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flie returned; for the waters were still without a sbore. Methinksl fee the patriarch stand upon the deck, to wait the return of his messenger, and as soon as she rests her fatigued foot upon the ark, he tenderly puts forth his hand and pulls her to him: thus rewarded for her labours, after seven days repose, her assistance being again summoned, she trusts to her pinion; and lo, in the evening, she came. By mention of the evening, it mould appear, that she was dispatched in the morning, or, an least, very early in the day. What a task of toil must it then have been! how many billowy leagues must she have travelled ere she found that, of which she was in search! Linger upon the land I can never believe she did, however the verdure and vegetable novelty might charm her. No! it was not until the evening she succeeded in her endeavours, and then, upon the wings of kindness, she hasted to satisfy the impatience of her master. Upon her second return, behold, a leaf was in her mouth! What a sweet way is here of communicatingC 4 the the happy tidings. Bur, indeed, every syllable of rhis matter hath a grace and a consequence peculiar to it: it was an olive leaf which she bore, the leaf of amity, the emblem of peace; as much as to fay, Lo, master, the waters are abated, and I have plucked a leaf as a testimony of my truth: the Power who commandeth the waves to dry up and disappear, hath ordained me to bear to thte this olive-branch; haply it is the pledge of promise and conciliation betwixt him and thee, and thou shalt not only set thy foot safely upon land, but there prosper, and enjoy the pardon of thy God.
And after seven days more, he sent her forth again, and she returned no more. One is divided here betwixt smiles and tears: it is an exquisite passage. The land and earth had, by this time, resumed their accustomed beauties ; the trees. displayed a greener glory, the flowers sprung brighter . from the wave, and the dove having performed her duty, enjoyed, as nature directed, the beauties of renovated verdure
Yet she returned no more. Noah, though he knew the cause of her delay, had lost his favourite bird. Alas! it was a draw-back upon the felicity of the new-appearing ■world. Fie upon the heart that has not a feeling upon such occasions. The softness of the dove, however, is still had among the children of men, in grateful remembrance. She is equally celebrated in prophane and sacred history, and every epithet of endearment is allotted to her. She is considered as favourable to love, and propitious to every tender undertaking; nor can we, at any time, express a courteous character without giving to it, among other qualities, the gentleness and truth of The Dove.
WHILE THE EARTH REMAINETH, SEED-TIME AMD
A M O N G the great blessings and won. ^ ders of the creation, may be classed, the regularities of times and seasons. Im'mediately after the flood, the sacred promise was made to man, that seed-time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night should continue to the very end of all things: accordingly, in obedience to that promise, the rotation is constantly presenting us with some useful and agreeable alteration; and all the pleasing novelty of life arises from these natural changes; nor are we less indebted to them C 6 for