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THIRD SUNDAY AFTER

EPIPHANY.

When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no not in Israel. St. Matthew viii. 10.

I MARK'D a rainbow in the north,
What time the wild autumnal sun
From his dark veil at noon look'd forth,
As glorying in his course half done,
Flinging soft radiance far and wide
Over the dusky heaven and bleak hill-side.

It was a gleam to Memory dear,

And as I walk and muse apart,
When all seems faithless round and drear,

I would revive it in my heart,

And watch how light can find its way

To regions farthest from the fount of day.

Light flashes in the gloomiest sky,

And Music in the dullest plain,
For there the lark is soaring high

Over her flat and leafless reign,

And chanting in so blithe a tone,
It shames the weary heart to feel itself alone.

Brighter than rainbow in the north,
More cheery that the matin lark,
Is the soft gleam of Christian worth,

Which on some holy house we mark ;

Dear to the pastor's aching heart

To think, where'er he looks, such gleam may have a part;

May dwell, unseen by all but Heaven,
Like diamond blazing in the mine;
For ever, where such grace is given,
It fears in open day to shine".

▾ Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof. "From the first time that the impressions of religion settled deeply in his mind, he used great caution to conceal it; not only in obedience to the rule given by our Saviour, of fasting, praying, and giving alms in secret, but from a particular distrust he had of himself; for he said he was afraid he

Lest the deep stain it owns within

Break out, and Faith be sham'd by the believer's sin.

In silence and afar they wait,

To find a prayer their Lord

may

hear:

Voice of the poor and desolate,

You best may bring it to his ear.

Your grateful intercessions rise

With more than royal pomp, and pierce the skies.

Happy the soul, whose precious cause
You in the sovereign Presence plead-

"This is the lover of thy laws,

"The friend of thine in fear and need”

For to the poor thy mercy lends

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That solemn style, " thy nation and thy friends."

He too is blest, whose outward eye

The graceful lines of art may trace,

should at some time or other do some enormous thing, which if he were looked on as a very religious man, might cast a reproach on the profession of it, and give great advantages to impious men to blaspheme the name of God." Burnet's Life of Hale, in Wordsworth's Eccl. Biog. vi. 73.

* He loveth our nation.

While his free spirit, soaring high,

Discerns the glorious from the base;

Till out of dust his magic raise

A home for prayer and love, and full harmonious praise,

Where far away and high above,

In maze on maze the tranced sight Strays, mindful of that heavenly love

Which knows no end in depth or height,

While the strong breath of Music seems
To waft us ever on, soaring in blissful dreams.

What though in poor and humble guise
Thou here didst sojourn, cottage-born?

Yet from thy glory in the skies

Our earthly gold Thou dost not scorn.

For Love delights to bring her best,

And where Love is, that offering evermore is blest.

Love on the Saviour's dying head

Her spikenard drops unblam'd may pour,

y He hath built us a synagogue.

May mount his cross, and wrap him dead

In spices from the golden shore2;

Risen, may embalm his sacred name

With all a Painter's art, and all a Minstrel's flame.

Worthless and lost our offering seem,

Drops in the ocean of his praise ;

But Mercy with her genial beam,

Is ripening them to pearly blaze,

To sparkle in His crown above,

Who welcomes here a child's as there an angel's love.

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER
EPIPHANY.

When they saw him, they besought him to depart out of their coasts. St. Matthew viii. 34.

THEY know th' Almighty's power,

Who, waken'd by the rushing midnight shower,
Watch for the fitful breeze

To howl and chafe amid the bending trees,

z St. John xii. 7. xix. 30.

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