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LESSON XXXIV.

Passage of the Red Sea.-HEBER.

'MID the light spray their snorting camels stood,
Nor bathed a fetlock in the nauseous flood-
He comes-their leader comes,-the man of God
O'er the wide waters lifts his mighty rod,
And onward treads-The circling waves retreat,
In hoarse, deep murmurs, from his holy feet;
And the chased surges, inly roaring, show
I The hard wet sand and coral hills below.

With limbs that falter, and with hearts that swell,
Down, down they pass-a steep and slippery dell;
Around them rise, in pristine chaos hurled,
The ancient rocks, the secrets of the world;
And flowers that blush beneath the ocean green,
And caves, the sea-calves' low-roofed haunt, are seen.
Down, safely down the narrow pass they tread;
The beetling waters storm above their head:
While far behind retires the sinking day,
And fades on Edom's hills its latest ray.

Yet not from Israel fled the friendly light,

Or dark to them, or cheerless came the night,
Still in their van, along that dreadful road,

Blazed broad and fierce, the brandished torch of God.
Its meteor glare a tenfold lustre gave

On the long mirror of the rosy wave:
While its blest beams a sunlike heat supply,
Warm every cheek and dance in every eye-
To them alone-for Misraim's wizard train
Invoke for light their monster-gods in vain:
Clouds heaped on clouds their struggling sight confine,
And tenfold darkness broods above their line.
Yet on they fare by reckless vengeance led,
And range unconscious through the ocean's bed.
Till midway now-that strange and fiery form

Showed his dread visage lightening through the storm;
With withering splendor blasted all their might,

And brake their chariot-wheels, and marred their coursers' flight.

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Fly, Misraim, fly!'-The ravenous floods they see, And, fiercer than the floods, the Deity.

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Fly, Misraim, fly!'-From Edom's coral strand Again the prophet stretched his dreadful wand:— With one wild crash the thundering waters sweep, And all is waves-a dark and lonely deepYet o'er these lonely waves such murmurs past, As mortal wailing swelled the nightly blast: And strange and sad the whispering breezes bore The groans of Egypt to Arabia's shore.

LESSON XXXV.

Belshazzar.-CROLY.

HOUR of an empire's overthrow!

The princes from the feast were gone—
The idle flame was burning low—
'Twas midnight upon Babylon.

That night the feast was wild and high;
That night was Zion's God profaned;
The seal was set to blasphemy;

The last deep cup of wrath was drained.

'Mid jewelled roof and silken pall,
Belshazzar on his couch was flung;-
A burst of thunder shook the hall-
He heard but 't was no mortal tongue!

'King of the east! the trumpet calls,
That calls thee to a tyrant's grave;
A curse is on thy palace walls—
A curse is on thy guardian wave.

'A surge is in Euphrates bed,
That never filled its bed before;-
A surge that, e'er the morn be red,

Shall load with death its haughty shore.

'Behold a tide of Persian steel-
A torrent of the Median car;-
Like flame their gory banners wheel;-
Rise, king, and arm thee for the war!'

Belshazzar gazed-the voice was past-
The lofty chamber filled with gloom-
But echoed on the sudden blast
The rushing of a mighty plume.

He listened-all again was still;
He heard no clarion's iron clang;
He heard the fountain's gushing rill-
The breeze that through the roses sang.

He slept;-in sleep wild murmurs came-
A visioned splendor fired the sky;
He heard Belshazzar's taunted name-
He heard again the prophet cry—

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Sleep, Sultan! 't is thy final sleep;
Or wake, or sleep the guilty dies;
The wrongs of those who watch and weep,
Around thee and thy nation, rise.

He started:mid the battle's yell,
He saw the Persian rushing on;-
He saw the flames around him swell;
Thou 'rt ashes, King of Babylon!

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LESSON XXXVI.

Christ in the Tempest.-WHITTIER.

STORM on the midnight waters!
Is stooping with the thunder.

The vast sky

Cloud on cloud

Reels heavily in the darkness, like a shroud Shook by some warning spirit from the high And terrible wall of Heaven. The mighty wave Tosses beneath its shadow, like the bold Upheavings of a giant from the grave, Which bound him prematurely to his cold

And desolate bosom. Lo-they mingle now-
Tempest and heaving wave, along whose brow
Trembles the lightning from its thick cloud fold.

And it is very terrible! The roar

Ascendeth unto Heaven, and thunders back
Like a response of demons, from the black
Rifts of the hanging tempests-yawning o'er
The wild waves in their torment. Hark! the cry

Of the strong man in peril, piercing through
The uproar of the waters and the sky;

As the rent bark one moment rides to view,
On the tall billows, with the thunder-cloud
Closing around, above her like a shroud!

He stood upon the reeling deck-His form
Made visible by the lightning, and his brow,
Uncovered to the visiting of the storm,

Told of a triumph man may never know-
Power underived and mighty.- 'Peace be still!'

The great waves heard him, and the storm's loud tone Went moaning into silence at his will:

And the thick clouds, where yet the lightning shone,
And slept the latent thunder, rolled away
Until no trace of tempest lurked behind,
Changing upon the pinions of the wind
To stormless wanderers, beautiful and gay.

Dread Ruler of the tempest! Thou, before
Whose presence boweth the uprisen storm-
To whom the waves do homage, round the shore
Of many an island empire!-if the form
Of the frail dust beneath thine eye, may claim
Thy infinite regard-oh, breathe upon

The storm and darkness of man's soul, the same
Quiet, and peace, and humbleness, which came
O'er the roused waters, where thy voice had gone,
A minister of power to conquer in thy name!

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LESSON XXXVII.

Great Effects result from Little Causes.-PORTER.

THE same connexion between small things and great, runs through all the concerns of our world. The ignorance of a physician, or the carelessness of an apothecary, may spread death through a family or a town. How often has the sickness of one man, become the sickness of thousands? How often has the error of one man, become the error of thousands?

A fly or an atom, may set in motion a train of intermediate causes, which shall produce a revolution in a kingdom. Any one of a thousand incidents, might have cut off Alexander of Greece, in his cradle. But if Alexander had died in infancy, or had lived a single day longer than he did, it might have put another face on all the following history of the world.

A spectacle-maker's boy, amusing himself in his father's shop, by holding two glasses between his finger and his thumb, and varying their distance, perceived the weathercock of the church spire, opposite to him, much larger than ordinary, and apparently much nearer, and turned upside down. This excited the wonder of the father, and led him to additional experiments; and these resulted in that astonishing instrument, the Telescope, as invented by Galileo, and perfected by Herschell.

On the same optical principles was constructed the Microscope, by which we perceive that a drop of stagnant water is a world teeming with inhabitants. By one of these instruments, the experimental philosopher measures the ponderous globes, that the omnipotent hand has ranged in majestic order through the skies; by the other, he sees the same hand employed in rounding and polishing five thousand minute, transparent globes in the eye of a fly. Yet all these discoveries of modern science, exhibiting the intelligence, dominion, and agency of God, we owe to the transient amusement of a child.

It is a fact, commonly known, that, the laws of gravitation, which guide the thousands of rolling worlds in the planetary system, were suggested at first, to the mind of Newton, by the falling of an apple.

The art of printing, shows from what casual incidents, the

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