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che law by which you must be judged", of the holiness of that Being before whom you must stand', of the unutterable bliss in reserve for the righteous', and of the unutterable agonies which await the wicked. I will also suppose you to be perfectly awaré, that the time for repentance is past'; and that all which now remains for you, is to ascertain from the facts of your past history', whether your life has' or has not been spent in preparation for eternity. At that solemn moment', every power of thought within you will be concerned upon the question', Am I a disciple of Jesus Christ'? The soul asks', and the holy oracle answers', Unless a man deny himself', and take up his cross and follow mé, he cannot be my disciple. The dying man calls up in review the days' and weeks' and months' and years' that are pastr; and in an agony demands of each', Have I denied myself, have I taken up my cross', have I followed Christ'? Åh', who can describe the despair of him', whó, from onè and from all of them', receives the stern', the all-deciding answer', No.
The die is cast'. But who can tell the horrors of the coming interval? Terrified at the gulf before her', the soul looks back upon the past'; but all is filled with horrible visions'. Power', rank', applause', learning), all' have bidden her adieu in the hour of her calamity', and have left her to her Judge. Her very amusements' have turned traitors', and accused her of self-destruction. The card tablè, the theater', the ball-room', speak now' only of murdered time, and wasted opportunity": That pampered body', that vacant mind", those ungoverned passions', that hoarded gold', all declare that she hath lived unto herselft. Behind all is condemnation"; before her', naught is seen but the terrific effulgence of the long suffering', most mercifus, but abused', insulted', thrice holy' Lord God Almighty. Speech' fails'; but the glare of those sightless eyeballs tells' that the spirit' seeth visions' which language cannot utter. An unearthly groan', and all is still. The affrighted ghost', in all the horrors of self-condemnation', stands before her Judge.
LESSON CX XII.
Psalm xviii. 1—16. 1 I will love theé, O Lord, my strength'. 2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress', and my deliverer ,
My God', my strength', in whom I will trust":
My buckler', and the horn of my salvation', and my high
tower. 3 I will call upon the Lord', who is worthy to be praised, 4 So shall I be saved from
enemies. The sorrows of death compassed mé,
And the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. 5 The sorrows of hell encompassed mé,
The snares of death seized me.
And cried to my God;
And my cry came before him', even into his ears'. 7 Then the earth shook and trēmbled;
The foundations also of the hills' moved
And were shaken' because he was wroth. 8 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils',
And fire out of his mouth devoured";
Coals were kindled by it'. 9 He bowed thē heavēns ālsó, and came down',
And dārknēss wās under his feet. 10 And hē rodē upon à cherüb, ānd flēw;
Yeà, he flew upon thē wings of thē wind. 11 He made darkness his secret place;
His pavilion around him', were dark waters'
And thick clouds of the skies'. 12 At the brightness that was before him' his thick clouds
passed"; Hail stones' and coals of fire. 13 The Lord also thūnderēd in thē hēavēns,
And the Highēst gavē his voice;
Hail stones' and coals of fire. 14 Yeà, he sent out his arrows and scattered them',
And he shot out lightnings', and discomfited them': 15 Then the chānnēls of wāters were sēen,
And the foundātions of thē world were discoverēd'
At the blāst of the breath of thy nostrils'. 16 He sent from abovè, he took mé,
He drew me out of many waters'. 17 He delivered me from my strong enemy',
And from them who hated me,
For they were too strong for me. 18 They attacked me in the day of my calamity', But the Lord was my stay.
Isaiah xl. 12—31. 12 Who' hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
And measured heaven with th span',
Or being his counsellor hath taught him'?
And taught him in the path of judgment',
And are counted as the small dust of a balance:
Behold he taketh up the isles' as a very little thing'; 16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn',
Nor the beasts' of it' sufficient for a burnt offering. 17 All nātions before him' are as nothing ;
And they are counted to him less' than nothing' and vanity. 18 To whom then will ye liken God' ?
Or what likeness will ye compare to him'? 19 The workman melteth a graven imagé, And the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold', and casteth
silver chains. He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation', choos
eth a tree that will not rot'. 20 He seeketh for himself a skilful workman'
To prepare a graven image that shall not be moved'. 21 Havē yē not known' ? havē yē not heard? ?
Hath it not been told you from the beginning“?
Have ye not understood' from the foundations of the earth'? 22 It is hē' that sitteth upon the circle of the earth',
And its inhabitants arē as grasshoppers”;
And spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in',23 That bringeth the princes to nothing';
He maketh the judges of the earth as vanity. 24 Yes', they shall not be planted"; yes', they shall not be
sown: Yes', their stock shall not take root in the earth": And he shall also blow upon them', and they shall wither';
And the whirlwind shall take them away as stubblè. 25 To whom then will
liken mé, Or shall I be equaled' ? saith the Holy Onè. 26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold' who created these
things', That bringeth out their host by number'; he calleth them
all by names', By the greatness of his mighť, for that he is strong in pow
er'; not one faileth'.
My way is hid from the Lord',
God? 28 Hast thou not known', hast thou not heard'
That the everlasting God', the Lord',
And to them that have no mighť he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary',
And the young men shall utterly fall'; 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength ;
They shall mount up with wings' as eagles';
LESSON C X XIV.
Iambic. Four feet. L. M.
Was the first templè—built by God':
And heaved its pillars', one by one.
The broad illimitable sky';
And curtained it with morning light.
The seà—the sky—and “ āll' was good';'
4. Lord, 'tis not ours to make the sea,
And earth', and sky', a house for theè;
LESSON C X XV.
RESURRECTION OF CHRIST.
Iambic. Three feet, and two. Called also Hallelujah meter.
1. Yes', the Redeemer rosè,
The Savior left the dead',
In wild dismay
And sink away
In full assembly meet',
Joyful they comé,
To Jesus' tomb'.
The joyful news to bear';
Their anthems say',
He rose to-day.”
Redeemed by him from hell';