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Thy mantle on thine offspring thrown;
Thy primal ruling impulse there, Perhaps of faith, perhaps despair!
Nay! if the youth, so bright and dear,
Taught at God's mercy-seat in prayer,
A child of Grace, thy rich reward !
The purchase of a Saviour's blood,
The Sacred Covenant of the ETERNAL WORD; God's never-ceasing Love and Mercy known !
So shall each generation bear
The fruits of thine example, where The seeds, thus sown in earliest years,
Reveal in Heaven's unbounded spheres The glorious, blissful Harvest Home,
The reaper's work with prayers and tears : The dew of Christ's Eternal youth,
Jewels of everlasting Truth, Diadems for thine offspring there,
Stars through Eternity to shine, Children of light, by grace divine,
The fruits of faith, hope, love, and prayer!
Oh that such grace were understood;
All nations with its bliss imbued !
And earth no more a solitude:
To raise the vile and curse the good!
Oh that we had Ithuriel's spear,
To touch the Serpent's malice here, And, as a flash of lightning, show
His mansion in the Hell below, His Empire there in guilt and woe!
But, God forever hath in view
That which is holy, just, and true. Justice and Mercy here combine;
And such God's rule, ALL SOULS ARE MINE! If ye but keep this law divine,
In new creative power to shine,
All generations to renew,
The signet-seal, the blossoming rod,
The covenant of a Father's word,
Oh if the State Christ's sceptred image bore,
Obedient to the glory of his power,
Would sparkle in the blossoms of our youth;
The shining Temples of the Eternal God!
So on we pass, attended, as we go,
With radiant proofs of Mercy from above;
Of dear parental tenderness and love,
Though brought by choirs of angels down from Heaven, Descending and ascending in our sight,
Making more beautiful than Morn, Midnight;A manifested stair-way for our Faith,
To show a careless world the Escape from Death! Oh blessed guardians from the paths of sin,
God's pardoning Love, an Endless Life to win!!
Oh from the carelessness that brings despair,
From unbelief, and over-anxious care, Keep us, dear Lord, in penitential Prayer,
Safe at Thy Mercy-Seat, and happy there!
THE PREPARATION FOR OUR CONFLICT.-OCCASIONAL LETTERS
FROM MĘSSRS. CORLISS AND WATERS, AND FROM Mrs.
M Y labors in preparing the volume of demon
strations from the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures against slavery were for a time exhausting and confining, especially as we were compelled to provide beforehand for the expenses and circulation of the book by subscription for copies. We were also driven to the necessity of going without a publisher, no one being willing to undertake it. This made its circulation comparatively limited; but we were thankful for having been permitted to bring out before the community from the Word of God itself the grounds on which the churches of Christ and the Government and whole people of the United States, as of the world, were bound to make war against slavery, to abolish it by law, in obedience to God's law; and if battles and prolonged campaigns were necessary, to carry it on