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LIGHT FROM RELIGION.
IF all our hopes and all our fears
Or who would breathe a wish to live?
Were life a dark and desert moor,
Where clouds and mists eternal spread Their gloomy veil behind, before, And tempests thunder overhead; Where not a sunbeam breaks the gloom, And not a flow'ret smiles beneath;— Who could exist in such a tomb?
Who dwell in darkness and in death?
Yet such were life without the ray
'Tis this that makes our earth a heaven.
Bright is the golden sun above,
And beautiful the flowers that bloom;
And all is joy, and all is love,
Reflected from a world to come.
LOVE TO GOD.
"THUS shalt thou love the Almighty Lord—
"With all thy HEART"-no idol thing, Though close around the heart it twine, Its interposing shade must fling,
To darken that pure love of thine.
"With all thy MIND"-each varied power,
And thoughts that glance behind, before,
"With SOUL and STRENGTH"-thy days of ease, While vigor nerves each youthful limb,
And hope and joy, and health and peace,
Thou Power Supreme, in whom we move,
And strength to serve thee, while they may.
WHEN, as returns this solemn day,
From marble domes and gilded spires
Shall curling clouds of incense rise?
Vain, sinful man!-Creation's Lord
TYPES of eternal rest-fair buds of bliss,
In heavenly flowers unfolding week by weekThe next world's gladness imaged forth in this— Days of whose worth the Christian's heart can speak!
Eternity in Time-the steps by which
We climb to future ages-lamps that light
Wakeners of prayer in man-his resting bowers
Days fix'd by God for intercourse with dust,
A gleam of glory after six days' showers.
A milky-way mark'd out through skies else drear,
Foretastes of heaven on earth-pledges of joy
THE SPIRITUAL LAW.
DEUT. XXX. 11-14.
SAY not the law divine
Is hidden from thee, or afar removed;
That law within would shine,
If there its glorious light were sought and loved.
Soar not on high,
Nor ask who thence shall bring it down to earth;
Hath no such star, didst thou but know its worth.
Nor launch thy bark
In search thereof upon a shoreless sea
Which has no ark,
No dove to bring this olive-branch to thee.
Then do not roam
In search of that which wandering cannot win; At home! at home!
That word is placed, thy mouth, thy heart within.
O! seek it there,
Turn to its teachings with devoted will;
And in the power of faith this law fulfi!.
THE HAPPINESS OF THE GODLY.
BLESSED state! and happy he
Thine, O Lord! the power and praise
Thou must first prepare the ground,