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THE EARLY CALLED.
The bridal wreath which graced thy brow *
Has faded in its bloom,
In sadness o'er thy tomb;
Thy calm and gentle tone-
Thy sympathy, which shone
Like spring's first stainless flower ;
Darkened life's closing hour ;
Of thy sweet love and care,
A softened radiance there ;
The fondest ties of love,
And we shall meet above,
But never strike the note, farewell.
H. M. W.
See “ Bridal Wishes," Youths' Magazine, 1844, page 322.
THE DEPARTED. And is it so, that I have lost from earth
The valued friend of many a smiling year? A friend of kindness, piety, and worth,
With whom my spirit held communion dear? Yes, she is gone! gone when her morning sun
Was brightly beaming from a sky serene ; Her race, as wife and mother, scarce begun,
When sudden darkness quenched the lovely scene. But, hush! let every grief be put to flight,
Wise are thy counsels, Lord! thy work is love!
It rises brighter in the realms above.
Beam'd on the sight of those who loved thee best;
Shall shed soft comfort o’er each wounded breast. O may we view the steady, even path,
Which marked thy progress to eternal day; Thy life of faith, thy holy, happy death,
And keep, by grace divine, the shining way. And thou, blest spirit! rest : 'twere cruel love,
To wish thee back to sorrow, pain, and woe; No, let my friend the full enjoy nts prove,
Which angels taste, which ransom'd myriads know. For thou hast safely pass'd death's awful shade,
Nor dark the vale, nor dangerous was the way; Jehovah was thy light, thy present aid,
Thy guide, thy friend, thy guardian, and thy stay. My God, I thank thee for the gentle band,
Which knit her soul in union with my own; Unbroken may we find it in that land,
Where “parting accents are a sound unknown.”
In everlasting love, in union sweet;
S. S. S.
GEMS FROM BYROM.
“ As he thinketh in his heart, so is he."
Love and Learning.
HOW TO READ THE BIBLE.
To hear the words of Scripture, or to read
Hearings and readings of no sort of use.
or a fixed design To learn the truth concerning things divine; If previous disposition be not good,
How shall a serious point be understood ? The next,
not the outward part, But the fair listening of an honest heart : Sound may, and figure, strike the ear and eye,
But sense and meaning to the mind apply. The last,
or the keeping pure From hurtful mixtures what is clear and sure; In vain the purpose and the pains have been, To gain a good if not secured within.- Byrom.
DARE QUAM ACCIPERE.
SEE! how those worlds that roll afar,
Serenely beam on one another!
But helps to cheer some darker brother.
Share thus thy light among thy neighbours ;