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purpose is mēre profaneness. I know well that pâssion is often pleaded for the use of this language. But why should passion prompt to profầneness'? Anger', one would supposé, would naturally vent itself in expressions of resentment against the person' who had provoked us'. But this pērson is always a fellow creaturé; a man' like ourselves'. In what way', or in . what degree, is God concerned in this matter' ? What has the passion', what has the provocation', to do with Hîm, his name' or his character"? Why do we affront and injure hîm, because a creature', infinitely unlike him', has affronted and injured us? I know that cûstom, alsó, is pleaded as an extenuation', and perhaps as an explanation', of this crimé. But how came' such a custom to exist? How camè any rational being' ever to think of profaning the name of God? How came any other rational being to follow him in this wickedness' ? Whence was it that so many millions of those who oùght to be rational beings', have followed them both^ ? What end can it have answered'? What honor', gain', or pleasure' can it have furnished' ? What tastel can it have gratified? What desire', what affection', can it have indulged'? What end can' the profane person' have proposed to himself?
Can any explanation be given of this conduct', except that it springs from love to wickedness itself' ? From a heartfixedly opposed to its Maker'; pleased with affronting him“; loving to abuse' his character', and to malign' his glorious agency'? A heart in which sin is gratuitous'; by which', in juster language nothing is gained', much is plainly lost', and every thing is hazarded'? What', beside the love of sinning“; what', but the peculiar turpitude of the character', can be the sourcé, or the explanation', of this conduct' ?
Ask yourselves what' you gain; what you expect to gain'; what
your reputation', at least in the minds of all the wise and good', and all the blessings of their company' and friendship'; that you sacrifice your peace of mind' ; that you break down all those principles on which virtuel may be grafted', and with them every rational hope of eternal life; that you are rapidly becoming more and more corrupted', day' by day'; and that with this deplorable character', you are preparing to go to the judg. ment. Think what it will be to swear', and curse', to mock God', and insult your Redeemer' through lifè; to carry your oaths and curses to a dying bed"; to enter eternity with blạs. phemies in your mouths'; and to stand before the final bar', when the last sound of profaneness has scarcely died upon your tongues'
LESSON CX X XII.
PRAISE TO GOD FOR HIS GOODNESS AND TRUTH.
Iambic. Four feet in each line. Long proper meter
Praise shall employ my nobler powers.
Or immortality endures'.
Vain is the help of flesh and blood";
Nor can they make their promise good.
And earth and seas', with all their traino;
And none shall find his promise vain'.
He sends the laboring conscience peace;
And grants the prisoner' sweet release.
Thy God', O Zion', ever reigns';
Praise him' in everlasting strains'.
Praise shall employ my nobler powers';
Or immortality endures'.
LESSON CX X XIII.
IN THAT DAY, &c.—Zech. xiii. 1. Trochaic. First and third lines of each stanza contain four feet each. Second, fourth and sixth contain three feet each, and a long syllable added; the fifth line has but two feet. 1. See from Zion's sacred mountain
Streams of living water flow”;
They are blessed
Streams of mercy find their way';
All enriching as it goes',
Yield their fruit to all around';
Fair their portion',
have three feet each, and a short syllable added.
Whose arm upholds creation',
To thee we raise the voice of praisé,
And bend in adoration'.
that made us',
every day that rolls away
From theé our breathing spirits”;
The bliss that each inherits'.
And all that life embraces',
And claim our thankful praises'. 3. Though trial and affliction'
May cast their dark shade o'er us',
Of light on all before us'.
To cheer our path of sadness',
To realms of endless gladness'. 4. That light of love and glory
Has shone through Christ, the Savior',
That we might live forever":
Thus brings thy children near theé,
And lové as well as fear theè. 5. And when Death's final summons'
From earth's dear scenes shall move us',-
From all that know and love us',-
Thy peace to us be given',
GOD'S UNIVERSAL DOMINION. Trochaic. Three feet to each line, with a syllable added. 1. Hark'! the song of Jubilee,
Loud as mighty thunders roar',
When it breaks upon the shore :-
God omnipotent shall reign";
Echo round the earth and main.
From the depth unto the skies',
All creation's harmonies':
Sheathed his sword": he speaks',—'tis done;
Are the kingdoms of his Son.
With illimitable sway':
Yonder heavens have passed away':-
Man's last enemy shall fallo;
God' in Christ' is all in all.
LESSON CX X X VI.
HYMN TO GOD.
One general song'! To Him', ye vocal gales, 6 Breathe soft', whose Spiriť in your freshness breathes':
Oh! talk of him' in solitary glooms'