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Take up the lesson, O my heart;
Thou Lord of meekness, write it there,
Thy lofty hope, thy lowly prayer :
Stay Thou the too presumptuous flight:
Lead me from Tabor's sunbright steep,
With Thee tow'rd Heaven to walk and
Too happy, on my silent path,
If now and then allow'd, with Thee
a St. Matthew xvii. 12.
"Likewise shall also the Son of Man suffer of
them." This was just after the transfiguration.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, 1 saw thee under the fig-tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. St. John i. 50.
HOLD up thy mirror to the sun,
Gives back the glory of his rays:
Turn it, and it shall paint as true
Our mirror is a blessed book,
Where out from each illumin'd page
We see one glorious Image look
All eyes to dazzle and engage,
The Son of God: and that indeed
We see Him, as He is, we know,
Eye of God's word! where'er we turn
Who that has felt thy glance of dread
Can doubt what spirit in thee dwells?
"What word is this? Whence know'st thou me ?"
All wondering cries the humbled heart,
b" The position before us is, that we ourselves, and such as we, are the very persons whom Scripture speaks of and to whom, as men, in every variety of persuasive form, it makes its condescending though celestial appeal. The point worthy of observation is, to note how a book of the description and the compass which we have represented Scripture to be, possesses this versatility of power; this eye, like that of a portrait, uniformly fixed upon us, turn where we will." Miller's Bampton Lectures, p. 128.
To hear thee that deep mystery,
The knowledge of itself, impart.
The veil is rais'd; who runs may read,
Bows down t'adore the Nazarene.
So did Nathanael, guileless man,
In his own pleasant fig-tree's shade, Which by his household fountain grew, Where at noon-day his prayer he made, To know God better than he knew.
Oh! happy hours of heav'n-ward thought!
We must not mar with earthly praise
What God's approving word hath seal'd;
Enough, if right our feeble lays
Take up the promise He reveal'd;
"The child-like faith, that asks not sight,
"Heaven to that gaze shall open wide, "And brightest angels to and fro
"On messages of love shall glide
""Twixt God above, and Christ below."
So still the guileless man is blest,
To him all crooked paths are straight,
Him on his way to endless rest
Fresh, ever-growing strengths await .
God's witnesses, a glorious host,
• Psalm lxxxiv. 7. They shall go from strength to strength.