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To leafless shrubs the flowering palms succeed,
And odorous myrtle to the noisome weed.
The lambs with wolves shall grace the verdant mead,
And boys in flowery bands the tiger lead.
The steer and lion at one crib shall meet?,
And harmless serpents lick the pilgrims' feet.
The smiling infant in his hand shall take
The crested basilisk 3 and speckled snake;
Pleased, the green lustre of their scales survey,
And with their forky tongue shall innocently play.
Rise, crown'd with light, imperial Salem, rise !
Exalt thy towery head, and lift thy eyes !
See a long race thy spacious courts adorn;
See future sons, and daughters, yet unborn“,
In crowding ranks on every side arise,
Demanding life, impatient for the skies!
See barbarous nations at thy gates attend5,
Walk in thy light, and in thy temple bend ;
See thy bright altars throng'd with prostrate kings,
And heap'd with products of Sabæan 6 springs !
For thee Idumè's spicy forests blow,
And seeds of gold in Ophir’s 8 mountains glow.
See heaven its sparkling portals wide display,
And break upon thee in a flood of day.
No more the rising sun shall gild the morn,
Nor evening Cynthia o fill her silver horn;

1 “Instead of the thorn shall come Arabia Felix, was noted for its up the fir tree, and instead of the frankincense, myrrh, &c. “All they brier shall come up the myrtle tree.” from Sheba shall come: they shall - Isa. lv. 13.

bring gold and incense,” &c. Isa. « The lion shall eat straw like lx. 6. See also Ps. lxxii, 10–15. the bullock, and dust shall be the 7 Idumea, a country south of Paserpent's meat.” — Isa. Ixv. 25. lestine.

s Read Isa. ch. xi. 6, 7, 8, 9. Basi- 8 Ophir, a country from which lisk, a serpent with a crest, which was Solomon imported gold, supposed to fancifully imagined to resemble à be the same as Zanguebar, on the east crown.

coast of Africa. 4 “All they gather themselves to- 9 Cynthia, the moon. In mythogether, they come to thee: thy sons logy, one of the names given to shall come from far, and thy daugh- Diana, who, with her golden bow, ters shall be nursed at thy side." — was said to delight in shadowy Isa. Ix. 4.

woods and the chase of the swift stag. 5 “And the Gentiles shall come to The archetype of Diana is the shining thy light, and kings to the brightness moon, who, cold and chaste, scatters of thy rising.” — Isa. Ix. 3.

her modest silver light over mountain 6 Sabuan, Arabian. Sabæa, in tops and forest glades.

But lost, dissolved in thy superior rays,
One tide of glory, one unclouded blaze,
O'erflow thy courts: the Light Himself I shall shine
Reveald, and God's eternal day be thine!
The seas shall waste, the skies in smoke decay,
Rocks fall to dust, and mountains melt away;
But fix'd His word, His saving power remains;
Thy realm for ever lasts, thy own Messiah reigns!

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injury - • • vindex (L.)! thankfulness • • gratus.

Caius Julius Cæsar was born B. c. 100. He possessed great energy of character, whilst his personal accomplishments and courage, his talents for war, and his capacity for civil affairs, render him one of the most remarkable men of any age. His victories and his great popularity roused the envy of some noble Romans, who conspired to put him to death. This event took place on the ides (15th) of March, B. c. 44, in the Senate-house. Brutus and Cassius were the two principal conspirators. Cæsar's refusal to remit a sentence which had been passed on one Publius Cimber was the signal for his death. Casca stabs him first; Brutus gives the last blow; and Cæsar falls at the foot of Pompey's statue.

Marc Antony, a friend of Cæsar, in addressing the people, speaks so as not to appear the enemy of Brutus and his associates; but at the same time, by reading Cæsar's will, and enumerating his good qualities, he so ingratiates himself as to awaken in the people an ardent desire to avenge Cæsar's death. Brutus and Cassius are therefore obliged to fly from Rome. Two years after the death of Cæsar, Brutus and Cassius, on the one side, and Marc Antony and Octavius on the other, met at Philippi, in Macedonia. The battle was fiercely contested, but ended in the total rout of the exiles; and Cassius, unwilling to survive his defeat, fell upon his own sword. Brutus was defeated in a second battle, upon which he killed himself, in the 44th year of his age.

1 “God is light, and in Him is no kindness shall not depart from thee, darkness at all." --1 John, i. 5. “The neither shall the covenant of my Lamb is the light thereof." - Rev. peace be removed, saith the Lord that xxi. 23.

hath mercy on thee." — Isa. liv. 10. 2 “ For the mountains shall depart, See also ch. li. 6. and the hills be removed ; but my

Rome -- the Forum -- a throng of citizens - Antony and others with Cæsar's

body. 2 Pleb. Peace! let us hear what Antony can say. Ant. You, gentle Romans AU. Peace, oh ! let us hear him.

