the following between two of the tarry with them. And it came to pass as he disciples, and their risen, but unapprehended sat at meat with them that he took bread and Master, without feeling that the record is true? blessed it, and brake and gave to them. And It is so natural, so touching, so beautiful, that their eyes were opened and they knew him, and we are satisfied that it must have sprung from he vanished out of their sight. And they said the midst of the scene and circumstances al- one to another, Did not our hearts burn within leged. The conversation took place on the us while he talked with us by the way, and first day of the week, i. e., on our Sunday; the while he opened to us the Scriptures? And day on which our Saviour rose from the dead. they rose up and returned to Jerusalem, and
" And behold two of them went that same found the eleven gathered together, and them day to a village called Emmaus, which was that were with them, saying, The Lord is risen from Jerusalem threescore furlongs. And they indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. And they talked together of all these things which had told what things were done in the way, and how happened. And it came to pass that while they he was known of them in breaking of bread.” communed and reasoned together, Jesus himself (Luke, xxiv.) drew near and walked with them. But their Granting the previous promises of our Lord eyes were holden that they should not know concerning his resurrection, and their accomhim. And he said unto them, What manner of plishment on the third day, and the excursion communications are these that ye have one with of the disciples to Emmaus, could anything be another, as ye walk and are sad? And one of more natural, more truthful than the preceding them whose name was Cleophas, answering, conversation; and the immediate return of the said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Je- disciples to Jerusalem, upon discovering their rusalem, and hast not known the things which Lord alive? This is a specimen of one kind of are come to pass there in these days? And he internal evidence of Christianity which comsaid unto them, What things? And they said mends itself directly to the conscience and the unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who heart. was a prophet mighty in deed and word before. It was yet forty days to the time of his God and all the people ; and how the chief ascension, during which period he appeared
occasionally and very suddenly, and for a brief, which suggests the probability that they had space of time, to his disciples, in order to satisfy relinquished all hope of the speedy establishthem of the certainty of his resurrection that ment of the kingdom of God, as promised by they might be witnesses of it; and for the their lately crucified Master. As they had been purpose of instructing them concerning the called by the Lord from the shores of the Sea mission he was about to commit to them for of Galilee, so now, in their disappointment, publishing his gospel to the world. His ap- they return thither; and, after consultation, pearances to his disciples, and his intercourse Peter said to them, “I go a-fishing," that is, I with them after his resurrection differed very will resume my former occupation, since I see strikingly from those before his crucifixion. no signs of the kingdom of God; and it is now Before his crucifixion he always appeared as more than a month since the crucifixion of one of them, and subject to the same conditions Jesus of Nazareth. The other disciples said, and accidents, except sin, and entered fully | “We also go with thee.” We too will resume into their feelings, and freely into conversation our former occupation. The Lord saw their with them. After his resurrection his body despondency, and heard their consultations. seemed to have new and wonderful properties, | The sun went down, and thus screened from
belong not to matter. He appeared the intense heat of an eastern sun (for it was among them in closed rooms, suddenly, with | in the month of May), “ they went forth, and out opening the door, and as suddenly vanished entered into a ship immediately, and that night out of their sight, as a spirit is supposed to they caught nothing.” As the day dawned, vanish into thin air. * His conversation was | and they neared the shore to rest, they saw a brief, solemn, and accompanied with a peculiar stranger standing on the beach. The mildness awe and power. His body was no longer the and majesty of his mien, and the gentleness natural body that was crucified on the cross and tenderness of his address threw a spell and laid in the sepulchre, but it was now a lover the wearied and desponding fishermen. spiritual body; for, as St. Paul says, “there He said, “ Children, have ye any meat?” They is a natural body, and there is a spiritual | answered, "No." “Cast,” said he, “your net body." The change in him from a natural to a on the right side, and ye shall find.” The spiritual body by the resurrection, is the illus- sudden and miraculous success opened their tration of the change which will take place in eyes, and one said, “It is the Lord.” Peter, his children. His soul also participated in with his characteristic impetuosity, threw himthe wonderful advance which the resurrec- l self into the sea, and hastened to the feet of tion made in the condition of his being, and his Master. So profound and convincing was hence gave forth the heavenly manifestations, the effect of this sudden appearance of the witnessed in his occasional intercourse with Lord, that the disciples durst not converse his disciples.
with him, only as he drew them on by quesAnd yet even these wondrous appearances of tions. the Lord failed to keep the disciples free from His followers and friends seem after this to doubt. So slow were they to admit the mira- have assembled at Jerusalem in expectation of culous story, instead of eagerly following cun- some decisive event connected with the promised ningly devised fables, that they seem to have kingdom of God. Doubtless the mysterious inresolved on resuming their former occupation, fluences of the Divine Master had drawn them
to the city. The time of his ascension was at * The Evangelists convey the same idea of the appear
hand. Preparatory to this, he joined them and ances and disappearances of our Lord, after his resurrec gave them more particular instruction concerntion, as is found in the ancient classics, and still entering the mission he was about to commit to them. tained, concerning the appearances and disappearances of
As Jerusalem was to be the centre of this dideparted persons, or supernatural beings. Our Lord had the power to become visible or invisible at pleasure. Luke
vine mission, he commanded them that they says, “And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; should not depart from the city upon their misand he vanished out of their sight.” Not that he removedsion until they should receive power from on from their vicinity, but that he became invisible to them.
high to qualify them for it. But this divine So Æneas, in the back of Troy, was separated from his wife Creusa, who perished unexpectedly. While he was
power, the Holy Spirit, which was to be given Searching for her, Virgil makes Æneas say, the mournful them, and which was wonderfully shed upon ghost and shade of Creusa appeared before his eyes, her them on the day of Pentecost, was not sufficient figure larger than the life, and spoke to him. As he was
to qualify them for their heavenly work. It is about to reply to her, and throw his arms around her Deck, tenuesque recessit in auras, she vanished into thin air.
particularly recorded, “Then opened he their In the same manner, Shakespeare makes the witches understanding that they might understand the Tanish.
Scripture.” How long the Lord “assembled BANQUO. The earth has bubbles as the water bas,
together with them at Jerusalem” is not certain. And these are of them :-whither are they vanished?
MACBETH, Into the air: and what seemed corporal melted, The impression made by the Sacred History is, As breath into the wind.
| that he was with them for several days, ex