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4. In such an hour he turns, and on his view,
Ocean, and earth, and heaven, burst before him;
Of summer's sky, in beauty bending o'er him,
5. Tall spire, and glittering roof, and battlement,
Green isle, and circling shore, are blended there,
6. Its memory of this; nor lives there one
Whose infant breath was drawn, or boyhood days
That in his manhood prime can calmly gaze
LESSON CXXIII. The Triumphal Song of Moses after the Passage of the Red Sea. Exodus xv.
1. I WILL sing unto Jehovah, for he is gloriously exalted; The horse and his rider hath he whelmed in the sea.
My praise and my song is Jehovah,
And he is become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him;
My father's God, and I will exalt him.
2. Jehovah is a man of war; Jehovah is his name.
The chariots of Pharaoh and his host hath he thrown in
And his choicest leaders are thrown in the Red Sea.
3. Thy right hand, O Jehovah, hath made itself glorious in
Thy right hand, O Jehovah, hath dashed in pieces the
TRIUMPHAL SONG OF MOSES.
And in the strength of thy majesty thou hast destroyed thine adversaries.
4. Thou didst let loose thy wrath; it consumed them like stubble.
With the blast of thy nostrils the waters were heaped together.
The flowing waters* stood upright as an heap. The floods were congealed in the heart of the sea. The enemy said, "I will pursue, I will overtake; I will divide the spoil, my soul shall be satisfied; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them. 5. Thou didst blow with thy breath, the sea covered them. They sank as lead in the mighty waters.
6. Who is like unto thee among the gods, O Jehovah!
Who is like unto thee, making thyself glorious in holiness! Fearful in praises, executing wonders.
7. Thou didst stretch out thy right hand,
the earth swal
Thou hast led forth in thy mercy the people whom thou hast redeemed;
Thou hast guided them in thy strength to the habitation of thy holiness.
8. The people shall hear and be disquieted:
Terror shall seize the inhabitants of Philistia.
All the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away.
Because of the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone.
Till thy people pass over, O Jehovah,
Till thy people pass over whom thou hast redeemed. Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountains of thine inheritance,
The place for thy dwelling, which thou hast prepared, O Jehovah!
The sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands ave established. Jehovah shall reign for ever and ever!
* In the original,-"The flowing stood upright," &c., the participle of the verb to flow being the poetical form for waters.
LESSON CXXIV. Select Passages.
1. NEVER form a resolution that is not a good one, and, when once formed, never break it. If you form a resolution, and then break it, you set yourself a bad example, and you are very likely to follow it. A person may get the habit of breaking his resolutions; this is as bad to the character and mind, as an incurable disease to the body. No person can become great, but by keeping his resolutions; no person ever escaped contempt, who could not keep them
2. Blow, blow, thou winter's wind,
As man's ingratitude;
Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky,
Though thou the waters warp,
As friends remembering not.
3. In those evils which are allotted us by Providence, such as deformity, privation of the senses, or old age, it is always to be remembered, that impatience can have no present effect, but to deprive us of the consolations which our condition admits, by driving away from us those by whose conversation or advice we might be amused or helped; and that, with regard to futurity, it is yet less to be justified, since, without lessening the pain, it cuts off the hope of that reward, which He, by whom it is inflicted, will confer upon those who bear it well.
4. He who indulges himself in ridiculing the little imperfections and weaknesses of his friends, will in time find mankind united against him. The man who sees another ridiculed before him, though he may for the present concur in the general laugh, yet in a cool hour he will consider, that the same trick may be played against himself; but, when there is no sense of this danger, the natural pride of human nature rises against him, who, by general censures, lays claim to general superiority.
5. Various, sincere, and constant are the efforts of men to produce that happiness which, the nature of the mind requires; but most seem to be ignorant, both of the source and of the means of genuine felicity. Religion alone can afford true joy and permanent peace. It is this that inspires fortitude, supports patience, and, by its prospects and promises, throws a cheering ray into the darkest shades of human life.
"Where dwells this sovereign bliss? where doth it grow ?
6. As the vexations which parents receive from their children hasten the approach of age, and double the force of years, so the comforts which they reap from them are balm to all other sorrows, and repair, in some degree, the injuries of time. However strong we may suppose the fondness of a father for his children, yet they will find more lively marks of tenderness in the bosom of a mother. There are no ties in nature to compare with those which unite an affectionate mother to her children, when they repay her tenderness with obedience and love.
Cruelty to Animals.
7. Even the meanest insect receives an existence from the author of our Being; and why should we idly abridge their span? They have their little sphere of bliss allotted them; they have purposes which they are designed to fulfil; and, when these are accomplished, they die. Everything that has life is doomed to suffer and to feel, though its expression of pain may not be capable of being conveyed to our senses. He, who delights in misery or sports with life, must have a disposition and a heart, neither qualified to make himself nor others happy.
8. True honor, though it be a different principle from religion, is not contrary to it. Religion embraces virtue, as it is enjoined by the law of God; honor, as it is graceful and ornamental to human nature. The religious man fears, the man of honor scorns, to do an ill action. The latter considers vice as something that is beneath him; the other, as something that is offensive to the Divine Being; the one, as what is unbecoming; the other, as what is forbidden.
9. Without friendship, life has no charm. The only things which can render friendship sure and lasting, are virtue, purity of manners, an elevated soul, and perfect integrity of heart. Lovers of virtue should have none but men of virtue for their friends; and on this point the proof ought principally to turn; because, where there is no virtue, there is no security that our honor, confidence, and friendship, will not be betrayed and abused. The necessary appendages of friendship are confidence and benevolence.
Conduct to Equals.
10. Be kind, pleasant, and loving, not cross nor churlish, to your equals; and, in thus behaving yourselves, all persons will naturally desire your familiar acquaintance, and every one will be ready and willing, upon opportunity, to