Ant. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears I come to bury Cæsar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them ; The good is oft interred with their bones : So let it be with Cæsar! The noble Brutus 1 Hath told you, Cæsar was ambitious; If it were so, it was a grievous fault; And grievously hath Cæsar answer'd it. Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest (For Brutus is an honourable man; Šo are they all, all honourable men,) Come I to speak in Cæsar's funeral. He was my friend, faithful and just to me; But Brutus says he was ambitious : And Brutus is an honourable man; He hath brought many captives home to Rome, Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill. Did this, in Cæsar, seem ambitious ? When that the poor have cried, Cæsar hath wept Ambition should be made of sterner stuff: Yet Brutus says he was ambitious ; And Brutus is an honourable man. You all did see that on the Lupercal, I thrice presented him a kingly crown', Which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition ? Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And sure he is an honourable man. I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke; But here I am to speak what I do know. You all did love him once-not: without cause;.

I Marcus Junius Brutus was born jected it, and a general shout of at Rome B. c. 86. He was about approbation ensued. The offer was fifteen years younger than Cæsar. repeated, with the same effect.” The

3 « On the festival of the Luper Lupercal was a spot at the foot of calia, Antonius, then his colleague in Mount Aventine, where games were the consulate, ran up to him as he annually celebrated, commemorative was seated in state on the Rostra, and of the founder of Rome. These games placed a diadem on his head. A few were called Lupercalia. hired voices applauded. Cæsar re

What cause withholds you, then, to mourn for him ?
O judgment, thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason! Bear with me:
My heart is in the coffin there with Cæsar,
And I must pause till it come back to me.

1 Pleb. Methinks there is much reason in his sayings.

2 Pleb. If thou consider rightly of the matter, Cæsar has had great wrong.

3 Pleb. Has he, masters ? I fear, there will a worse come in his place. 4 Pleb. Mark'd ye his words? He would not take the

crown: Therefore, 'tis certain, he was not ambitious.

1 Pleb. If it be found so, some will dear abide it.
2 Pleb. Poor soul ! his eyes are red as fire with weeping.
3 Pleb. There's not a nobler man in Rome than Antony.
4 Pleb. Now mark him ! he begins again to speak.

Ant. But yesterday, the word of Cæsar might
Have stood against the world : now lies be there,
And none so poor to do him reverence.
() masters ! if I were disposed to stir
Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage,
I should do Brutus wrong, and Cassius? wrong ;
Who, you all know, are honourable men.
I will not do them wrong; I rather choose
To wrong the dead, to wrong myself, and you,
Than I will wrong such honourable men.
But here's a parchment, with the seal of Cæsar;
I found it in his closet, 'tis his will 2:
Let but the commons hear this testament,
(Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read,)
And they would go and kiss dead Cæsar's wounds,
And dip their napkins in his sacred blood ;
Yea, beg a hair of him for memory ;
And, dying, mention it within their wills,
Bequeathing it, as a rich legacy,
Unto their issue.

4 Pleb. We'll hear the will : read it, Mark Antony.
All. The will, the will; we will hear Cæsar's will.

i Cassius Longinus had shared in Cæsar's favours : he had appointed him in a prætorship, and to the government of Syria.

When Cæsar's will was opened, it was found that he had bequeathed the citizens 300 sesterces a-piece, and left them his gardens near the Tiber,

Ant. Have patience, gentle friends ; I must not read it : It is not meet you know how Cæsar lov'd you. You are not wood, you are not stones, but men; And, being men, hearing the will of Cæsar, It will inflame you - it will make you mad. 'Tis good you know not that you are his heirs ; For if you should, O what will come of it?

4 Pleb. Read the will; we will hear it, Antony: You shall read us the will Cæsar's will.

Ant. Will you be patient? will you stay awhile ?
I have o'ershot myself, to tell you of it:
I fear I wrong the honourable men,
Whose daggers have stabb’d Cæsar: I do fear it.

4 Pleb. They were traitors. Honourable men!
All. The will! the testament !
2 Pleb. They were villains-murderers! The will ! read

the will!
Ant. You will compel me, then, to read the will ?
Then make a ring about the corpse of Cæsar.
And let me show you him that made the will.
Shall I descend ! and will you give me leave ?

All. Come down.
2 Pleb. Descend.

(He comes down from the Rostrum. 3 Pleb. You shall have leave. 4 Pleb. A ring! stand round ! 1 Pleb. Stand from the hearse! stand from the body! 2 Pleb. Room for Antony ! most noble Antony ! Ant. Nay, press not so upon me : stand far off. All. Stand back! room! bear back!

Ant. If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.
You all do know this mantle ? I remember
The first time ever Cæsar put it on.
'Twas on a Summer's evening, in his tent,
That day he overcame the Nervii.
Look! in this place ran Cassius' dagger through :
See what a rent the envious Casca made !
Through this the well-beloved Brutus stabb’d;
And, as he pluck'd his cursed steel away,
Mark how the blood of Cæsar follow'd it;
As rushing out of doors, to be resolved

i The Nervi were the bravest of cupied corresponds to the modern the Belgians. The district they oc- Hainault.

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